Jackiem Joyner

Jackiem Joyner

by Jackiem Joyner
     
 
Jackiem Joyner achieved a career breakthrough with his third album, Lil' Man Soul, which produced two number one smooth jazz singles in "I'm Waiting for You" and "Take Me There." Yet he has moved on, recording his fourth album for a new label, Mack Avenue, and self-titling it as if to signal a reboot in his recording approach. He begins with the densely

Overview

Jackiem Joyner achieved a career breakthrough with his third album, Lil' Man Soul, which produced two number one smooth jazz singles in "I'm Waiting for You" and "Take Me There." Yet he has moved on, recording his fourth album for a new label, Mack Avenue, and self-titling it as if to signal a reboot in his recording approach. He begins with the densely percussive hip-hop track of "The Reunion," over which he solos in his usual melodic style. "Dance with Me" opens with a Spanish guitar and adds a Latin flavor. On these original tunes, Joyner sounds far more involved than he does on the album's several covers. Although there are no guest vocalists to assure airplay, the saxophonist does include Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall," Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," and Jennifer Hudson's "If This Isn't Love." Maybe his affection for the original versions handcuffs him, but on these songs, he doesn't do much more than stand in for the vocalists with his horn on arrangements similar to the hit recordings. It's striking that, right after "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," he digs into "Push," his own version of a Jackson-like dance track, and again becomes passionate about his playing. If this album has hits to match Lil' Man Soul, they should be songs like that and the lyrical closer, "My Last Goodbye," not the covers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
Label:
Artistry Music
UPC:
0181475702221
catalogNumber:
7022
Rank:
87403

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackiem Joyner   Primary Artist,Piano,Saxophone,Synthesizer Strings,Lead
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Eric Baines   Bass
Rafael Moreira   Electric Guitar
Kay Ta Matsuno   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eric Valentine   Drums
Less Butler   Piano
Matt Hamel   Synthesizer,Drums,Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Horn,Lead

Technical Credits

Tom McCauley   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
Raj Naik   Art Direction
Jackiem Joyner   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Brian Seals   Composer
John Peace   Photo Assistance
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Matt Hamel   Programming
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer

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