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Black Tie Affair by Jeff Logan

Self-taught native Washingtonian Jeff Logan today lives in Maryland, near where we grew up. While he has a day job as an administrator in Prince George’s County detention center, Logan has opened concerts for artists such as Martha & The Vandellas and Junior Walker & The All-Stars. This, his seventh release, finds Logan playing all of the instruments as well as releasing the CD on his own BASS-mint Records. With 12 tracks, 10 of them originals, Logan has recorded a sweet recording of subdued instrumental R&B.

In covering all of the parts himself, Logan plays guitar, bass, percussion and does the drum programming in addition to all of the keyboard work. It’s that keyboard work that is most prominently featured here. A capable keyboard performer, he uses a number of different synth patches to fashion some nice grooves in playing his compositions and arrangements. While none of the tracks is anything close to a tour-de-force performance, it’s obvious that the real purpose was to play some nice tunes in a sweet manner.

As a vocalist Logan has a nice and mellow R&B voice that is used to great affect during the background vocals he lays down on “Smootholgy” and he plays some tasty phrases on his cover of “My Favorite Things.” There are elements that detract from the overall recording. These include, at times, moments of too much keyboard clutter, such as near the end of “Smile,” and, in general, a sameness in timbres and feel from track to track and a few problems in the mix with accompanying lines being louder than the melody.  The lasting impression one gets from listening to Logan’s disc is, however, one of sincerity and in that he excels.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jeff Logan
  • CD Title: Black Tie Affair
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2011
  • Record Label: BASS-mint
  • Tracks: Sunbreeze, Black Tie Affair, Smile, Smoothology, Favorite Things, Water To Wine, Improvise, Sweet Sticky thing, Noteworthy, Sand 'N Between, Stratosphere and Elevator Up
  • Musicians: Jeff Logan (keyboards)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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