Najee's music is one of the first smooth jazz music I came in contact
with. It was his album "Day By Day" released in 1988, in the
time when CDs were gaining popularity as new media. Najee has
performed with so many artists that I just name the most popular ones:
Chaka Khan, Prince, George Duke and Lionel Richie. In the earlier time Najee's
albums went platinum like "Day By Day" or gold like
"Tokyo Blue" (1991) and "Just an Illusion" (1992).
But nowadays it's difficult for an instrumentalist to sell such
amount. Najee comments: "The missing link over the past few years
has been having a great label that loves
what they do, and I am
excited to have a fresh new start on Heads Up. I'm ready to get out
there and have fun again, sharing music from "My Point of
was written and produced by Chris "Big Dog" Davis. Some of
you will know Chris by albums like "Christmas, Love And You"
(Will Downing), or "Streetwize" (The Slow Jamz Album). Chris
is performing keyboards and supporting Najee's solo flute act. There
are many musicians showing virtuosity on sax and flute on one album.
For example Dave McMurray, Greg Vail, Nelson Rangell or Zig Noda.
Chris has written most tunes of this album.
is featuring Will Downing. This laid back and mellow tune is nicely
tailored for this great singer. Najee is playing soprano sax setting
Fallin' In Love is
introducing the new voice Lomon
Andrews. This singer has toured with Will Downing and his next
album will be produced by Chris Davis. So we have here a great
family. Lomon has performed as part of opening acts for Phyllis
Hyman, Keith Washington, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, and the
Dramatics. He has also performed on stage with Chaka Khan and Anita
Baker and sang background for Melissa Morgan.
I recently wrote
about Rex Rideout reviewing Mike Phillips'
"Uncommon Denominator". Here is he again on Back
In The Day. What can be a better prove for my statement: an in-demand
keyboardist since his collections
"Forever, For Always, For Luther", "Ridin'
High" and "Club 1600".
Michael White (drums), Dwight Sills (guitar) are on this party again.
same team has recorded Charm. The title
says it all. A melody charming the audience.
Point of View combines two directions of music: Modern drum
programming with a classic smooth jazz interpretation. Najee sensibly
feels the music and performs the potential of his instrument.
James Loyd of the group Pieces Of A Dream is since long time an
integral part of Heads Up Records' roaster. On 2nd
2 None he lays down his own fresh signature.
is presenting the singer Sisaundra. She performed with
Peabo Bryson, Celine Dione, Michael Bolton, George Duke, Kenny
Lattimore, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Sheila E, Gloria Estefan and
a lot more of great artists. The song was arranged by Fareed Haqq, an
attractive duet of Sisaundra's vocals and Najee's soprano sax.
slow and memorable How
Lovely You Are
is revealing Najee's true romantic soul.
is Najee's son. He performs guitar and drum programming on the final
to have Najee back in the smooth jazz circle. His personal statement
of music is a worthy addition to every smooth jazz fan's portfolio.