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Justin Young - Blue Soul

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/06/05

According to someone with a bluesoul considers him/herself a complex person by nature, open minded, very friendly and polite.  I can see all of these traits in this rising star originally from the Detroit area.  This 37 year old father of two has created his own mark in today's smooth jazz music scene with his blend of sophisticated soul as heard on his fourth studio release.  Maybe it's the various cities that he's been to on his journey including Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and now Seattle that inspired him to compose songs that reflect his love for jazz and soul.  Blue Soul finds Justin hooking up with other musicians like Jackiem Joyner to write and produce 12 beautiful uplifting tracks.  The late drummer Ricky Lawson and bassist Alex Al were also brought into the fold for some street cred on songs  'Nothin' But Love' and 'Jazz Along The 101' - both good vibe tunes that make you want more!  The Dave Koz influence is distinctively heard on 'Sweet Release' with Justin just killing it on the tenor sax.  Good stuff.  'India' has something special going on with it's South Asian tabla and percussion sound from Satnam Ramgotra, and 'Song For A Better Tomorrow' showcases his talent on the soprano sax with it's sweeping cinematic sounds from co-writer Eddie Miller on the keyboards/strings/pads and with father's day coming up it's nice to see dad Jim Young record the album at his own JTY Studios with his son and become executive producer on this amazing project. Justin's soul really shines on this one with a sound that will bring you back for more and more!

Gary James

Evenings 94.7 HD2


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