I am totally gripped with the beautiful and haunting “Child At Heart” which gives Najee a damned good excuse to revert to his flute. This song carries me away; the flute beckons you along on this aural journey supplemented by tasteful string and synth-piano courtesy of Chris Davis. Reginald Veal’s acoustic bass is a gentle backdrop to John Roberts’ agile drumming. This is a superb song for a warm, relaxing afternoon. Eighties group Mission USA’s Randy Bowland is an ace guitarist and adds his magic to the superb semi-instrumental “Can’t Wait Another Minute”; a track which also features Timmy Maia and Isaac Clemon on backing vocals. I do, however much prefer full-blown vocal songs. We are provided with a KILLER on here courtesy of the legendary Phil Perry – this man is surely everyone’s favourite singer. The sultry Rhodes keys, simmering sax and dreamy synth are the perfect accompaniment to Perry’s immediately recognisable vocal. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE record a CD of NEW songs, Phil! Until you do this belter will more than suffice. Classy and essential, I would strongly recommend a purchase of this song for this track alone. The use of soprano sax also is also an inspired choice for this type of groove. If you love the uptempo, freshness provided by the likes of Paul Brown, Rick Braun and Brian Culbertson then you should check out the fruity “Come What May”. The use of additional sax to act as background to Najee’s soprano sax is one that is well matched. Great stuff! My final pick is the tropical and 80s filled hand clapper, “Still In Love”. Smooth Jazz is definitely NOT my thing, but whether you would class this as smooth or not, I don’t really know. All I know is it stands out and above from its peers and is well worth a scribble to Father Christmas for inclusion under the tree this year!
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