Four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling Boney James is a true smooth jazz superstar. His 15th CD, futuresoul contains 10 original songs produced and written or co-written by James and is one of the rare chart-topper on Billboard holding the #1 for more than 10 weeks.
The list of participating artists is huge. Among them are famous names such as bassists Alex Al and Dwayne "Smitty" Smith, percussionist Lenny Castro, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Phil Davis, pianist Gerald McCauley, and many more.
To keep the interest of the audience awake, it is crucial for a musician to constantly reinvent himself. Boney James has internalized this wisdom. On Drumline he combines shuffle beat, with a strong bass line in support of his saxophone presentation.
Vinyl is a emotional tribute to the music of the 80s with a historic-looking horn arrangement. A Little Attitude is something of understatement. A massive horn bombardment brings the listener in the right mood. The smart Watchu Gon' Do About It? allures with Boney sax and vocalist Nikeita Crichlow.
Singer Stokley Williams, best known as the lead singer and studio drummer of the band Mint Condition, goes in front on Either Way, a tender and gentle love ballade. With great fervor Boney James celebrates Hand in Hand. The gospel-like character is underlined by Tim Carmon on the Hammond B3. Esoteric atmosphere surrounds a Fortuneteller. This aura of mystery is captured fantastically beautiful by Boney.
The Moment is devoted to the instant that contains the special flavor or the magic of the encounter between two lovers. Futuresoul is a term already used for a style of soul and contemporary R&B. Boney seizes the phrase for his title song, which is equipped with a lot of groove. Final song is the melancholic Far From Home featuring Marquis Hill on trumpet in duet with the sax man.
Boney James has not reinvented the wheel. But
futuresoul is without a doubt one of the better productions of the
year and it grooves immensely.
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