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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B000GPIPHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Smooth jazz star Boney James's first album for Concord is loaded with guest contributors: old guard pros including Philip Bailey, George Duke, George Benson, and Wah Wah Watson; and young stalwarts including Faith Evans, Ann Nesby, Dwele, Esthero, and Christian Scott. You don't need to be told it's a sleekly produced affair, replete with real strings as well as synthesized ones and vocal choruses, and that it showcases James's candy-sweet sound on saxophones. But James, who produced the album, tilts more than usual toward contemporary R&B, with the Evans-sung "Gonna Get It" taking top honors. He also reaches into the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook with "Waters of March," covered not long ago by Cassandra Wilson, and with Nesby doing the emoting, animates the Chuck Mangione ballad, "Soft," with rippling keyboards. In striving to expand his appeal, though, he doesn't sell his fans short.  --Lloyd Sachs

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You'd never know it from the effortlessly soulful melodies and silky grooves of his records, but Boney James becomes a mad scientist in the studio while working to create sounds that feel as soothing as a tropical breeze. Shine finds the veteran musician conjuring an array of moods from the jaunty bounce of the title track and 'Gonna Get It' to the velvety seductions of 'Love Song' and 'Hypnotic', from the delicate 'In The Rain' and the introspective 'Dedication' to the ebullient stride of 'Let It Go'. What ties it all together, apart from Boney's endlessly lyrical, emotive playing on tenor, soprano and alto sax (among other instruments), is a glow of joy that's as evident in the records languid passages as in its most effusive solos Energized by a new release on a new label, Boney reaffirms his excitement about returning to the road. The communal experience of playing live thats why I became a musician in the first place, he insists. Its exciting and liberating. It never gets old for me.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmmmmmmm So Good! September 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Have been lucky enough to get this three full days before US Release thanks to those good people at Soulbrother.com (London) and have been playing it none stop since. You don't need a long arty review of this to know it's just the best CD you're likely to hear this year!

Top guest artists - just look at the credits above, superb session musicians (Alex Al, John Roberts, Tony Maiden, Lenny Castro, Rex Rideout etc,) fantastic songs and above all Boney's signature sound tenor sax all add up to make this one gem of a package.

Just buy it - after all this is Boney J - "super star!"
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SENSUAL October 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The latest release from famed smooth sax player Boney James features guest musicians George Duke and George Benson, as well as guest vocalists Esthero, Faith Evans, Philip Bailey, Dwele & Ann Nesby ( of the vocal group " The Sounds of Blackness " ).

Contender for Smooth Jazz album of the year, Boney's effortless sax playing ( a la Grover Washington, jr.) is equally suited to Smooth Jazz instrumentals and soulful vocal cuts.

It is the latter that will appeal to the wider audience : please, check his version of the Dramatics' 'In The Rain' featuring Dwele. Also try the more contemporary style of 'Gonna Get It' featuring Faith Evans.

On the instrumental side, 'The Total Experience' (with George Duke), 'Hypnotic' (featuring George Benson) and the funkier 'The Way She Walks' hit the spot.

Produced by Boney James, 'Shine' is the perfect soundtrack for a sensual evening whether it's out on a Saturday night, or by the fire with a loved one.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing CD with Too Many Vocals! November 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the 9th Boney James CD I have bought and the most disappointing. Right off the bat I would delete 5 of the songs, all with vocals: Shine, In The Rain, Gonna Get It, Love Song and finally, Soft. Smooth jazz artists don't seem to realize that the reason a lot of listeners got interested in smooth jazz in the first place is because they were sick of listening to meaningless vocals specializing in the words, "Whoa, ho, ho ho." So what we have here are 7 instrumentals and 5 vocals in which Boney makes a guest appearance similar to Santana on his album, "Supernatural." An award winner, yes, but not really a typical Santana album.

I feel, if it works, don't fix it. Boney had to have been doing something right for me to buy 9 of his CD's but I won't buy another one until I've heard it first. If it's anything like this album, I'll listen to someone else like Euge Groove. I can't stand anything that sounds remotely like hip/hop and this does. Soul Ballet (Ric Kelly) recently put out a CD entitled "Dream Beat Dream" that had a woman trying to groan along to the music and for me, it ruined the album.

I don't mind an occasional vocal, especially if it's special such as "Goodbye Manhattan" done by Pieces of a Dream with the lead song performed by the late Eva Cassidy. But don't feed me 5 vocals on a smooth jazz album and expect me to look forward to your next release. No thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shine, Baby Shine! September 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Four and a half stars, actually. If you are a smooth jazz fan, there's no denying that Boney simply shines, as always. I have bought all of his previous cd's, and although I don't think it's his best (Check out Sweet Thing and Seduction), it is still super fantastic! To agree with the previous reviewer, the only thing that keeps this from being a perfect 5 is the fact that there are so many vocals. It's not that I'm complaining, but I prefer the instrumentals--Let It Go is fantastic! The vocals aren't bad (I love In The Rain featuring Dwele), but when I buy a Boney James cd, I dont't want to hear anyone else-- I want to hear all Boney--he's AWESOME!!!! He is the king of smooth, sexy sax--there's NO ONE like him! PS--If you ever get the chance to see Boney live, do it--he is fabulous live!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boney James Does it Again May 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of Boney's finest. Being an avid Boney fan since Trust, I have gone to many Boney James concerts, most recently in March 07 at the Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, CA. Boney was magnificent! Listen to track number 2 and you will be awe struck. The entire CD is great, he has many great guest vocalists on this CD complimenting his magnificent saxophone playing. This is a must have CD, but nothing is like the real thing. You must see Boney James in concert. I have seen him at the Greek Theatre a couple of times, in the windy desert of Palmdale,CA outside at night and I have had the pleasure of meeting him in the airport and getting a super autographed photo. He is very humble and down to earth and one h*ll of a sax player.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boney James - Shine January 4, 2007
By Sootie
Format:Audio CD
Another fantastic CD from the artist Boney James, being a collector of this artist I have them all and this one is as good as all the others. If you are a Boney James fan then this one is a must. His saxaphone playing is magical and stirs the emotions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad album but... May 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
if you happened to buy the six albums before this you gonna be a little disappointed.If you want him at his finest pick up Body Language and Sweet Thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boney's finest work yet May 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Boney does it again with his first Concord release "Shine". Not only does it feature Boney's sensuous sax playing, but it does offer a bevy of guest artists such as George Duke, George Benson, even Ann Nesby (the grandma of American Idol finalist Paris Bennett). He sounds best on the tune "The Total Experience", which is heard on smooth jazz stations nationwide. I would certainly recommend this CD. Now if Boney would release a standards album a la Chris Botti, Maybe he can get Renee Olstead as a guest artist, or even Michael Buble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
The best if not not one of the albums he has put out to date.
I recommend ever jazz lover to have this one in their collection.
Published 2 months ago by L. B. Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine is a Perfect Title
Boney James is always so smooth, so jazzy. His music plays to my soul and Shine is one of his masterpieces. This album will not disappoint.
Published 4 months ago by Mommienessie
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS YOUR MUSIC. JUST KEEP THE MUSIC COMING!!
BONEY JAMES IS JUST ONE OF SO MANY TALENTED MUSICIANS !!! THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THAT I AM ORDERING THIS CD. I LITERALLY WORE THE FIRST ONE OUT!!!
Published 8 months ago by Debbi
5.0 out of 5 stars Boney James CD Shine
This CD shows Boney James' talent as usual. It gives me goosebumps. That smooth jazz sound is soulful and soothing.
Published 10 months ago by Kay Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bony James Shine
I enjoyed this CD, This cd has three good hits. I enjoyed his other cd's better. Overall the cd has some very good selections.
Published 16 months ago by yolanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love everything Boney James makes. I have yet to see him in concert and I was late buying this cd, but better late than never. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LaurenNyx
5.0 out of 5 stars learning about Boney
I had of boney a long time ago but never took the time to listen to him. a friend of mine was over visting and he was playing boney shake it up since then I have ordered 4 more... Read more
Published 18 months ago by doris maule
5.0 out of 5 stars True art of music!
The sound quality is clear and very well mastered! I was impressed by all of the track selections. This Album is money well spent! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sam's-Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Boney James is the bomb diggity
Relaxing and soothing :-) very good cd. I listen to this when I take long drives which is very often. I can drive calmly while listening to great smooth jazz.
Published 24 months ago by lalahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and inspirational smooth jazz album!
Boney James edited this formidable album in 2006, achieving an invigorating and refreshing album from start to finish. Read more
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