Jason Weber - Something
to such internet sites as mp3.com and CDBaby, which are supporting independent
artists we have the opportunity to listen to music, we wouldn't as an average customer.
The Smooth Jazz genre is dominated by one instrument: the saxophone.
Personally I count several hundreds of sax players worldwide and
therefore its important to present those artists which protrude from the average through
their performance. One of these excellent artists is Jason Weber from
San Diego/Los Angeles.
Weber has taken his talents to
perform or record with national recording artists such as Arturo
Sandoval, Nathan East, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Boney
James, Dave Koz, Richard Elliott, Kirk Whalum, Marc Antoine, David
Benoit, Steve Ferrone, Ray Fuller and Greg Phillinganes among
others. As an unsigned artist he uses the possibilities of internet to
present his music. His previous albums are "1st Avenue"
(1997), "Leap Of Faith" and "Snow".
His newest project is
"Something Blue". The album starts with Reflections.
A contemplative slow piece, on which Jason plays sax, keyboards and
flute. Kurt Weber adds his muted trumpet. Jason plays warm and bright
flute tones creating a laid back and peaceful atmosphere.
is a child of Hip Hop time with the typical drum machine groove. Mike
de Rose plays nice guitar riffs. Jason delights us with tenor and baritone
sax tones overdubbed by his flute. A funky drive.
More up tempo music with Summer
Solstice. One can remark Everette Harp's influence. A very
energetic and rhythm emphatic tune.
Back to thoughtful slow tunes with
Alone In Paradise. Alto and tenor saxes
are perfectly combined to dense soundscape. Be aware: all songs are
written and arranged by Jason Weber. There is no cover on this
Less Traveled showcases Rodney Zinnen on drums, whose
syncopated beats give the tune its dynamic flavor. Jason plays his
soprano sax canonically.
On So Cool
Jason mellow soprano sax meets Mike de Rose's distortion guitar. Jason
plays a fantastic soprano solo. Recognize his mastership.
The title song Something
Blue is dreamy and hooky. Although played in a slow manner
Jason unveiled the beauty of his instrument in dwelling tones.
Something Latin on Baile.
Bossa rhythms and Spanish acoustic guitar are twinkled into Jason sax
& There But Nowhere we listen to typical funky incredients.
Short sax blows, wah-wah guitar etc.
is another slow tune comparable in his structure with Alone
featuring Patrick Yandall on
guitar, a further great SJ artist from San Diego. A review about his
newest album "Back To The Groove" is to find at www.smooth-jazz.de.
has it all. More than 5 minutes of power this piece never looses its
energy. Based on a drum programmed rhythm Jason plays his mighty sax
Who dares to answer with no? Indeed a funky finish.
If you like Jason's music, check
out his schedule.
I suggest you to freqently visit Seaport Village,
San Diego, USA. There Jason is playing with his band and with
Patrick Yandall and in the meantime buy his album.