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James Lloyd – Here We Go

Mar. 31, 2015

Ok, so what do you call one-half of a Philly groovemaking machine who’s just cranked out a hot solo debut after being part of one of the most proficient and iconic C-jazz duo we’ve known for just this side of 4 decades, namely Pieces of a Dream? You call him keyboardist/compJames Lloydoser/producer James Lloyd on a mission – a mission meant to keep that meticulous signature Philly sound intact and toss in even more of his vibrant soul. Here on his colorful solo release Here We Go, Lloyd means for you to literally brace yourself and strap in because this party is hitting the scene in full swing.

Loaded with all of that Lloyd soulful bounce and swag we’ve come to know as part of the Pieces fabric, the master keyboardist explores even more in depth the true and full meaning of jazz with wholesomeness and body (witness “Y-Town, Y-Not?”).

Songs like the up-tempo, bright lead and title track, along with the poppin’ “Moving Right Along,” the catchy “Play It Forward’” and the tenderly caressing “Granted Wish” represent the full album’s statement that Lloyd is still ”the man” and hasn’t missed a step going solo.

Of course, this is nothing that should surprise anymore when you’re listening to an artist who’s amassed almost 40 years of sterling sounds for the thousands who’ve grooved with him over the years. Legit artist with extraordinary skills? You bet. By the way, if you’ve never experienced this genius in concert, stop cheating yourself and add that experience to your “most memorable moments” book.

James Lloyd was once synonymous with Pieces of a Dream. Now, check him out as a solo wonder. You’re gonna love this. – Ronald Jackson