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Greg Chambers – A New Day

June 13, 2018

One artist who truly keeps the “smooth” in c-jazz relevant and afloat is saxman Greg Chambers whose steady, gliding, and melodic style is always infectious and so good for the soul. His latest release A New Day is proof positive that the man keeps the flow of this type of alluring jazz flowing freely in his veins.

Dedicated to his wife and the newest addition to his family – baby boy Owen (huge congrats, by the way) – the album is comprised of a solid arrangement of all original gems, each glowing with its own energy.

Contributing to the album is a host of more-than-competent c-jazz personalities including keyboardist/produc/programmer Nate Harasim; guitarists Paul Brown, Adam Hawley, David P. Stevens, Nils, Matt Godina, and Kenji Matsui; bassist Roberto Vally; and trumpeter Lin Rountree (on flugelhorn here), among others. The material here is solid evidence that the flow was seamless in the making of this album, and everyone obviously gelled so easily and effortlessly.

There’s so much to like about this groove-filled project. From the finger-snappin’ lead and title track to the satisfying and coolly-paced “When I Think of You” to the head-boppin’, hook-rich “Side to Side” with its Euge Groove feel and Chambers personality to the gentle stride of “Sweet Embrace” and beyond, this is an album of character, poise, and swagger. The melodies and hooks are memorable; the feel is infectious; the cadence is laced with that of a confident strut. It’s definitely one of those recordings that warrants replaying over and over again — simply because it fits you so well.

This is nothing new with Chambers. His music is always filled with color, and that’s why it’s a refreshing pleasure to settle back and drink in his material, knowing that I will be motivated from track one to offer my thoughts on it. This is real music with all the trimmings. Treat yourself. – Ronald Jackson