Berks Jazz Fest 2009: Boney James

Saturday evening, superstar Boney James appeared in the Scottish Rite Cathedral delivering his ultra-smooth brand of saxophone led groovy instrumental music. He was accompanied by a youthful band, among them bassist Sam Sims. They brought us up to speed with "All Night Long", Boney was dancing and moving around across the stage while playing his horn, his way to express himself is totally unique and special. His current CD Send One Your Love is decidedly the ultimate make-out album, so the majority of the songs were rather laid-back and sensual, but this is the style Boney feels the most comfortable in. From this CD, he played Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby", the album's title track, Stevie Wonder's "Send One Your Love" and the great Stylistics classic "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", the rest of the show featured some of his well known tracks and trademark playing. He did his stroll into the audience and had several women dancing along to his playing, he even stepped onto some seats right behind us to play standing in the middle of the cheering crowd. The concert was sold-out and the many "Boney" shouts from the audience proved the popularity of this artist.