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Free & Easy by Lovespirals

Ryan Lum and Anji Bee have run the gamut of the recording industry as collaborators on practically every aspect of songwriting as well as track remixing. In addition, Lum and Bee have also delved into the illustrative side as album artists and web designers. As a dynamic duo of musicians, they have formed their own record label, built an Internet radio station and band podcast, all of which has prepared the two to be very astute when it comes to a qualitative approach to music. With more than six albums to their credit, Ryan Lum and Anji Bee have become master craftsmen in the art of smooth jazz. As recording artists and under the name of Lovespirals, their brand of jazz is nicely packaged as a special blend of mood altering, down-tempo rock-oriented music, specifically arranged as music to chill-out with.

Lovespirals’ latest CD entitled Free & Easy continues a formula that has made the duo a recognizable force in smooth jazz arenas; however, much of their music cannot be classified under one umbrella or style. Collectively, Ryan and Anji can be surprisingly creative and inventive, especially on this latest release. One of the more promising components of Free & Easy is that is commercially viable. On previous efforts, Lovespirals have taken an eclectic approach to jazz, which has often left them lacking widespread appeal. Historically, they have drawn upon world, house, light and airy music to make their presence known, which has created a highly evolved level of crossover appeal. With Ryan serving up a heaping helping of guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion and programming, Anji takes on the tasks of vocals and vocal arrangements. As independent artists and without the support of a major record label, the two have recorded Free & Easy on their own Chillcuts Label, which has given them the freedom and flexibility to be more adventuresome and creative.

Free & Easy is an album that pushes the envelope of enthused imaginative thought processes. Tracks such as "Trouble" and "Deep In My Soul" provide a dance feel, while a more laid back appeal occurs on tracks that include "Walk Away" and "Love Survives." In the end, what comes together are nine tracks of nicely-crafted music. Anji and Ryan cover the gamut of pop melodies, R&B infused grooves as well as pop-oriented licks to make Free & Easy a good bet to chart on Internet radio stations, which is where much of Lovespirals’ popularity resides. Given a broader range of discovery commercially, Anji Bee and Ryan Lum are sure to not only surprise listeners, they will generate a cadre of new fans.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lovespirals
  • CD Title: Free & Easy
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Chillcuts
  • Tracks: Free & Easy, Hand In Hand, Deep In My Soul, Walk Away, Habitual, Trouble, Abide, Love Survives, Sandcastles
  • Musicians: Anji Bee (vocals, vocal arrangements), Ryan Lum (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion, programming), Doron Orenstein (saxophone)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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