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BONEY JAMES - The Beat

BONEY JAMES
The Beat
Concord Music Group

THE BEAT marks a return to Concord Records for the dynamic, three-time Grammy nominee and soulful saxophonist. The genre-blind Boney James has always helped push the edges Smooth Jazz and for that we are very grateful. This gorgeous new release celebrates the artist’s passion for Latin and R&B music and is a delicious mash-up of the two. The original inspiration, the Sergio Mendes classic, “Batucada (The Beat),” has been cleverly re-imagined with funkatude and reunites Boney with trumpeter Rick Braun. Additional guests include R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, featured on the sexy “Maker of Love,” and spoken word phenom, The Floacist, on the chilled “The Midas (This Is Why).” The project begins with a fresh spin on Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and concludes on the same positive note with an original, “You Can Count On Me.” There’s a natural ebb and flow here that presents the collection in waves that build and recede. Boney considers this one of the best records he’s ever done, we agree, and that’s not easy given the exceptional releases he has delivered over the last two decades… the beat goes on, Boney! ~Sandy Shore

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