Nick Smith | It's Like That

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It's Like That

by Nick Smith

It's Like That features an all star cast, Nick Smith, Stanley Clarke, Dennis Chambers, David Sanchez and more--highlighting many aspects of Jazz, swing, fusion, blues, bebop, latin and of course ballads--this is a must have CD.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Four By Four
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2. Tender Thoughts
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3. Mack's Blues
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4. Monkish
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5. Tony Williams
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6. Like That
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7. Feelin' Smooth
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8. Sista's Song
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9. Out
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10. Caribbean
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11. Chillin' Mellow
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12. I Cry For You (James' Song)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It's Like That is the name of the Nick Smith's debut CD. Nick wrote and composed all the music. The CD features a superb supporting cast, Stanley Clarke on acoustic bass, Dennis Chambers on drums, David Sanchez on tenor saxophone, Sekou Bunch on electric bass, Munyungo Jackson on percussion, Herman Riley on tenor saxophone, Ron Stout on trumpet, and vocals by Lynn Fiddmont. Nick produced the CD and Stanley Clarke was co-producer to his protégé.

It's Like That is a mixture of several forms of Jazz, fusion, swing, blues, and of course ballads.

Nick Smith was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the ninth of ten children born to Betty and James Smith. From the age of nine to sixteen, Nick and his brothers, known as Transformation, played at various Cleveland locales. After he reached sixteen, Nick formed his own band, Art Effect. He developed a following and played at several Cleveland clubs until he went to Boston to attend Berkelee College of Music, where he studied Jazz Composition.

Originally a student of classical music, Nick chose to be a Jazz Pianist because Jazz is a versatile and challenging art form. Nick's playing style is precise, free flowing and rhythmically versatile. Not only is Nick an outstanding Jazz performer, he can also play soul, funk, country and western, rock, and pop.

Nick has toured with various artists, including Stanley Clarke, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Garrett, Mike Paulo, Kirk Whalum, Eric B'enet, Brandy, Donald Byrd, and Diane Reeves. Not only has Nick toured with Stanley Clarke, he has also worked on several movie projects with Stanley. Some of the movies include Higher Learning, Eddie, Sprung, Funny Valentine, and The Color of Friendship. In 1995, Nick appeared nightly on the Tonight Show featuring Jay Leno.


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Kaylene Peoples

Such technical precision, and so much heart--A deadly combination
Nick Smith is a phenomenal pianist, not only live but also as a recording artist. It's a shame there are so few masters in the art of jazz pianists anymore like this youmg man. His virtuosity as an instrumentalist coupled with his heart and creativity only make the listener want to hear more. And more is what I want when I hear this technically, musically beautiful CD. This CD is not just for the trained listener, even those who have little experience with technical styles such as fusion and straight ahead jazz, will benefit from a listen to "It's Like That." I highly recommend you buy this album. I can assure you, there will be more from this talented musician in months and years to come! Kudos to you Nick Smith, you are the real thing.

Robert

The cat can play
I have seen Nick play with Stanley Clarke, and I knew the cat could play so I had to check out his CD. This album does not disappoint. The writing and production are impressive as well.

I recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates serious jazz music.