Review: innovative jazz vocalist and his crack sextet seamlessly blend jazz, R&B, blues, and soul. There are strong originals mixed with lyricized gems from the jazz playbook, with everything sung with conviction and creativity.
If You Like: Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, Al Jarreau, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder
Favorite Tracks: (1) Still Swinging (3) How They Do That (6) Dancea swing A Nova (8) Tunji Baby (9) Don't Forget To Remember (10) Skin Game
Track Review (track times not listed): 1/ horns start> uptempo swing> scat solo> piano solo> quick stop 2/ piano starts> slow tempo> quick fade 3/ piano starts> slow tempo> sax solo> quick stop 4/ piano starts> midtempo> sax solo> bass solo> quick fade 5/ piano starts> midtempo jam with spoken word poetry> fade on piano 6/ horns/piano starts> midtempo> piano solo> quick stop 7/ bass/percussion starts> midtempo builds in intensity> quick stop on vocal 8/ piano starts> slow tempo> quick stop on vocal 9/ piano starts> uptempo> scat solo> piano solo> crescendo end 10/ bass/drums start> off-kilter slow tempo> quick stop 11/ piano starts> slow tempo spoken word poetry> fade