Causey kicks off the CD with an instrumental track, Rise Up. He plays his own keyboards throughout the majority of the album. Najee steps in on saxophone for a sexy Your Love’s a Mystery. Causey does layers of his own background vocals in a tapestry that creates a hauntingly rich mood. You feel the loneliness and desire in Love Light, as Causey aches for a lost love to return home. Until Sunrise, music by George Duke and lyrics by Ty Causey, is a soulful delight of rhythmic splendor.
Although his voice is as smooth as silk, it is the lyrics that define Causey’s style. He has that rare ability to spin tight hooks that just melt across the arrangements. Reminisce in the Moonlight may be very well destined to be that special song for romantic couples this summer.
Cheryl Hughey is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association. She is a freelance writer and regular contributor to newsprint, trades and Internet jazz publications.