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A collection of fresh contemporary jazz originals and soulful interpretations of R&B standards, the CD’s opening track, "Anytime," speaks volumes of Haywood’s musical affinity for his namesake, the legendary R&B saxophonist King Curtis. Also covered are Stevie Wonder’s "Creepin’" and the well-known Bobby Hebb classic, "Sunny." Haywood’s original compositions speak eloquently of the man behind the music, among them the rhythmic and soulful "Rain Song," and the lyrical, buoyant "Heal Our Land," which was, says Haywood, originally written in response to 9/11, but fully coalesced into a song of hope, expressed by the voices of a children’s chorus, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Joining Haywood on the CD are a collection of some stalwart players in the jazz, gospel and R&B worlds, among them bassist Artie Reynolds (Kirk Whalum, Alicia Keys, Keith Sweat, Alex Bugnon.) Also on board are Ainsley Taylor on drums, Chris Fischer on keys, Willie Brown on guitar, and Paul Aponte on percussion.
"Rain Song," which has already been released as a single, reached #7 on smoothjazz.com's Indie chart, and #28 on the Radio and Records Indicator chart.
Curtis Haywood will be released on July 22, and is distributed by Innovative Distribution Network via Megawave Records. For additional information, please visit www.curtishaywood.com and www.myspace.com/curtishaywood.