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DNA by Fingerprints

It's hard to believe that the Dallas-based smooth jazz group Fingerprints hasn't been signed to a major label recording contract. Their fourth CD release DNA is an outstanding release of just how smooth jazz music should sound like. Saxophonist Claud Hardrick, bassist Frederick A. Nicholson, drummer Kennan Wylie and vocalist and vocalist Tim Jones should be congratulated for being the best new smooth jazz group in the country. DNA has everything smooth jazz should have from great sax work to urban grooves that hit at the heart. Fingerprints could be the breakout group of the year if DNA is heard in more cities throughout the country.

If you are looking for music that has an urban tinge with sensitivity, DNA has it. If you like a down in the city kind of groove, DNA has it. If you like slow jams that hit the mark with feeling, DNA has it. The only cut that was not on the mark was the one that saluted late saxophonist Art Porter. On Song for Art Porter, Hardrick should have used a soprano sax to make the song have the kind of feeling that Porter brought about during some of Porter's best work since soprano sax was Porter's main instrument. Other than that, DNA consistently hits the mark all through the release.

DNA features great guest guitar work from founding member Roy Machado, who provides great guitar licks on Ivory Lane and Never Enough. Also helping out on guitar are Mark Harper, Kerry Wilkins and Bobby Riese. Tim Jones is helped vocally by Ardine Lockhart, who sometimes performs with the band live, and Cheryl Jones. Also along for the ride are percussionist Len Barnett and keyboardist and drum programmer Larry Davis.

In all of the new releases I have heard this year so far, Fingerprints is the best group that I have heard. There are very few local groups that can have an influence nationally on smooth jazz and DNA shows that Fingerprints is one of those groups. DNA is one of the best of 2002 and should have more airplay across the USA.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Fingerprints
  • CD Title: DNA
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: M&N Records
  • Musicians: Claud Handrick (saxophone, EWI), Tim Jones (vocals), Frederick A. Nicholson (bass, keyboards), Kennan Wylie (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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