Well, after getting up off the floor, dusting myself off, and regaining my composure, I found that I was still able to write this review in an intelligible manner.
Althea, Althea. Where do I begin? Well, for starters, In the Moment should hit every real smooth jazzer’s musical "G spot." Every single track sizzles with electricity, be it the cover of Beyonce’s self-reliant "Me, Myself, and I," the reggae-flavored "One Night Love Affair" (my favorite, by the way. Check out the silky vocals and tight harmony!), or take-no-prisoners jams like "Midday Grind" and a hot cover of Patrice Rushen's "Number One."
Althea Rene’s strong, demanding flute, coupled with her smooth vocals and a very tight rhythm section stands arguably with the best in smooth jazz/R&B. I’m not at all surprised that she gets some of her inspiration from the likes of Donald Byrd, Ian Anderson of the legendary rock group Jethro Tull, and Yusef Lateef (all heavyweights).
Detroit-born, educated at Howard University in Washington, DC, (my hometown), and having played with many a luminary, including Al Jarreau, George Duke, Nancy Wilson, and the late Art Porter, Jr., this package of sheer, delightful energy has quickly become one of the artists on my "Pay Attention!" list. This is how smooth jazz & R&B were meant to be married! This CD is truly an aural adventure in class. It has a type of swagger that says "I’ve got what you need, and you know it!" Smooth jazz enthusiasts, I beseech you: Do not bypass this one. After buying this incredible CD, you’ll surely want to agree with me that Althea Rene should be around for quite some time. She’s truly a keeper.