A musical style lives of their offspring. Only when
young musicians continue to play smooth jazz, this genre
will remain alive with new impulses.
Such a young hope is saxophonist Justin Swadling.
Graduated from The London College of Music in 2007 he
has just released his debut album The Dreamer
(2014), which is currently only available as download.
Influenced by David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr. Wayne
Shorter and Quincy Jones he showcases his creativity
with own songs.
Justin is supported on this album by Mike Gorman
(keyboard), Mike Outram (guitar), Liam Waugh (drums),
Emma Smith (vocals) and the Piatti Quartet (strings).
The introducing piece Rem is full of melancholy
and reveals the emotional side of the young sax
Fix opens with soulful guitar chords before
Justin takes the lead on sax keeping the mood inside.
After this long intro of over two minutes the song is
taking off. Outram's atmospheric guitar solo is superb.
With more than seven minutes this tune is the longest of
the album offering the musicians much room to expand the
Isabelle is featuring singer Emma Smith. She's
a rising star on the UK jazz scene and has performed
with the likes of Michael Bublé, Dame Cleo Lane and
Bobby McFerrin. Capture spreads its own charm
with extensive saxophone sounds interrupted by Mike
Outram's guitar solo.
Adoration is lost in far-reaching dreamy
saxophone sounds. With Resignation Justin
creates an energetic counterweight. Mike Gorman shines
with vintage waves. Nightfall is a moody piece
with a balanced lead of singer Emma Smith and Justin's
Final tunes are Rush and Return
maintaining the sentiment.
Swadling's album The Dreamer is not part of the
entertainment segment. This album is more intended for
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Title: The Dreamer
Artist: Justin Swadling
Genre: Smooth Jazz