Monday, 18 November 2019

NAJEE · CENTER OF THE HEART





Najee

Center Of The Heart

Label: Shanachie

15 Nov. 2019








Producer: Various

Personnel:

Najee, flute, soprano, alto and tenor sax.
Grecco Buratto, Ken Turner, Kenny Lattimore (vocals),
Demonte Posey (keyboards, strings, bass synth, drums),
Rohan Reid (bass and acoustic guitar), Darren Rahn (sax and Rhodes, programming, synth and bass),
Allen Hinds, Darrell Crooks (guitars),
Mell Brown, Alex Al (bass),
Tarell Martin, Eric Valentine (drums),
Greg Manning (keyboards, programming, synth bass), Anthony Saunders (background vocals), Superb and Harmoni Clawson (spoken words),
Rod Bonner (Vocoder, keyboards, key bass, drum programming),
Blair Bryant (bass, drums, bass synth),
Donald Hayes (horn arrangement).


Tracklist

1.Bella Vista
2.Face to Face (feat. Darren Rahn)
3.Sumthin' Sumthin'
4.Alfie
5.Better (feat. Kenny Lattimore)
6.The Way She Moves (feat. Greg Manning)
7.One Note Love (feat. Rod Bonner & Superb Clawson)
8.Speak Love!
9.Center of the Heart (feat. Blair Bryant)
10.Tonight We Say Goodbye

La leyenda Najee regresa con el 18º álbum de estudio "Center Of The Heart" el 15 de noviembre de 2019

En un negocio donde las tendencias y los artistas van y vienen, el nombre de Najee es sinónimo de innovación, coherencia y lo mejor del jazz contemporáneo. Ha disfrutado de una envidiable carrera de tres décadas al mantenerse fiel a su propia visión artística. "A lo largo de mi carrera, he disfrutado trabajando con diversos músicos en tantos contextos musicales diferentes", confiesa el multiinstrumentista que consiguió platino dos veces y cuatro veces consiguió disco de oro. “Todas estas experiencias viven dentro de ti y salen en tu música. Honestamente, si no pudiera mezclarlo, me aburriría ”.

Con la tutoría de los icónicos saxofonistas Jimmy Heath y Frank Foster y el flautista Harold Jones, el alumno del Conservatorio de Música de Nueva Inglaterra ha trabajado con una lista de quién es quién en la música que incluye a Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones y Herbie Hancock. La nueva grabación de Najee, "Center Of The Heart" muestra su agilidad técnica, gracia, destreza compositiva, pasión desenfrenada y generosidad intrépida en diez pistas emocionantes.

Haciendo un uso hábil del soprano, la flauta, el tenor y el alto, Najee dirige esta excursión por diez temas que forman el álbum, mostrando originales conmovedores, una orquestación inquietantemente hermosa de un clásico de Bacharach/David, una reinvención ardiente de un éxito de Maxwell y colaboraciones inolvidables con el cantante Kenny Lattimore, el pianista Greg Manning (Brian McKnight, Deniece Williams, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler), el saxofonista Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber) y el teclista/productor Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Babyface, Toni Braxton).
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Contemporary/Urban Jazz Sax Legend NAJEE Returns with 18th Studio Album “Center Of The Heart” on Nov. 15th, 2019

In a business where trends and artists come and go, Najee’s name is synonymous with innovation, consistency and the best in contemporary jazz. The visionary has enjoyed an enviable three-decade career by staying true to his own artistic vision. “Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with diverse musicians in so many different musical contexts,” confides the two-time Platinum-selling and four-time Gold-selling multi-instrumentalist. “All of these experiences live inside you and they come out in your music. Honestly, if I were not able to mix it up, I would be bored.”

Mentored by iconic saxmen Jimmy Heath and Frank Foster and flutist Harold Jones, the New England Conservatory of Music alum has worked with a who’s who list in music that includes Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock. Najee’s anticipated 18th new recording, Center Of The Heart showcases his technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending on ten thrilling tracks.

Deftly wielding the soprano, flute, tenor and alto, Najee steers the ten-track excursion, showcasing moving originals, a hauntingly beautiful orchestration of a Bacharach/David classic, a sizzling reinvention of a Maxwell hit and unforgettable collaborations with singer Kenny Lattimore, pianist Greg Manning (Brian McKnight, Deniece Williams, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler), saxophonist Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Toby Keith, Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber), and keyboardist/producer Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Babyface, Toni Braxton).

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Face to Face (feat. Darren Rahn)

Better (feat. Kenny Lattimore)

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