July 9, 2009

Freddie Fox—Feelin’ It

I recently read a quote from Freddie Fox stating that he “gets it” when it comes to understanding what works in smooth jazz these days. Feelin’ It, the latest release from this talented and accomplished guitarist who so often serves as a side man for many other artists (which is testament enough to his skills) is definitely a strong indication that he does, in fact, “get it”-- quite well.

Illuminated by the radiance of such contributing artists as Walter Beasley, Najee, Nelson Rangell, Michael Lington, Michael Broening, and wife Evelyn “Champagne” King, Feelin’ It starts off on the perfect track (no pun intended) and just cruises along in the coolest and smoothest of fashion--not unlike Fox, if you’ve followed his style and earlier material.

Among the many full-bodied and richly melodic tunes you’ll find here are the very tasteful title track which features saxman Najee, a hypnotically smooth and gentle piece entitled, “Day Dreamin’,” with Michael Lington handling the sax action, “No U Turn,” a jamming and catchy little mover spotlighting Michael Broening on keys, “Cruise Control,” an up-tempo vibrant jam that lays down a tight rhythm, and “Happy Feelings,” a sexy, sultry tune with wife Evelyn “Champagne” King showing off her quality trademark vocals.

Smooth jazz artists all over have shown their confidence in Fox’s guitar by requesting his services time and again. Now, as he did with his polished debut CD in 2003, the suave guitarist demonstrates here how well he stands alone with his own writing and production strengths. You may be hard pressed to find a reason not to feel Feelin’ It.

Posted by Ronald Jackson at July 9, 2009 2:36 PM