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Ride by Boney James

Boney's done it again! He's hit another home run with his new CD, Ride, which is as silkiest and most soulful yet. Saxophonist Boney James has always considered himself as more an R&B than Jazz artist, but since his voice comes through his saxophone it's pegged as a jazz. This new CD may have just crossed him over the top. It's a lot funkier than even his previous CD collaboration with Rick Braun "Shake It Up". That was his third straight gold album and it is deserved. Boney James is simply "polished perfection" and this new CD does not let down his rep. The more soulful orientation owes much to such guests as Dave Hollister, Angie Stone, Jaheim, former So So Def/Columbia Artists Trina Broussard and Improp2's Johnny Britt.

Strangely enough, even though the vocals on this CD are gorgeous, I still find myself preferring the instrumental cuts. Cut two and three, "Grand Central" and "Rpm," are classic smooth jazz, up beat percussion and mellow sax; they have plenty of movement and rhythm. "So Beautiful" is what it says while "As You Are" is quiet and sweet. These are warm buttery saxophone cuts that flow endlessly.

"This Is The Life," courtesy of the steel pan drums has an island tropics feel that doesn't over take the smoothness.

The vocal cuts are well done, especially the first one, "Heaven," has lovely vocals done by Trina Broussard. The sound is so lush; it's like sinking into a goose down mattress. Cut four "Something Inside," is a pretty "begging" ballad worthy of Brian McKnight. The title cut Ride is just that, a trip to R&B's past, it almost sounds like an old school funk groove.

Boney's first instrument in elementary school was the clarinet, but once he played the saxophone it became his primary instrument. He earned his stripes working with such R&B legends as the Isley Brothers, Teena Marie, Vesta, Cherrelle and Ray Parker Jr.

Not only do I recommend this CD, I would say that on this luxury ride, you will definitely get bang for you buck! There's not a side B cut in sight!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Boney James
  • CD Title: Ride
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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