Although Eric Darius counts artists like John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, and Charlie Parker to his idols, he is mainly influenced by Grover Washington, Jr. and Kirk Whalum. Summarized said, he is "Mr. Smooth Breeze".
Eric's debut album Cruisin was released in 2000. Better known are his follow-ups Night On The Town (2004), Just Getting Started (2006), Going All Out (2008) and On A Mission (2010).
Well respected by fellow sax musicians like Dave Koz, Marion Meadows or Euge Groove the still young Eric Darius has found his place in the smooth jazz genre.
On his new album Eric assembled a crew of top-notch musicians such as Rick Braun (trumpet), James Lloyd (keyboards), Alex Al (bass), Nate Najar and Mike Ripoll (guitars), just to name a few.
Settin' It Off is Eric's invitation to his glittering party. His multi-layered sax engagement kicks you right on the dance floor.
Soulful Stride shows more of Darius' sensual sax blow, which keeps you hooked with urgency. Ron Reinhardt's Rhodes solo lets you only a short time for some recreation. But then Let's Go! just splashes over you. You cannot escape this party movement.
The whoop up continues with Uptown
Swagger featuring James Loyd tinkling on keyboards in his well-known
style. Star producer
Rex Rideout has the hand on Jean Marie's Groove, but Eric's sax
keeps the lead with exuberant overdubs. Top notch shopping, pulsating
night life and entertainment are some of many delights Jamaica's capital
has to offer. Kingston's Flavor is captured by Darius in this
Nu Trane Of Thought brings back an Urban groove. My Prayer For Haiti is Eric's spiritual and emotional contribution for this island beaten by the fate.
Blazing young Eric Darius' new album On A Mission is a musical patch-work of styles. Venturous, naturally gifted, amazing and convincing.