Evolution is the keyword for saxophonist Jackiem Joyner. Baby Soul
(2007), Lil’ Man Soul (2008), Jackiem Joyner
(2010) and Church Boy (2012) are step stones to what
Jackiem is today. With the upcoming Evolve (2014) he marks
his current level of development.
“Music evolves, including jazz. All types of sound evolve. So do people
and our imaginations. That is what I tried to put on tape. Evolve
captures the changes in my musical mind and how I have evolved as an
artist,” explains multi-instrumentalist Jackiem Joyner.
On his new album are appearing sax player Gerald Albright and
keyboardist Keiko Matsui. Joyner’s touring band Kayta Matsuno
(guitar), Tim Bailey (bass), Bill Steinway (keyboard) and Raymond
Johnson (drums) add their signature on several cuts.
On Generation Next Jackiem touches with his emotional sax
blows well embedded in a group of orchestral strings.
On Europa Jackiem welcomes keyboardwizard Keiko Matsui, who
brings her own style into the album with powerful keystrokes. On
Double Bass Joyner opposes his programmed bass to the one of
Tim Bailey. Breathe shines with a splendid horn arrangement
created by Jackiem, Paul Nowell (trombone) and iLya Serov (trumpet).
The album takes
a powerful turn to a mighty sound on Evolve with riffs of
distortion guitar sound, strong sax blows and keyboard chords
fitting nicely into the overall impression. Born To Fly
follows this context influenced by the music of the band Linkin
Park. The rock inspiration peppers up the album in a
Later Tonight reduces the tempo to a mellow R&B ballade.
Joyner’s brilliant arrangement talent excels with perfect overdubs.
See Through Me offers an emotional melody under layered by
a marching band rhythm and strings. Why does a sax player invite
another sax player to his recording? Gerald Albright gives the
answer on Big Step with his unmistakable style adapted by
Joyner in a funky way. With the sensible A Gentle Walk on
Water Jackiem returns to calmer waters.
With Evolve Jackiem Joyner reveals the willingness and ability
to share his talent with other sax legends at the forefront of
smooth jazz. It's up to promoters and listeners to become familiar
with this great genius.
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Artist: Jackiem Joyner
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Artistry Music
01 Generation Next [4:21]
02 Europa [4:52]
03 Double Bass [4:32]
04 Breathe [6:25]
05 Evolve [4:08]
06 Born to Fly [3:57]
07 Interlude [0:58]
08 Later Tonight [4:05]
09 See Through Me [4:16]
10 Big Step [5:25]
11 A Gentle Walk on Water [2:13]