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All For You by Everette Harp

Saxman, song writer, Everette Harp has to like the feel of a song as well as the melody before he puts his name on it.

Says Harp, " I’m really back doing what I do best taking great tunes and playing to the heart of the song, the way the song dictates, not being influenced by anything else happening in the genre."

Harp’s goal of ‘combining contemporary R&B with improv elements, creating energy,’ is exactly what he accomplished with All For You.

Kisses Don’t Lie leads off with a funky upbeat tempo with Harp blowing a smooth sax, Tessa Harp and Everette Harp doing soft, inflective background vocals, plus David Barry keeping the groove on guitar.

Kevin Ricard keeps a nice, smooth percussion going on Back In Your Arms as Harp hits some high, mellow notes on alto sax.

Hey Yeh keeps the sax low key allowing more display by Dwight Sills, on lead guitar. Smooth, clean, yet upscale, foot tapping soul jazz with a rippling run on sax.

An interplay between Harp’s sax and Norman Brown’s lead guitar keep it jumping, with a lot of funk on Just Like Ole Times,just before Brown and Harp each take off on his own inspired solo.

Harp does his own interpretation of Babyface’s (Kenny Edmonds) When Can I See You Again, in a mild mood, stretching each note on his sax.

Upbeat and soulful, all twelve tracks on this album keep the listener engaged in itscrisp, clean, liquid rhythm.

.Harp and legendary George Duke wrote the rich ballad, In The Blink of An Eye, to close the album.

Each track has it’s own personality each is smooth, some are funky, some introspective all are great listening.

No stranger to the groove, Harp is known internationally for his albums: Everette Harp, Common Ground, and his tribute to Marvin Gaye on his album What’s Going On. Later, producing Better Days and For The Love.

Harp has played with Sheena Easton, Kenny Loggins and Anita Baker as well as Patti Labelle. He has also performed with Luther Vandross, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan..

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Everette Harp
  • CD Title: All For You
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: A440
  • Tracks: Kisses Don’t Lie, Back In Your Arms, Hey Yeh, Just Like Ole Times, When Can I See You Again, Time Of Our Lives, Can You Hear Me, Groove Control, It’s Just The Way That You Love Me, I Like The Way, I Remember When, In The Blink Of An Eye.
  • Musicians: Various artists. Featuring Norman Brown, Howard Hewitt, Earl Klugh, Paul Jackson, Jr., Dwight Sills.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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