If you?re looking for intense and passionate smooth jazz, then you?ve come to the right place.
With his second album, "360 Urban Groove", saxophone prodigy Jimmy Sommers captivates his audience by way of stroking smooth vocals from his smoking brass instrument. The album is a surround-sound of steamy solos, feel-good beats and inspired grooves.
Mind you, Sommers is certainly not a new kid on the jazz block. The Chicago-born saxophonist first picked up a sax at 10, and by 16 he was such a proficient player that he was performing at local clubs with such blues legends as Buddy Guy and Dion Patton. Since then, he has established himself as a headliner whose career is moving from strength to strength.
While Sommers? musical style has its roots in the Chicago blues tradition, his eclectic sound incorporates jazz, soul, R&B, pop and hip-hop. Of this mix Sommers says simply: "I play the music that I make. My goal is to wrap listeners in sound that?s funky yet smooth and makes them feel good."
Besides Sommers? smooth sax, ?360 Urban Groove? also features an incredible array of big-time jazz artists such as Raphael Saadiq, Ginuwine, Eric Benet, Coolio and Les Nubians, who are also signed to the Higher Octave record label.
Asked why there are so many collaborative tracks on the CD, Sommers responded, "There are a lot of talented people out there. Why not create with them?"
On the album?s title track Sommers joins forces with Norman Brown on guitar, creating a sensational collaboration that is mid-tempo in nature, funky and soulful. The hedonistic mood continues on ?Let?s go party?, featuring the vocal styling of R&B superstar Ginuwine.
The album is truly unique and flavourful and recommended for the urban contemporary crowd, for those who want to chill out and snuggle up or for those who want to do a bit of jazz dancing. There?s no excuse not to buy it.
Visit Jimmy Sommers? web site: www.jimmysommers.com