Love's Taken Over
In my review of Nate Harasim's debut
album Next In Line (2007) I wrote,
"Nate Harasim is a young musician full of hope and we place our hope
in him." Today my hope is replaced by certainty, the certainty Nate
will make his way. Shortly after the release of his debut album, David
Chackler (NuGroove Music) heard the record and signed Nate on
June 1st 2007. Love's Taken Over (2008) is Nate's first album
on the anew founded label.
Darren Rahn, Jay Soto, Mel Brown, Frank
Selman, and De’Nate’ vocalist Deborah Connors are the fellow musicians
joining Nate's new start in a splendid future.
With a fulminate horn arrangement starts
nuGroove leading up to Nate's elegant piano play. A very
accessible and captivating tune. Just from the start the best
impression. Darren Rahn convinces with his brilliant sax performance.
The vibrant Love's Taken Over
features Jason Rahn on trumpet and flugelhorn. Mel Brown delivers a
propelling bass. Nate's piano play flows like a river and when Jay
Soto adds his guitar solo, the door to paradise is open and wide.
Can't Get Enough bases on the
popular shuffle beat brought to perfectionism by Jay and Nate. The
tempo slows down to the romantic ballade Dance With Me still
On Taken It Slow Nate creates
magic layered with a string set. Nate Harasim is a brilliant composer
with a great sense for captivating melodies. All tunes have a length
around three minutes. Snug and warm the songs are immediately reaching
Nate Harasim has composed all tunes on
this album with the exception of Hello. Lionel Ritchie wrote
this tune for his album Cant' Slow Down (1983) which produced
incredible five top ten hits. Perfectly tailored for smooth jazz radio
stations this rendition will certainly find its lovers.
That Nate's contemporary compositions can stand
comparison with such a world hit, is proven by Feel The Love.
Deborah Connors seductive vocals are the icing on the cake of Nate's
up-tempo piano forte. On What's Happenin' Nate anew indicates
his prowess to compose great melodies. Near the end of the song one
can recognize Nate's brilliant approach to a great piano solo.
Unfortunately the solo soon fades out. We want more!
The absolutely sublime Love Of My
Life shows more of Nate's piano skills. However with the support
of label mates like Jay Soto on Give It Up the tunes get more
vitality. The album ends with an instrumental version of Feel The
Love's Taken Over is a testimony
for Nate Harasim's great talent. Nate's signature sound is accessible,
seductive and finest smooth jazz. What can we await when Nate will add
some edges to his elegant sound?
- Buy the album in
- Title: Love's Taken Over
Artist: Nate Harasim
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: NuGroove Music
01 nuGroove [3:14]
02 Love's Taken Over [3:11]
03 Can't Get Enough [3:15]
04 Dance With Me [3:04]
05 Taken It Slow [3:46]
06 Hello [3:53]
07 Feel The Love [3:05]
08 What's Happenin' [3:17]
09 Love Of My Life [3:07]
10 Give It Up [3:07]
11 Feel The Love ( Instr ) [3:00]