(born Jarel Posey) is inspired by John Coltrane, Miles
Davis and Charlie Parker. In 2001 Jarez started touring
around the world with Grammy Award winning rapper Coolio.
While he still has a strong connection to this rapper,
Jarez is now working on his own solo career.
His solo albums are To The Top (2007),
Saxoholic (2009), and this year On Top Of The
World. His recording was supported by AJ Luke
(guitar, vocals), and Keenan Holloway (bass). In view of
the minimal cast as a trio, the result is nevertheless
The starting song Can't Let Go is beefed up in
the overdub process. Jarez arranges around the catching
lead sax a blowing horn arrangement. This is a proper
way to win the favor of the audience.
The emotional song True Love is a contest
between saxophone and singer to gain the attention of
the listener. Feels So Right presents a package
that sounds in parts overloaded in the instrumentation.
What Pro Tools 9 allows, is not always pleasant for the
ear. On the other hand, excels Jarez on Make It
Better with creative song ideas.
The title song On Top Of The World excites with
an enthralling melody with vocals and instrumentation
complement each other perfectly. The arrangement is
flawless too. Never Going To Stop offers an
unstable harmony image that irritates the listener
I'm Leaving has a strong melancholy vibration,
which is reinforced by the overt repetition. The Way
features anew AJ Luke as singer on the footsteps of
Luther Vandross. When I Look At You puts Jarez
again in the spotlight. Final piece of this album is
Treasure. This song is currently placed as a single
release and can be listen on
Jarez declares that his greatest desire is to be the
"Tiger Woods of jazz." To explain, he says, "Tiger made
an old man's game exciting and real for kids. I want to
do the same for jazz, make it cool again."
Jarez shows in his new album good approaches to realize
this goal in near future.
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Title: On Top Of The World
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Top Jazz Records
01 Can't Let Go [4:56]
02 True Love [4:48]
03 Feels So Right [4:25]
04 Make It Better [4:16]
05 On Top Of The World [5:17]
06 Never Going To Stop [5:12]
07 I'm Leaving [5:12]
08 The Way [4:59]
09 When I Look At You [4:29]
10 Treasure [4:15]