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Soul Comfort
Nhojj
Soul Comfort
Genres: International Music, Jazz, R&B
 
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In "Soul Comfort," Nhojj invites you into his personal spa, where he caresses and massages all your stress away with sensual, sonic sounds collected from his deep reservoir of pleasure producing techniques. Submerge yours...  more »

     
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All Artists: Nhojj
Title: Soul Comfort
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Black Angel Records
Release Date: 1/1/2008
Genres: International Music, Jazz, R&B
Styles: Reggae, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 837101421201

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In "Soul Comfort," Nhojj invites you into his personal spa, where he caresses and massages all your stress away with sensual, sonic sounds collected from his deep reservoir of pleasure producing techniques. Submerge yourself in splashes of spellbinding Funk, Jazz, Quiet Storm, and classic Soul samples featuring noted musicians Carl Evans {Stevie Wonder, Barry White}, David Stark {Rick James, Teena Marie} Tommy Aros {Luis Miguel}. Allow his warm spirit and soothing voice to hypnotize, and may you spend the rest of your life ~ living your DREAM, making LOVE, dancing in THE LIGHT:), playing in SPRING RAIN, swimming in a sea of MUSIC, acceding to the mantra DOING M THING, knowing every human is truly MY BROTHER, and laughing... surrounded always by PEACE & BLESSINGS. Nhojj's brand of elegant smooth Soul/Jazz/Reggae mix earned the #1 position on the Myspace Neo-Soul, Fusion, Nu-Jazz, Healing, Gospel and Easy listening Indie Artist NY Charts, where he stayed for a total of 25 weeks. Logo Magazine describes his voice as "Honeyed, Subdued and unadorned combination of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye" while the Windy City Times says "Acoustic Soul Music with a Message." His '01 debut, "I've Been Waiting for You," was featured at the 2002 International Fringe Festival in the Award-winning play - "The Making of the Black Man." His '03 sophomore, "Someday Peace, Love & Freedom" won the Best Male Performance at the Fresh Fruit Festival, and garnered the Best Male Recording Nomination at the '04 Outmusic Awards. That year he also released "An Intimate Evening with Nhojj" DVD filmed by Emmy-nominated Director Bill Cote. His '05 release "John Martinborough Coming Home" took him to 26 cities around the world for a 5 month long tour. The only original composition on the album "A Song for Mother," received honorable mention at the 13th Annual Billboard Song Contest. To date he s given free concerts to support the causes near to his heart - HIV/AIDS, Drug addiction, Domestic violence, Earth day celebrations, and Peace. Now celebrate Life with "Soul Comfort."
 

CD Reviews

The Vintage Vibes and Neo Song Style of Nhojj's SOUL COMFORT
Author-Poet Aberjhani | Georgia, United States | 10/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The music on Nhojj's vintage-styled Soul Comfort provided great company for my own soul throughout the summer of 2008 and I'm looking forward to pumping up the volume on this superb CD as we celebrate our way toward 2009. Just as the title implies, Soul Comfort is both Nhojj's tribute to the classic vibes of classic soul music, and, his own exquisitely original contribution to the genre's neo-branded catalog.

In an era dominated by war, cut-throat politics, and economic vulnerability, it's easy to forget the power and joy one can claim with a simple shift in focus. The opening track on Soul Comfort, "Doing m' Thing," is a perfect reminder of that joy and power as it grooves along with the easy grace of smooth jazz made even more so by subtly restrained yet amazingly pronounced vocals. Experiencing the singer's private dance with serenity, it becomes easy to imagine a silver flute articulating the lyrics: "Listening to the song on the breeze...Love is the thought...Peace in my heart...I know why...Cause I'm Doing m' Thing..."

Someday Peace Love & Freedom

One of the profound pleasures of enjoying music by Nhojj is that of sharing in the blissful rapture that so obviously absorbs him when doing his thing. So it is with "Music," the second track. As we listen to it, we have no trouble believing when he soars through these lines: "Music is the space I pray in... Music is God blessing me... Music is the place I go to... When the world is stressing me..." That gentle confession is backed up in a mighty way by the eleven songs that follow.


Take for example the harmony-layered bliss of "I Like That." Instead of an extended body of lyrics relaying a story or personal statement of any kind, the song rolls along on waves of overlapping choral harmonies punctuated with soft laughter and the single phrase: "I Like That." In other words, the music itself is the message as we witness an artist in fields of creativity heaven, at play with his muse, and clearly enjoying the thrill.


This homage to music itself goes even further (though somewhat paradoxically so) with the title cut. Framed by Stephan Michael Sechi's sensitive keyboard, "Soul Comfort" is an ultra-minimalist sigh of a composition. It nevertheless manages to express simultaneously a yearning for and an affirmation of the intoxicating essence of music born of a truly cosmically-inspired soul. "The Light" rocks like turbo-powered disco funk while "Peace and Blessings" offers inspirational jazz at its best (so naturally it's been playing forever on my MySpace profile). Yet both songs accommodate the same irresistible mode of metaphysically-charged musical vision.


An Intimate Evening with Nhojj

As agreeably elevated as Nhojj's mystical beats can get, the singer can also deliver in a key as down-to-earth and humanly intimate as an overcrowded subway train. His skill at dissecting the ups and downs of relationships was made beautifully apparent on previous releases and serves him well on the hauntingly emotional ballad, "Please Come Back," as well as the starkly sensuous "Love." Moreover (without meaning at all to sound satirical) one can hardly get more down to earth than the "grave" alluded to in "James Donovan," a mournful elegy that pays fitting tribute to "all those we've lost to AIDS."

"Dream," track number seven, could be exactly what the title describes or it could function as a metaphor that fuses the erotic with the divine. It's probably best in this case to drop attempts at interpretation and simply accept the song's invitation to "...Soar...And realize...You'll be alright...."


I've Been Waiting for You

One thing that those who have followed Nhojj's career for a while will notice immediately about Soul Comfort is that the individual sometimes described as a "one-man orchestra" is not flying solo on this set. Surrounded by a number of gifted peers, including co-producer Jon Evans, the brilliant results are satisfyingly evident throughout. But even within this set filled with small bright masterpieces, the duet with Mike Ibrahim on "Spring Rain" stands out as something special: "...In the forest inside of me... I've already gone too far... But the sky sends its Light for me... To clear my eyes... In a Spring Rain..." It seems almost sometimes as if two duets intertwine within "Spring Rain." One is the simpatico between Nhojj's and Ibrahim's musical sensibilities. The other is that between Ibrahim and the strings of his guitar.

The same camaraderie that lends grace and power to "Spring Rain" works a similar magic on "My Brother." Guest artists "baron," ButtaFlySoul, Dwaine Bramwell, Jesse O., Sam Martinborough, and seân effectively add additional vocals and spoken word to this rare and moving salute to friendship.

The final unlisted bonus track number thirteen is a welcomed surprise: first because it's unexpected, and second because it comes charging through the speakers like an invigorating psychedelic funk rush. Therefore Soul Comfort begins with a meditative whisper in the form of "Doing m' Thing" and ends with a big rocking bang. Maybe that's Nhojj's way of letting us know he's just getting started good, and that as stuffed with musical amazement as Soul Comfort is, there's a lot more where it all came from.

Let's hope so.


by Author-Poet Aberjhani
author of ELEMENTAL, the Power of Illuminated Love
and The American Poet Who Went Home Again
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