former Hip-Hop producer and saxophonist Sam Rucker started his
solo career with Heat from the Heavens in 2011, followed
by Tell You Something (2014) and now Redemption,
which will be released August, 2018.
Sam has written,
produced and arranged all songs and performs alto, soprano and
tenor sax. He is joined on selected tracks by Lucy Kilpatrick
(piano and strings), Carlton Savage, John Callisto (guitar),
Steven Kroon (percussions), Donnell Smith (bass), Wanda Jay,
Sheila J. Madanat, Joselyn Best. J. Regina Blackwell (vocals).
J.P. Lilliston (drums), and Justin Taylor (acoustic guitar).
Down On The Inside introduces into the album with a
programmatic launch connecting smooth jazz with a wonderful R&B
flavor. The conscious renunciation of professional programmers,
the reflection on his own style and the restriction to a small
circle of musicians from his personal environment are the three
pillars on which Sam's album is based.
internalizes musically a deep emotionality, which
reaches the listener vocally as well as instrumentally.
is an outstanding example of perfectly arranged
overdubbing.Nothings Too Hard
is a slow jam that
wraps up with sweet and soulful playing. With rich and vibrant
tonality Rucker captures the listener on Redemption
comments: " I feel spiritually, physically, emotionally and
materially redeemed." Forever Forgiven
showcases the sweetness of Wanda Jay's vocals with an enhanced
glimmer of Gospel. Follow Me
is a sensible duet between
Sam and Lucy Kilpatrick on piano. With eloquence scooped from
multilayered sax Sam creates his branded style. I Am With You
competes self-confidently with its enchanting character with the
music of Kenny G.
Just as the twigs branch out of a main
's melodies develop into numerous small
meanders. With Please Child
Sam takes a look into the
realm of Urban Hip Hop.
Singer J. Regina Blackwell is his congenial companion on the
street of melody.
Sam Rucker rejuvenates with his album
Redemption the extremely present saxophone music in smooth
jazz. New impulses are gratefully accepted like rain on desiccated