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Think Positive
Derrick James
Think Positive
Genre: Jazz
 
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Being born as the son of a gospel singer, Derrick James was already confronted with Soul, Gospel, Blues and Jazz music in his early years. At the age of 8, he began his first experiment on the alto saxophone. He discovered...  more »

      

CD Details

All Artists: Derrick James
Title: Think Positive
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Flame
Original Release Date: 11/1/1998
Re-Release Date: 11/21/2006
Album Type: Import
Genre: Jazz
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 743213593227, 789368535323, 829410999557

Synopsis

Album Description
Being born as the son of a gospel singer, Derrick James was already confronted with Soul, Gospel, Blues and Jazz music in his early years. At the age of 8, he began his first experiment on the alto saxophone. He discovered his predilection for Jazz and Blues soon and at age 17, he became a student at the famous Berklee College of Music. Also during the time when Derrick was a GI in the U.S. Army, he had the possibilities to prove his experiences, which he collected at Berklee. This, of course also helped his professional career as a saxophonist. "Think Positive" is the debut album from the 26 year old New Yorker and at this young age, his music career so far is extraordinary. He has performed with Chaka Khan, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Klaus Doldinger, Billy Cobham, Bireli Lagrene, Gino Vannelli and Acoustic Alchemy. His roots lie deeply in Jazz, Blues and Gospel. This album was produced by his friend, the piano player and keyboarder Christoph Spendel, who discovered Derrick in New York. Derrick James belongs to one of the most wanted studio musicians and sideman of the European Jazz, Funk and Pop Scene. "Think Positive" is a personal attitude of the artist regarding his career; this is also reflected in his songs. Derrick's light, jazzy feeling is in many compositions the carrying element of this technically brilliant production.
 

CD Reviews

Great player
petecarney | Chicago, IL | 11/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great saxophonist. I've heard this guy live and it's even more amazing. I'd recommend this cd to anyone who's really interested in jazz. He plays music from his soul in a search for reality. I'm sure we'll be hearing more from Derrick soon."