you only need seconds to recognize that you listen to good music. Houston
based trumpet player Preston Smith makes it easier for you. On The
Surface (2017) has all ingredients making music to a fantastic
Equipped with a bachelor of arts in music performance and masters of
music he performed in different states, bands and genres. His solo
career started with One Night Stand (2002), followed by
In The Cool (2003), Beneath The Surface (2015) and
finally his debut album on Innervision Records On The Surface.
Preston performs on his new album trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn.
The impressive army of supporting musicians consists of Danny Kusz,
Kyle Turner, Dean James, Will Fortune, Tony Exum Jr., John Lyons,
Phillip "Doc" Martin, Theresa Greyson (sax), Ernie Wells, Darryl McCoy
Jr., David P Stevens, Lucious Hoskins (guitar), Cory James, Roderick
Allen (piano and bass), John Fontenot (drums), Andre Hayward
(trombone), Althea Rene (flute), Shonnie Murrell (percussion), Frank
McComb (various instruments), and Kiland (piano, Rhodes, organ,
The album starts with Meatballin'. Don't ask me about the
meaning of this term. It's certainly not for vegetarians. This tune is
energetic, powerful, horn laden and pushing the limits. You know, the
last part is where the magic happens.
Wondering is the aptly title of a little gem of musical
preciousness. A melody of timeless beauty, a supreme arrangement,
professional and passionate musicians, Althea Rene on flute included.
Stated in a nutshell: This tune is worth to buy the whole album. Two
words, funk and horns. These are the main factors of I Funked It
Up with great interactions of the horn players. Naturally
is the natural-born synthesis of voice and instruments featuring the
wonderful vocalist Shonie Cooper in a superb blend with the blasting
horn section of Preston and Theresa Greyson.
That Smile sparkles like a firework. A fantastic horn
connection in the style of Tower of Power or East Bay Soul featuring
Preston Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn), Will Fortune (alto sax), Kyle
Turner (tenor sax), Andre Hayward (trombone). Produced, arranged,
tracked and mixed by Frank McComb, who also plays all other
instruments. Cory James creates an evocative rework of the Gershwin
classic Summertime featuring singer Antoinette Roberson in a
On Highway 59 Preston traces with his horn the long course of
the road which seems to be lost in infinity. A collaboration with
Kiland, who co-wrote the tune and performs most of the instruments.
In The Pocket starts with a tremendous horn injection before
David P Stephens takes over the lead on guitar in familiar
sovereignty. Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, a great momentum in
jazz history, is reinvented by Preston and Cory James with nuanced
finesse and transformed to a modern format. On Endless Melodies
guitarist Darryl McCoy Jr. shines with a blistering performance.
With On The Surface Preston Smith is
no longer under the radar of the smooth jazz community. His new album
is a mesmerizing overture to a new era, the time of Preston Smith.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Preston Smith
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Innervision Records
1 Meatballin' (featuring Danny Kusz) 03:49
(featuring Althea Rene') 03:13
3 I Funked It Up 03:33
Naturally (featuring Shonie Cooper & Theresa Grayson) 04:13
That Smile (featuring Frank McComb & Kyle Turner) 04:14
Summertime featuring (Antoinette Roberson & Tony Exum) 03:34
7 Highway 59 03:36
8 In The Pocket (featuring David P
9 Sugar (featuring Phillip "Doc" Martin) 03:42
10 Endless Melodies (featuring Darryl McCoy jr.) 03:45