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Goin' All Out
     

Goin' All Out

4.6 3
by Eric Darius
 
Goin' All Out is saxophonist Eric Darius' fourth album since 2004, and his Blue Note debut. While the label has released smooth jazz efforts in the past, that trend slowed in the 21st century, favoring instead artists who appealed to a broader range of the ever-shrinking CD-buying market: Norah Jones, Amos Lee<

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Goin' All Out 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful CD. If you like jazz you will love this one.
ktownkid More than 1 year ago
I've loved every Jazz CD I've ever purchased from Barnes & Noble! And Eric Darius' CD "Goin' All Out" is wonderful!!! I really would like to encourage every one that loves jazz to check out this CD--it's great!!!
SmoothJazzReviews.net More than 1 year ago
Saxman Eric Darius makes his Blue Note debut with Goin¿ All Out. Darius has clearly tried to incorporate a number of different styles into the release, stretching his chops beyond the regular smooth jazz experience. The opening track `Just Like That¿ establishes an upbeat tone for the album although I found the hand-clapped beat a little too over-powering for the bouncy sax melody. A finer balance between drum programming and sax would also have better served a cover of Ne-Yo¿s `Because Of You¿. `Just for the Moment¿ featuring the guitar of Norman Brown, and the title track boosted by a funky bass and horn section, are both engaging songs. Mary J. Blige¿s `Be Without You¿ also fits the bill with a slower R&B groove. Industrial sounds and rhythms drive `Vibe With Me¿ and `Feelin Da¿ Rhythm¿, neither of which would be too out-of-place on a modern dance floor, especially the latter. After the adventurous two tracks preceding it, `Ain¿t No Doubt About It¿ feels like somewhat of a let-down as it heads back to safer ground. `Unconditional¿ reestablishes the rhythmic and melodic creativity of the earlier tracks however. The set concludes with `Breathe¿ a respectable but unremarkable number. With a few albums now under his belt, Darius is starting to show more maturity and establish a unique ¿sound¿ which can only bode well for his future. -- smoothjazzreviews.net

Track ratings:
Just Like That 3
Because Of You 3
Just For The Moment 4
Goin¿ All Out 4
Be Without You 4
Vibe With Me 4
Feelin Da¿ Rhythm 4
Ain¿t No Doubt About It 3
Unconditional 4
Breathe 3