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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NU Groove
  • ASIN: 5557815473
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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I highly recommended this for smooth jazz fans!
D from Philly
If you like Jeff Golub, Paul Brown and Chris Standring then you're gonna love Jay Soto.
Sandy Shore
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Shore on May 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is unquestionably the big breakout album for Phoenix-based guitarist Jay Soto. This guy's got the goods... the jazz chops, the looks, the poise, the panache. Add to those elements the all-star support team (Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Michael Lington, Euge Groove, and Jeffrey Osborne) and you've got a killer sophomore release that's already showing its stuff as it moves quickly up the Smooth Jazz charts. If you like Jeff Golub, Paul Brown and Chris Standring then you're gonna love Jay Soto. His playing is superb, and STAY AWHILE has that magical quality about it that marks it as a hit effort. The songs... every one of them... are solid, led by the first radio single, "Slammin'," which is rocketing up the charts. Ten of the tunes are either written or co-written by Jay... there's one cover, Stevie Wonder's "Send One Your Love," which sparkles with Paul Brown's production and Michael Lington's alto sax work. Then there's a Paul Brown original, "Jaywalking," that cranks out some energetic funk with the help of Euge Groove; and we can't forget Jeffrey Osborne's classy, smooth vocal on "Love Has Found a Way." So, let's review: Great songs, world-class production, as you would expect from people like Lorber, Brown, and Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Jonathan Butler), and a magical vibe. The result: An album that stacks up beautifully against all guitar albums on today's Smooth Jazz charts. Jay Soto's STAY AWHILE is a no-brainer for my "highly recommended" list! ~SANDY SHORE
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Balas on June 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the CD that you'll want to pop into your car for that summer trip. Hopefully, it will turn that frown after you fill up your gas tank into a grin. It is an extremely uplifting and energetic album. You can tell that despite wearing the mantle of both musician and writer, that Mr. Soto is just having fun on this CD cutting loose. I think that allowing jazz icons like Jeff Lorber and Paul Brown and company to do the producing really allowed him to concentrate on the other fun stuff ... like playing. The album is great from start to finish. In addition, the mastering and sound quality are excellent. In this age of numerous great contemporary jazz guitarists, I think Mr. Soto stands out because being also an accomplished pianist, his tunes don't sound like a lot of the other guitarists. In any event, some of the tracks that stand out on this CD are "Stay A While," (the ultimate cruising song), "Love Has Found A Way," (a beautifully written vocal tune that Jeffery Osborne just takes the ball and runs with), "Slammin'," (an extremely fun and funky tune, which looks as though will be the hit single off of the CD), and "Daydreamin,'" which takes me back to my youth in the 1970s, of listening to those classic CTI recordings. Also, being a lover of the saxophone, I have to send out my props to Michael Lington who contributes some beautiful playing on this record, just like he did on Mr. Soto's first CD, "A Long Time Coming." There's definitely something for everyone on this CD, and definitely no sophomore jinx for this jazz artist with this fun and funky release. Go out and pick it up today and start cruising down the highway!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Jianopoulos on September 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of Jazz Guitar, Jay Soto is the future, and actually the present also. He combines the sounds of Peter White, George Benson, Norman Brown, etc. Great CD, a must have!
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No sophomore jinx for Phoenix-area jazz phenom Jay Soto. While his debut album, Long Time Coming, continues to impress, this latest release makes clear that Jay has finally "hit the big time" on the smooth jazz scene. As the debut single, "Slammin'" continues to climb the charts (it has just broken the Top 10 as of this writing), more and more people will come to recognize the profound talents of this writer/producer/guitar virtuoso (the artist wrote or co-wrote 10 of the album's 12 songs, while one is a cover of the Stevie Wonder standard, "Send One Your Love"). While I admit a decided preference for Soto's more up-tempo grooves, and that "Slammin'" is without question my favorite song on this album, "Stay Awhile" covers the broad territory of "smooth" and "contemporary" jazz with style, substance and a sure professionalism. Even at this early stage in his career, it is no exaggeration to say that Jay Soto is a worthy heir to the sophistication and "smooth" of George Benson. The parishioners at Glendale, Arizona's St. Helen's Catholic Church are twice blessed with this remarkable talent as their musical director, and the jazz world has much to be thankful for with this latest offering from a real "comer." Great job, Jay!!! Keep the good vibe coming!!!
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First the bad news: I wonder if Jay still needs to work on forging his own "signature" sound. He sounds like Chuck Loeb on one track, Jeff Golub on another, Norman Brown on the next, Chieli Minucci after that, and Zachary Breaux on yet another.

The Good News: If you put together an album with one or two killer new tracks from each of those guys, this is what it might sound like. I know it's hard to believe, but Stay a While is *that* good.

Stay a While (a title which is just bad grammar and not clever) is filled to the brim with that golden, dripping smooth jazz guitar that is so sweet, you swear it gives you a high. There isn't a single track on here you'll want to skip. And when, from practically out of nowhere, Jeffrey Osborne shows up on track 8, it's a welcome surprise.

After an outing like this, Jay will almost certainly join the pantheon of Smooth Jazz Guitar greats. And once he does settle on a signature tone (likely the next time around) that he can own, watch out!
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