Jay Rowe -
Red, Hot & Smooth
still a fan of smooth jazz and when I like something, I really like
it. I get as excited about new music as when I was 3Ĺ. I
feel fortunate that I havenít gotten so jaded. Some musicians
get really jaded and they lose that excitement, and Iíve never lost
it,Ē states Jay Rowe in a comprehensive feature at www.smoothviews.com.
It's a sad time when musicians have to defend the genre which is
financing their musical jobs. Instrumental music would be a
nameless area if this term wouldn't be invented.
Jay has released three solo CDs: The Dream I Had
(1994), Jay Walking (1997), and Laugh Out Loud (2001). Mainly he is
touring the world with Marion Meadows, Ken Navarro, and Chieli Minucci
(Special EFX). On his new album "Red, Hot & Smooth" he
assembles anew an illustrious circle of first-class artists like Gary
Grainger (bass), Andre "Blues" Webb (drums), Kevin Prince
(percussion), Ken Navarro (guitars), Rohn Lawrence (guitars), Bill
Holloman (sax) and Timi Maia (lead vocal).
We jump directly into smooth jazz life with Bumpin' On Hollywood.
A tune filled with joy and happiness. The upright melody is catching
your attention with the first note. Jay's twirling piano running
supported by Bill Holloman's sax and trumpets are really electrifying.
Red, Hot & Smooth
is a relaxed sophisticated tune. The melody is Jay's starting point
for his jazz improvisation. Rohn Lawrence shines through with his
remarkable guitar sound. I love his albums "Hanging On A
String" and "See You Around". Rohn Lawrence's new CD
due to be released this fall. Hopefully!
On East Coast West Coast Jay
Rowe is defining a clear melody which a captivating character. I
always love his jazz excursions showing up his great talent as piano
player. I cannot get enough of this!
Kristen's Rainbow is
dedicated to Jay's sister Kristen. A swinging solo piano piece telling
us his story.
His nephew Bryan Begley also got his own special Bryan's
Song. Ken Navarro steps into the song with his acoustic
guitar. Jay isn't only a professional player but also an excellent
composer and arranger. Superb!
How can a musician grace his beloved wife? Right! By
dedicating a song to her. Stars In Her Eyes
is Jay's homage to Deborah. Rohn Lawrence's guitar is the cream
of the crop.
It's the time of melancholy and sweet memory when we
reached The End Of The Summer. Jay
perfectly incorporates these feelings and mood in his tune. Ken
Navarro's guitar and Bill Holloman's trumpet are a splendid
Everyone Loves Mia
is dedicated to Jay's mother Mia. A sentimental tune with a great
Time To Go Home
is a real piano gemm. Just sit back and enjoy!
You Make My Life Complete
is featuring the singer Timmy Maia. You may recognize the voice from
the hit single "I Give My All To You" by The Chris Geith
Group. He is performing with Phil Perry, Chris Davis and Surface's
Bernard Jackson. You will also hear him on Rohn's upcoming album. A
wonderful voice, an awesome tune.
Jay Rowe's new album "Red, Hot & Smooth is
music for the contemplative hours. You should spend some time to revel
in Jay's genius. No background music at all.