No other saxophonist that I've known over the years is as polished and graceful as Boney James. His style of playing stems from live and studio sessions with the likes of Morris Day, Bobby Caldwell, The Isley Brothers, Randy Crawford and Teena Marie. With a technique derived from funk, soul, R&B and pop, it's not hard to understand why he's been honoured with a Soul Train Award and nominated by the Recording Academy and the NAACP. Solid marks his 17th album, the result of a natural flow of inspiration and ingenuity. Boney said, "This record came at an unusually quick pace and there was a lot of positive energy in making this music. Solid is a very upbeat album and as I was writing them, these songs put a smile on my face". The captivating sounds he created for the track, 'Luna', are mesmerizing. Boney captures that "Pat Metheny Group sound" from back when Metheny used to have Mark Ledford and David Blamires combining jazz instrumentation and vocals. It's 4:45 minutes of pure bliss. All eleven tracks were produced and written by James Oppenheim (his real name), with three originating from "licks" by guitarist, Kendall Gilder, during soundchecks on the 'Honestly' tour, these being 'Full Effect', 'Tonic' and the title track lead off single. Boney asked the guitarist what he was playing and he replied, "Something I'm messing around with". Like any creative person, Boney grabbed his iPhone, recorded the licks, brought them home and wrote three upbeat, stellar tunes. Other songs followed suit like 'Just So', 'Sundance' and 'Fresh Air'. All provide a thoroughly enjoyable escape from the anxieties of today's world . My fave album of the year so far....
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