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14-02-2016, 11:31
Jazz | Smooth Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: True
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Narada
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Quality: Flac
Total Time: 40:09
Total Size: 263 Mb


1. Bounce
2. Cote Seine
3. Curtis
4. Just a Natural Thang
5. Take Me
6. Something About You
7. Metro
8. Closer
9. Come With Me

Even if this Chicago-based saxman has always been one of the most grittily soulful of today's top smooth jazz artists, there's always been the sneaking suspicion on his previous four release that he'd been holding out somewhat — covering his truest funk-jazz with way too much slick pop sheen. If the title of this superior collection is indicative of the true persona that's here to stay, then genre fans will be in for a powerful adventure. There are none of those right-in-your-face catchy/fluffy pop hooks, at least not right away; a potent live ensemble backs the jumpy, David Sanborn-esque opener "Bounce," which builds to a bluesy jam with wilder playing than usual. "Cote Seine" matches the hot modern chill vibe with some of Steve Cole's most low-key, cool playing ever recorded. Could it be he finally learned that less is more? He finally gets to his trademark horn texturing on "Curtis," but does so in the dreamy, retro-soul spirit of his hometown legend Curtis Mayfield. "Just a Natural Thang" starts with a strong pop hook, but its trappings are loose and bluesy rather than superproduced. Even on the more overtly commercial tracks like the disco-meets-Memphis-driven "Metro," Cole captures the magic of his fiery live performance. "Take Me" reminds us of the lighthearted singer/songwriter vibe of his previous CD Spin — likeable but a lot less engaging despite a singalong hook. Most artists in smooth jazz achieve success with a certain style and formula and stick with it, lest they alienate radio programmers and fans. Cole has scored many hits while on the road to finding his true voice, and with any luck, he'll stay right there as the perfect antidote to his less imaginative contemporaries.

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NewGrammophone   User offline   10 December 2014 12:55

Great record, thank you!

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moozoo   User offline   11 December 2014 01:05


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nrwsps   User offline   20 December 2014 07:15

Thanks a lot.

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