Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
It's no wonder Boney James is a winner of a Soul Train music award, and that his music is heard on urban radio almost as much as he's heard on smooth-jazz radio. From his first album, and on up to Ride, his eighth, James a... more »
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It's no wonder Boney James is a winner of a Soul Train music award, and that his music is heard on urban radio almost as much as he's heard on smooth-jazz radio. From his first album, and on up to Ride, his eighth, James always has had a degree of funky soul and light pop mixed in his sax playing, which is a smooth-jazz staple. But here the lines are drawn more clearly and distinctly. There's no doubt that he's staking a claim in the retro-soul R&B movement with several potential hits, including "Something Inside," with its gospel-drenched Dave Hollister vocal, and "See What I'm Saying," featuring bassist Marcus Miller. With popular singer-rapper Jaheim, James manages to make at least three musical references to the '70s on the title track, including a musical nod to Con Funk Shun. The average smooth-jazz saxophonist wouldn't know Con Funk Shun from Brass Construction, which is one reason why James is not your average smooth-jazz saxophonist. He has chipped away at two different audiences and now has one big one that not only allows him headline status, but gold records. Ride will be his fourth in a row. --Mark Ruffin
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Riding with Boney
Jaleel A. Kairi | San Jose, Ca United States | 11/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge Boney fan, I've seen him many times has come to the SF Bay Area to perform, I love his music. I love smooth Jazz of the type that I usually get from Boney and others of this genre, however with "Ride", he seems to be riding a little away from smooth jazz and more into R&B/Soul, I'm down with R&B , some funk and little Hip Hop, but I when I seek smooth Jazz I seek out Boney, with this CD I can't, while some of the songs are pleasing, with great beats, singing and funky, his Tenor saxophone is more like background music in this composition. It's his unique style of playing that makes him great, and he should never overshadowed by anyone on his CD like he is with Ride."
I wish I could give it a 10!
Island Halfbreed | The South | 01/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Boney James is awesome. I like the artists he chose to collaborate with on this album. I bought this years ago but still find it soothing and refreshing now as I commute to and from work.
#5 So Beautiful has been my all time ultimate ballad...the crescendos, the soothing, the rhythms....BEAUTIFUL as the title indicates.
Excellent! A Soulful "RIDE" from Beginning to End.
rauru | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music in this CD is Boney's most creative work to date. There is enough diversity in this CD to not only keep Boney's existing fans happy but to also bring in a new generation of listeners. There is still that seductive sultry soul sound of Boney's saxophone in every song combined with a little R&B magic from some very soulful R&B singers like Dave Hollister on "Something Inside" Trina Broussard on "Heaven" and Jaheim on the title song "RIDE." There is also a hidden track on this CD called "BONEYARD" which is a delightful surprise and a Boney classic. If you have all of Boney's other CD's, you've got to have this one too. If you don't, what are you waiting for? You're missing out on something really special."