Jackiem Joyner

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Artistry Music
  • UPC: 181475702221
  • Catalog Number: 7022
  • Sales rank: 67,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Reunion (4:09)
  2. 2 Dance With Me (4:45)
  3. 3 Back Together Again (3:53)
  4. 4 Off the Wall (4:13)
  5. 5 I Don't Want To Miss a Thing (4:07)
  6. 6 Push (5:06)
  7. 7 Home (4:15)
  8. 8 If This Isn't Love (3:46)
  9. 9 Turn It Up (4:37)
  10. 10 My Last Goodbye (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackiem Joyner Primary Artist, Piano, Saxophone, Synthesizer Strings, Lead
Paul Jackson Jr. 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
Steve Hall Mastering
Matt Hamel Programming
Gretchen Valade Executive Producer
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