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Smooth Side of Soul
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
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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 the 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.

Najee definitely did his thing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
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Najee continues to be the most consistant force in smooth jazz for over 26 Years!!! I have every Najee CD!!! Keep it up. The CD is for all jazz lovers. He even has some straight ahead!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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i cant seem to get this one out of my cd player. It works for every mood, whether driving, eating, relaxing by the fire, he is quite a musician. I don't know if anyone has better chops than this guy....highly recommended listen...
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on April 9, 2014
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Najee does a great job on this cd. Well worth the price. Najee keeps you there from start to finish.
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My husband enjoy listening to this CD after a long day at work and on the weekend. He would repeat the CD over and over for the entire weekend.
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on March 20, 2014
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The best place to purchase music. You can get a new one to a used one. Thank You for the selection.
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on January 14, 2014
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Nothing I love more than adding a new Najee CD to my collection! He like Kim Waters, Norman Brown, Paul Taylor and Gerald Albright just to name a few never disappoint!
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on November 14, 2013
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Glad that he got some new music out, this wasn't one of his best cd's but I don regret buying it.
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on October 31, 2013
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Najee is one of my favorite artist. This cd lives up to its name with cool, smooth soul. Great cd.
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on October 5, 2013
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Briefly, I had some reservations about reviewing this particular album due to the respect that I have for "Najee" (the artist) and his work. Notably, I was rather bothered with the lack of continuity and the song selection process, which determined what cuts should be placed on the noted album. Unfortunately, "Najee" blinked. More to the point, "Najee" sorely missed his opportunity to pay homage to some of the late great saxophone players such as "Dexter Gordon", the legendary "John Coltrane" as well as other notable horn players such as trumpeter "Donald Byrd" (who passed earlier this year)and "Miles Davis."

Specifically, the songs such as "In The Clouds" and "Sound For Sore Ears" were perfect to successfully feature his versatility in planning, developing, and disseminating some "heavy" jazz tunes rather compromising those songs with his customary "smooth jazz" renditions. Thus, the noted selections should have been actually placed on a separate album and released @ a later time (ideally after more compatible songs were formulated). As a former jazz DJ from the Bay Area, I contend one of the biggest mistakes that artists commonly make is failing to thoroughly ponder and contemplate over what material is most suitable in regards to the given project.

Remember, "jazz" is a hybrid of passion and long suffering. The above fore mentioned songs had the beginnings of an unheard struggle. The remaining songs felt like "fill-ins" in comparison. Lastly, I contend if "Najee" and his music truly desires to survive "past the ages" (not just another album that will be recycled), then more time and consideration must be allocated in regards to his next project.
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