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“Sweet Thing” is “the fifth album by jazz saxophonist Boney James,
released in 1997. ‘I Still Dream’ features Al Jarreau.” It’s basically
smooth jazz with a funky style that can reach towards R&B. From all
I have read about Boney James, performing onstage is more
important to him than is recording albums. I hope
you all enjoy “Sweet Thing” because
it sounds really good to me.
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Boney James – Sweet Thing
Whether you consider Boney James to be
smooth jazz or funky R&B he really
gets his licks in, and it sounds great!
The Daily Walk with Love, November 15, 2017, by Paul Evans. Featured video is Boney James Sweet Thing ( Full Album ), courtesy of Warner Brothers, (© 1997), Gabriel Frost and YouTube (Thanks, Google!). Boney James’ personnel and some rights go to Boney James, Larry Vignon & Brian Jackson. Featured photograph of Boney James, with post-processing by me, is courtesy of The Wilbur.com.
Visit the Official Boney James website. Boney has a new album which came out in September, called “Honestly.” At the link you can get this via Amazon or iTunes. Also, check out the official Boney James Facebook page, where you can also buy Honestly or spend time looking through great photographs of Boney. If you’re like most geeks and prefer to buy your music on digital-rights-free, high quality mp3’s (a kind of music I hope never dies a technological death!), check out digital downloads of Boney’s music on Amazon.com, where his albums range in price from $5.99 to $11.49 for “Honesty.”
Wikipedia says of Boney James that he was born James Oppenheim on September 1, 1961. There is some debate about the style of music James plays. Most of the radio stations that play his music are smooth jazz radio stations, though some of his albums are more R&B, and all of them have a funky style which is a cut above ordinary smooth jazz, in my book. Wikipedia says he was most influenced by jazz saxophone great Grover Washington, Jr. Of his early career, PE.com says that “James toured with Morris Day, the Isley Brothers, Bobby Caldwell and more before releasing his first solo album in 1992.” Wikipedia summarizes his career:
Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2001, 2004, 2014 and Best Traditional R&B Performance, 2009 ) and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album 1998). He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album. James has sold over 3 million albums and has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. In 2009 Billboard magazine named James one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade.
According to the Boston Globe: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball…James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.”
Of the album in question, Sweet Thing, Wikipedia notes that it is “the fifth album by jazz saxophonist Boney James, released in 1997. ‘I Still Dream’ features Al Jarreau.” From all I have read about Boney James, performing onstage is more important to him than is recording albums. I hope you all enjoy “Sweet Thing” because it sounds good to me. As you can imagine from the recordings we typically have featured on The Daily Walk with Love, smooth jazz is not the usual for us. I went through a fairly long phase where I used to listen to smooth jazz on the nationwide FM radio chain known simply as “The Wave,” but lately it has been mostly classic rock and new age for me, with some folk and country thrown in. Maybe I am changing…. Besides which, ever since the 90’s, I really like Boney’s style and sound.