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Back 2 Smooth Single

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Les is More and Back 2 Smooth is the reason why!!! From Tragedy to Triumph, Les Dion has risen from the ashes of Disaster to bring forth one of the Smoothest, Jazziest R&B records in decades! Back 2 Smooth is the incredibly inspiring result of an amazing 40 year life story told through the songs of an extraordinary Artist. Les Dion has survived the unthinkable and his divine wisdom and understanding are the driving forces behind this beautiful new LP. The "Back 2 Smooth" Project delivers that 40 year story eloquently, at times tearfully, but always in a unique Jazzy groove that is distinctly Les Dion. From Label deals at 12 years old with All-Platinum/ SugarHill Record's Hiphop mogul Sylvia Robinson, to world tour appearances with New Edition, and Earth Wind and Fire, Les Dion has prepared for this moment a lifetime. Through the 70'sand 80's, he persued musical success relentlessly, even forsaking multiple Pre-Med Scholarships and, a stellar six year Military Tour of Duty. The road has been long and steep but if my songs can help people improve their relationships with each other and more importantly, improve themselves, then I will have succeeded, and the tragic loss of my family will not have been in vain. The Back 2 Smooth project is positioned to Raise the Bar of R&B from Sex to SUBSTANCE! Les Dion is breaking down genre barriers, and seamlessly blending R&B and Jazz, Oldschool and Newschool, and inspiring us to new heights every step of the way!! Drenched in warm emotions, and syncopated rhythms, it is sure to please musical pallets of all kinds. No matter where your genre preferences lie, "Back 2 Smooth" brings a melodic delight of Jazz shades and R&B hues that will find you humming, dancing, thinking, and escaping from the worries of life. experience the Quintuple threat that is Les Dion; singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and music executive.

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Patience is a virtue. It can pay off in the most fruitful of creative results, as evidenced by Back 2 Smooth, the secular debut album of New Jersey native Les Dion. After several decades of close calls and deals gone bad, the singer-songwriter delivers a cohesive set of relaxed, yet upbeat, R&B gems tailored for those who like their vibes positive their musical moods sweet. Opening with the supple groove of the title track, Back 2 Smooth is a consistently pleasing showcase of a tenderhearted tenor vocalist with an understanding of lyrical and musical authenticity. Dion's phrasing floats gently atop layers of breezy guitars on Back 2 Smooth, an Isley Brothers-inspired midtempo joint propelled by emotive chord progressions. Dinner was perfect, the movie was sweet, he lightly coaxes during the first verse of Stay, the second track. His falsetto treatment of this ballad brings to mind Russell Thompkins, Jr., and is a solid indicator of the notable range displayed throughout the CD. Likewise, Dion's unassuming approach to lyrics here is exemplary of the sensitivity to be found on each selection. Until I hear your heartbeat pounding next to mine, I've got work to do/'Til every single star up in the sky knows that I belong to you. These charmingly vulnerable and honest lines from the slow-jam I Belong to You are sure to win the hearts of female listeners searching for a respite from over-sexified lotharios pitching pseudo-romantic phrases to the masses. On the contagious Your Love Is What I Need, Dion reassures: I ain't like the other guys, tryin' to get between your thighs. Coupled with a shuffling dance beat, the fluid sax lines make for a unique accompaniment to his marked urgency during the chorus. Carrying a similarly sprightly groove, the catchy Callin' recalls the rhythmic flow of Anita Baker's Sweet Love while telling a tale of going to all lengths to recover a love lost in the lines of miscommunication. Meanwhile, Godstrong keeps the knack for head-nodding while focusing on overcoming personal barriers: You're ticked off, It's only 'cause you can't get up off that negative/Forget about the cause...the answer...is right around the way. The song is a zenith of Dion's struggles as an artist to reach his present state of self-sufficient creativity. As the eleventh track on Back 2 Smooth, it would make for an ideal closer to the set. But he provides a different sort of listening therapy with the final selection, Heaven a moving dedication to his two late sons, both of whom passed at age 20. Back 2 Smooth is a refreshing collection of unaffected, uncluttered R&B with thoughtful messages and melodic glow. Tinged with bits of smooth-jazz guitar and chord structures, the content is largely both laid-back and danceable. There are one or two songs that aren't absolutely essential to the package; but in totality, Les Dion has proffered a satiating, independently produced CD that stands a cut above even many of his major-label contemporaries' efforts thanks to a genuine vision and skilled performance. Highly recommended. by Justin Kantor --Justin Kantor - Soundtracks

Back in the late 1970 s and 1980 s, Les Dion was poised to take the musical world by storm at a young age. Regrettably, success was not to be had and at the turn of the 90s, Dion s focus turned to his family. Over the course of two more decades, Dion s life was wrought with tragedy and it wouldn t be until the last few years that he was able to find himself again, and find his penchant for music. His 2013 album, Back 2 Smooth, is a beautiful, soulful, inspiring, and engaging album, entirely produced and performed by him. The musical world should consider itself grateful that Dion rediscovered himself, because this record is fantastic. The most immediately identifiable trait about Back 2 Smooth is Dion s heavenly voice. On the fourteen songs he has here, every one of them has a vocal performance that is nothing short of heavenly. Without exaggeration, Back 2 Smooth may indeed by one of the smoothest records to come out in quite some time. Heath Andrew - Indie Reviewer --Indie Reviewer

Les Dion s new release, Back 2 Smooth, is an album that spans multiple genres from R&B to jazz and soul with a talented vocal delivery and superb musicianship throughout. The smooth percussion, fluid melodies, and upbeat vocal deliveries are not deficient in any way. There is room for laid-back lounging, as well as more upbeat dance-friendly tunes. There are enough good elements to keep listeners duly enthralled. Fans of soul, jazz, R&B, and nostalgic jazz will be especially pleased with the new release. Les is more and Back 2 Smooth is the reason. Mathew Forss- Inside World Music --Matthew Forss- Inside World Music
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Entrascope Music Group
  • ASIN: B00BZ9VFY0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had NEVER heard of this guy until 3/29/13. I was surfing the web and came across his name and album on a blog site that I visit. Well, let me tell you, after downloading the album and playing it, I was taken aback. He kind of reminds me of the artist Kem. He sings with passion and emotion on nearly all of the songs. WOW what a breath of fresh air. Nice melodies, pensive lyrics, and wonderful vocal arrangements.

A few of my favorites:
I Belong To You
Teach Me Tonight
Changing My Tone
Callin
Back 2 Smooth (Lounge Mix)

Most of the material on this CD is SMOOTH, he has a couple of up-tempo tracks, but he shines on the slower more intimate songs.

I was glad I stumbled across this artist. Nice music.
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Undiscovered raw uncut talent!!!... I'm blessed to know this man personally!...it's just a matter of time before he is known worldwide!!!.This moment after tough trials and tribulations of life has been in the making for years......Love ya Brotha congrats!!!
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Man I don't know if I have ever found an unknown Artist as good as this guy. Where the heck has he been hiding??? Not sure if I have ever heard any singer be able to float around different genres from R&B, to Smooth Jazz, to Inspiration so fluidly. I honestly don't buy a lot of music, but this CD people is a gem!!!!! I'd pay more easily if I had to. The dude takes the jazz classic Teach Me Tonight and flat out rips the end like nothing I've heard before. A must have in your music collection.
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