by Tony Johnson
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Jerome Najee Rasheed or better known to the Jazz world as simply “Najee” released his 15th project ‘The Smooth Side Of Soul”.
Being in the industry now for 26 years hasn’t missed a beat with this project which is a combination of Smooth & Traditional jazz showing his skills not only a sax player but also a great flute player as you will hear on the song “You Tube” & “Mari”.
Najee funks it up with “Dis n Dat”, “One Night In Soho”,”Fu Fu She She” and the dance track “Just to fall In Love” feat Phil Perry but on Smooth groove side “Perfect Nites’ is my favorite. “First Kiss” f/ Jeff Lober is also nice & smooth.
On The Traditional Jazz side for those who’s in to John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chick Corea type flavor then check out “In The Clouds” & “Sound For Sore Ears”
If you are INDEED a Jazz head and can truly appreciate the Art of jazz “The Smooth Side Of Soul” is the complete package from start to finish.
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