Sometimes I miss a newly released album several months after its release. therefore, Solex (not to be confused with the Dutch artist under the same name) released his 5th project “Smooth Soul” on March 1, 2014.
“Smooth Soul” consists of 11 tracks and according to keyboardist and bass player Solex aka “Solomon Edmond” on his website he explains the definition of “Smooth Soul” by stating “One of my pet peeves is the categorization of music. Why does it have to be jazz or rock or hip hop? Why can’t it just be music? It’s a universal language, and I embrace that in this project called Smooth Soul.”
That’s precisely what this project is from start to finish….”Smooth Soul.” Each song is instrumentally beautiful and fresh.
Solex pays tribute to the late George Duke on “Ode George” much of the disc seems George Duke influenced primarily on “Smooth Soul,” “Right Here,” “Sail Away,” & “Mellow Mood.” Solex does a fabulous job revising Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and I enjoy listening to “Easy Livin,'”In the Moment,” “Season’s Change,” and “Aand Lug.”
“Smooth Soul” is a breath of fresh air for Jazz and R&B also a must buy for anyone that enjoys smooth and relaxing music. I am delighted I came across this album, and I’m sure you will too if you haven’t already heard it for yourself.
Thank you Solex for giving us “Smooth Soul”:)
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