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Before It s Gone gets off to a seductive start with the sweet, soulfully atmospheric soprano ballads Sweet Ladies and Words Can t Describe, then eases into a hypnotically trippy chill mode (complete with cool ambiance, spacey sound effects and clever sax-flute harmonizing) on an invitation to Buy That Ring. A lovely and soothing female voice invites the listener to experience Nighttime Pleasures during a brief but emotional interlude that leads to the other side of the coin on the reflective and slightly melancholy beauty of When Things Don t Go So Well. Dramatic film score lush ambiance meets some of Quintin s dynamic sax improvisations on the melodic, vocal-laden title track before the Sax man eases into the upbeat, lighthearted call during these trying times to Be Happy People. He was studying calculus when he wrote The Asymptote, a throwback to high energy 90s house music whose title refers to two lines which come together but never quite touch a romantic metaphor! Quintin taps into his love of gospel on the uptempo Our Day Will Come, then adds graceful flute touches to the thought provoking, futuristic ballad Nevada Nights ; while Quintin handles the album s keyboards himself, the throwback track called Like This, Like That features a lovely Fender Rhodes piano solo by Eric Nicholas. When Scott O Brien from SmoothJazz.com dubbed Quintin Gerard W. a Smooth Jazz Star, he got the Star part right, but Smooth is only one part of the equation for this romantic and highly rhythmic player who rightly brands himself The Fnkysax Player. In defining what he does, the versatile composer and performer mentions elements of funk, R&B, gospel, blues and jazz, and all these textures are wonderfully and amply represented on his latest album Before It s Gone. The first half rolls like a classic, candlelit baby making set, all dreamy, sensual and soulful, with his soprano charming and tugging the heart. Later he gets more into the groove, mixing retro house and contemporary beats to bridge eras and forge a unique, bright path for artists to emulate in the future! Also gotta love the harmony touches of flute which the urban instrumental genre doesn't have that much of anymore. Quintin s success as a sideman and producer could afford him a successful career even without being in the spotlight but anyone who loves heartfelt Contemporary Jazz will be glad, to paraphrase one of his album titles, that he Persevered long enough to get his Fnkysax out to the mainstream. - Jonathan Widran, Jazziz, All Music Guide.

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Looking at the album art on Before It's Gone is kind of misleading. While the CD case is adorned with sepia images of rustic bridges and waterfalls, the music inside is urbane, soulful and very, very sexy. Gerard's saxophone style definitely speaks of Kenny Garrett, whose influence is acknowledged in the liner notes, though the overall feel of the album falls somewhere between Luther Vandross and Shuggie Otis, with just a splash of Isaac Hayes. A native of Norco, Louisiana, Gerard elucidates a musical philosophy driven by innovation and synthesis in both his words and music, which he reveals in this collection of 13 all-original compositions. Though Gerard's sax is the undeniable star of the album, he also proves himself an adept multi-instrumentalist, backing himself ably on keys, bass and flute at various points throughout B.I.G. Moreover, the album progresses remarkably well, moving from textured R&B rhythms into a hypnotic electronic trance and back again ·without losing the steady nocturnal pulse that unites the album as a singular life form. Quinton Gerard W. is among the few artists that has truly elevated the art of baby-making music.- Garrett Pittman --Where Ya' At Magazine
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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: O.T.S. Music!
  • ASIN: B005GPFGFS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Quintin Gerard W. remain to be heard due to his continued efforts and ability to play tracks like this on this TOP NOTCH cd that has been custom created for you as a fan and devoted musical listener for 2011 and beyond before the year is gone, For New York radio we enhance the midnight air with the title track "When Things Don't Go So Well".
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Q, is the best. When i'm not feeling my best, i put his music on and all is good. Keep blowin my brother. Dillard
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