Man is singer, songwriter, bassist and a man, who isn't in the
constant pursuit of perhaps unattainable material goals, but takes
life as it is and receives solely from the existing beautiful things
personal satisfaction. Reading his diaries, enjoying his receipts of
belle cuisine and listening to his beautiful music is like Yin and
Before I fall into raptures here some
facts of his musical career. Songwriter for Angela Bofill, Brian Jack,
the Temptations, Carl Anderson and finally creator of his debut album
End of The Rainbow (1995). He really found the golden pot and
continued with Closer To Paradise (1996), Secret Rendezvous
(1997), Jazzified (1999), All I Want For Christmas
(2000), For Now And Forever (2003), Bella Mia (2004),
Solstice (2006), Christmas Eve (2008), and this year
Thousand Miles Away.
Also to mention is his side project
In 1998 Carl Griffin needed a funky jazz group for his new label. So
Slim Man gathered some of his buddies to record the first album
Royal Function (1999), followed by The Poe House
(2001) and Soul Lounge (2005).
On his new album Slim
Man gathered again some of his good old friends like Mark Antoine
(guitars), George Hazelrigg (Rhodes, Hammond b3, mini-moog), John
Coale (drums), Eric Hastings (drums), Robert Fiester (guitar), Hit man
Howie Z (percussion), Eric Casillas (percussion) and Rebeca Vega
(backing vocals). Slim wrote all songs except One By One, and
One Of These Days, which he
co-wrote with Marc Antoine.
Let's start into a Sunny Day.
Slim Man allures with great charming potential his beloved woman. A
wonderful ballade for the best occasions of your life. Guitar,
keyboards and vocals in a perfect flow. The high quality of songs like
Thousand Miles Away is recognizable in details. So uses John
Coale brushes instead of sticks for his rhythmic accompaniment.
Catchy lyrics and vibrant vocals with
Marc's intimate licks on acoustic guitar makes an indictment like
If You Only Knew to an adoring love poem. My One And Only One,
love is Slim's central theme in most of his ballades. Observe the
mounting of the red moon in the blue midnight sky. Red Moon Rising
is a wonderful sound collage with a great passion for arrangement,
expression and emotion.
Hey Carolina is an uplifting Samba tune
inviting to some sportive movement, we normally call dancing.
Everywhere I Go shows the balladeer Slim Man in wistful and
nostalgic memory. One By One, another love song. Co-written
with Marc Antoine this song shares the influence of both artists.
Slim Man wrote Promise Of Love for Al Jarreau. Finally he
decided to take it for his album because of Marc Antoine's excellent
guitar layer. One Of These Days, the second co-composition with
Marc Antoine features Antoine's splendid guitar work. Also impressing
George Hazelrigg's brilliant adds on keys.
Sunny Day (Slight Return) is more than a reprise of the
same-titled song. The breezy atmospheric song showcases Robert
Fiester's mesmerizing guitar performance. If you need some funk, visit
his website. For Now And Forever is an appetizer for Slim Man's
live album. The song was recorded during a concert, Slim gave in
California last year. The song is a little different to the title Slim
recorded for his album in a studio, which is available at his website.
Thousand Miles Away is an
album full of top notch love ballades, strong compositions, fine
arrangements and overall Slim's convincing and authentic vocals.
Buy the album
Title: Thousand Miles Away
Artist: Slim Man
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Oui Oui Music
01 Sunny Day [4:02]
02 Thousand Miles Away [3:42]
03 If You Only Knew [3:08]
04 My One And Only One [3:20]
05 Red Moon Rising [4:18]
06 Hey Carolina [4:29]
07 Everywhere I Go [3:47]
08 One By One [3:30]
09 Promise Of Love [2:45]
10 One Of These Days [3:50]
11 Sunny Day (Slight Return) [3:40]
12 For Now And Forever (Live) [5:12]
Bona Fide - Soul Lounge
Bona Fide - The Poe House