who lead us to believe that smooth jazz is something for the older
fail to notice the large crowd of young musicians, which are keen
to entertain the audience. Out of this overwhelming legion of new
musicians I pick today Michael J Thomas. Once a member of the Jive
Rockets, he joined the smooth jazz genre after moving to Destin,
Florida in 1999.
Michael's debut album, is scheduled for release March 2nd on Harbor
Breeze Records. Produced by Shannon Wallace and Michael J Thomas the
new album deserves a comprehensive reflection. Michael is supported by
Jonathan Davis (drums & percussion), Eric Lampley (bass), Diki Ross
(keyboards), Shannon Wallace (guitar), and Paul Scurto (trumpet).
The journey starts in Midtown
Manhattan not in a bombastic way but with a superb elegance, which
is a good sign for Michael's sincerity as a professional musician.
Michael don't just play the melody but tries to interprets the
interrelation of the complete theme.
Sure, as a young musician Michael
follows his idols like Dave Koz, Richard Elliot or Boney James, but
City Beat shows it up, Michael does it with accurateness. Have we
anything to offer our guests? The romantic Wedding Song (Forever
Always) for countless matrimonies. I have to admit, Shannon
Wallace can play his guitar!
The propelling 30-A Degrees with
drummer Jonathan Davis in a good mood cannot go wrong. With respect to
the original Michael and Shannon approach Michael Jackson's Billie
Jean. At last the details of the original fade away a little bit.
Pretty Skin presents a further dose of Michael Thomas' huge
depot of romantic remedies.
Michael even offers unusual
instrumentation like turntable scratching on Mind Your Step.
Not always a necessary element. Please use it with care. Amante Del
Vino is a stronger tune with tension, good arrangement and
performance. Really appealing. Michael has a formidable affinity
to romance like on the heartfelt ballade Back Home. Personally
I prefer his energetic side on the propelling Cali Trippin'.
Outstanding Paul Scurto on trumpet, he leveled the tune to a great
City Beat reveals Michael J
Thomas' big talent as composer and sax player. We will certainly hear
more of this blessed artist.
Buy the album
at the artist's website
Title: City Beat
Artist: Michael J. Thomas
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Harbor Breeze Music
01 Midtown Manhattan [4:49]
02 City Beat [4:03]
03 Wedding Song (Forever Always) [4:36]
04 30-A Degrees [3:54]
05 Billie Jean [5:18]
06 Pretty Skin [5:11]
07 Mind Your Step [4:41]
08 Amante Del Vino [3:46]
09 Back Home [3:11]
10 Cali Trippin' [3:57]