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Blair Bryant – Gold

Sept. 11, 2016

Young bassist/multi-instrumentalist Blair Bryant struts out his new sophomore release Gold in high fashion, displaying tons of skill, depth, and maturity.
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This album has a steady, smooth cadence that serenades one throughout. Twinkling with that hybrid jazz/R&B blend, the young artist shows that not only is he proficient on several instruments (he plays almost every instrument on this release) but that he knows a thing or two about composing and producing.

Several tracks here are simply not meant to rock you through the roof but rather to remind you that music has so many good facets – like being able to maintain a steady cool gait and still deliver on quality. Oh, make no mistake, there is that funk element. Just listen to “My Gift” – and check out his keys work on this one, by the way with impressive vocals from Joe Gallant and Alisa Bryant — “Outstanding,” and the infectious “Killa B.” This is also obviously a family affair as there are contributions from family members vocalist Alisa Bryant and co-producer Damon Bryant. In fact, there is a “family chant” on the “Killa B” track – in addition to young Bryant’s keys work and some tight sax work from Houston Smith. Slick piece indeed.

The title track is an interesting upbeat track with Ernest Melton complementing the tune with some cool flute interjections. Lots of instrumentation going on here on this one, and it’s synched quite well. “Radiance” happens to be among my faves here as the young man puts on quite a strong and wholesome display of talent, both instrumentally and compositionally. The track is full of melody and has a nice hook.

I wrote in my review of Bryant’s debut release, New Colours. that he’s a walking, talking music machine that represents our musical future. This recording further solidifies my conviction. – Ronald Jackson