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While it was always a challenge to debut and market hot up-and-coming saxmen into the smooth jazz genre that often ran on the success of more established artists, Richard Elliot and Rick Braun -- smoothie superstars and two of the owners of the indie label ARTizen Music Group -- were dedicated to building their label beyond just their own projects. They started with Paul "Shilts" Weimar' excellent HeadBoppin in 2006, and in 2007 got behind the very funky and contemporary, sometimes hip and often retro but always super soulful Jackiem Joyner. Joyner came to the airwaves after amassing a great résumé for his mid-twenty-something age: playing with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle and Jaared, co-headlining a 2004 with Ronnie Laws and Angela Bofill, and opening gigs for everyone from India.Arie to Boney James. His passionate playing on the thumpin', finger snapping title track gets the party going, while "Elevation" states his forward thinking purpose. Peter White's always lovely acoustic guitar graced Joyner's sensual, soprano led first single "Stay with Me Tonight." Smooth jazz radio was unfortunately anti-flute by the early 2000s, but Joyner figured out a brilliant way to incorporate his second instrument into the mix on five songs including the whimsical "To Love Again" and the fiery, brassy Latin explosion "Lola." Joyner was off and running after this exciting debut.
Performance CreditsJackiem Joyner Primary Artist,Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Peter White Acoustic Guitar
Rick Braun Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Dyson Bass
Carlton Savage Electric Guitar
Louri Lonidi Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsRick Braun Executive Producer
Michelle Laurencot Art Direction
Andre Harris Composer
Marsha Ambrosius Composer
Natalie Stewart Composer
Jackiem Joyner Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
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