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Blair Bryant – New Colours

Sept. 23, 2015

The debut 6-track EP New Colours from multi-instrumentalist Blair Bryant presents further proof that the genre of smooth jazz may be left in good Blair Bryanthands after the masters have retired from the biz, after all. This new generation of artists has loads of strong talent. Often, many can even display an impressive amount of showmanship and certainly imagination.

Speaking of imagination, young Bryant demonstrates his strength in this area as he tackles the only cover found on the EP, the Isley Brothers’ “Footsteps in the Dark.” That alone is enough to let you know that this young man already has a grasp on how to excite audiences by placing a clever spin on a track that has been performed a zillion times by others but never with the color and innovativeness Bryant shows here. Very refreshing indeed.

There are other tracks that should convince you that Bryant is no run-of-the-mill copycat. His is a real-deal individual talent. In fact, speaking of talent, the young artist plays all instruments here except sax and trumpet…and that’s not to say he can’t. He also doesn’t provide his own vocals here but, again, that says nothing about whether or not he can. Otherwise, he’s a walking, talking music machine, even penning all four of his original tracks (the fifth is a remix).

Take a listen to what represents tomorrow and our musical future once again as another strong presence makes the scene and impresses. New Colours indeed. Just what the genre invites. – Ronald Jackson