Dillard has just released his ninth album Feel My Passion
(2017). Jazzful Hymms (2008), Genesis
(2009), Awaken (2010), Christmas Moments with Buff
Dillard (2011), Against All Odds (2012), and Mr.
Bonejazz (2015) are some of the others.
In the smooth
jazz domain are the saxophonists the kings. Trombonists have to
struggle for acknowledgement, even those who have like Buff an
academic qualification. So bringing his instrument to the front of
the stage, was his premier impetus. With much energy and pleasure
he is pushing forward his life target.
Feel My Passion
is the aptly title of his new effort. Buff is supported by his
Davien Bailey (trumpet), Nicci Canada, Ryan B. (vocals), Derek
Harling, Tony "Teaspoon" Witherspoon (keyboards), Paul Dozier
(guitar), Clayton Turnage, Calvin Napper, Brian Houze (drums), and
Melvin E. Gray (bass). Buff has written and produced all tracks
with the exception of three covers.
With My Passion Is
Buff introduces into his new project revealing his concern to
entertain his audience. The title song features Buff on trombone
with a harmonic twist while vocalist Nicci Canada brings together
with Dillard the message into words. I Just Wanna Live is
a more than modest wish in life. Buff's slide and Nicci's scat
song encapsulate this essential desire in a catchy melody.
Feel Like Making Love is intimately associated with the
famous singer Roberta Flack. This song has already inspired jazz
greats like Bob James and George Benson for fascinating covers.
When Paul Dozier strikes his guitar, George Benson couldn't do it
better. Buff Dillard swings on trombone like a beast and Tarsha
Williams sprinkles in some charming verses. The slow paced
Sunrise underlines the atmosphere, when the first
sunrays touch the world into a golden light.
Believe gives this album the extra pop. Never ever heard a
religious message with such a sliding groove. Step'in is
a gold nugget of funk inspired by Brother Johnson's very own
Stomp. Philadelphia's soul group The Stylistics recorded
People Make the World Go Round in 1972 with tremendous
success. Buff tackles this song with profound routine making it to
a great Philadelphia sound celebration.
Stevie Wonder has
influenced generations of musicians. Especially his album
Songs in the Key of Life is a treasure trove for innumerous
renditions. Buff has chosen from this album Loves in Need
and makes the song under Steve's guidance to his own performing
the trombone with such a grace only typical for Buff's style.
The trombone is a striking instrument with its crisp tone. Dreams
is a good example for Buff's outstanding position as solo
interpret. His range of expression from the soft sound to the
blasting tone is remarkable. On the final Choose Life
Buff gives a brief insight into his singing abilities in a duet
with Nicci Canada.
There are only a handful of skillful
people in the field of smooth jazz, who master their instruments
like Buff Dillard. But there is only one who performs his
instrument with such vigor and passion. You have already guessed
it. The one and only Buff Dillard.
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Title: Feel My Passion
Artist: Buff Dillard
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Bonejazz Entertainment
1 My Passion Is 0:27
2 Feel My Passion 3:36
3 I Just
Wanna Live 3:47
4 Feel Like Making Love 5:06
6 Just Believe 4:17
7 Step'in 3:46
Make the World Go Round 3:35
9 Loves in Need 4:01
11 Choose Life 1:52