N' Touch - N' Touch
Jazz is still a genre with many faces. Sometimes one has the
impression that the music is repetitive, then a new album of
independant artists arrives with fresh sound. The music of N'
Touch is a good example. Bandleader of the group is saxophonist
Eldon “T” Jones, further members are Matthew Minnieweather (electric piano &
keyboards), David Allen
(lead & rhythm guitar), Anthony Jones
(drums) and Terry Taylor ( percussions).
The Portland based band already
opened for such great artists as Earth,Wind &
Fire, Tower of Power, Angelique Kidjo and Boney James. After the
group was founded in 1993, the members developped a level of high
professionality, which is obviously listenable on their debut album
The lead theme of the title track N'
Touch is presented by
Eldon “T” Jones on sax. The band plays a progressive smooth jazz with
the mainweight on jazz. Some listeners compare the group with the
early fusionesque Jeff Lorber or Spyro Gyra.
The slow-tempo Close
To My Heart has a more smooth and romantic attitude.
On Walk With
Me, a more funky tune,
Matthew Minnieweather shows his skills in piano play, although Eldon “T” Jones'
sax is certainly the dominant instrument on the whole album.
Old Soul has
more souls than one, some funk, some soul, some smooth jazz. Eldon
plays smoothly than more agressive. The music remains always
melodious, even when the members start to improvise, which is often
The R'n B tune Time
Will Tell features the warm and energetic
vocals of Tracey Harris. There are a lot of new singers to discover.
What is a better platform than such an album. A melody which stays in
mind, I have to stop humming.
The Latin flavored Hasta
Luego starts with a thrilling sax melody in a midtempo, but on
the last third the tempo increases to a fantastic drum and percussion
The funky Sweet
Potato Pie is a short interlude, which could be continued
Rush Hour has
a fusion jazz character but absolutely not the haste of the rush hour
of a big city. No, the group plays a solid style but relaxed.
Some Bossa Nova is to hear on the
balladesques Passages. David Allen plays
his melodious electric guitar.
Keyboards and sax are the main
players on the short interlude Galaxy
with some spheric sounds.
On the jazzy Spirit
Of The Moments all muscians showcases their funky versatility.
The final Coming
Home is a slow-tempo, gospel-spirited piece. I can imagine that
the audience will light their candles when this song begins.
The debut album N' Touch
elucidates that Smooth Jazz is more than that music we can hear on
Smooth Jazz radio-stations. N'Touch will go their way to success.