“Loungevity” is songwriting producing duo Cagle & Nash’s second release in less than a year following hot on the heels of their first joint project “Soul Complete”. Well that is unless you count their holiday single release “Celebrate the Holidays”
The title Loungevity” is a play on the word Longevity that only serves to indicate the mood and tone of these 11 songs. Each of them is crafted uniquely, the lack of a theme is intentional, the intent more to deliver some of the duo’s best arrangement and production yet. Songs from this CD like “If Only”, “I Don’t Mind” and “Big Ol’ Empty Room” are destined to receive airplay across at least three genres (smooth Jazz, Soul/R&B and Pop). The a cappella song “You Remind Me” (except for piano) is a cross between McFerrin and Take 6 with a nice poignant lyric and all vocals supplied by Greg Cagle. Very hip! Very cool! The leadoff track “Straight to LA” delivers plenty of punch and puts the “it’s a brand new day” attitude in your mind. Refreshing! “The Grass was Always Greener” is another up-tempo tune with a full horn section kicking butt and some great solos by Jon Thornton on trumpet, Tim Gordon on alto sax and the none other than French jazz guitarist Daniel Domenge.
This project consists of an all-star line-up of David Rhyne, David Floyd of Floyd’s Produce, Kenneth Leonard Jr (of Anthony Hamilton band) Jon Thornton and Tim Gordon and a host of others accompanying Greg Cagle and Rick Nash. Little exquisite touches of Robyn Springer and host of others on background vocals. Arrangements are Cagle, Nash and Bobby Aycock and both Cagle & Nash share Production. All compositions are co-penned by Cagle and Nash.
Greg Cagle and Rick Nash grew up in small town Concord (NC) back when it was hip to listen to cats like James Brown, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, the Four Tops, and The Temptations. Cagle & Nash crossed paths for the first time at the young ages of 15 and16 respectively. Back then they called them “basement” bands—Doug & The Soul Review, The Tamrons and a host of others. Then there were the “working” bands like Sugarcreek where both Greg and Rick played on more than one occasion. Cagle continued to build his catalog of original material and honed his composing and arranging skills. Meanwhile Nash went on to study studio recording and production under none other than Mark Williams (engineer on projects of R.E.M., Don Dixon, and James Brown fame).
Fast forward to late December when they began work on their critically acclaimed CD project entitled “Soul Complete” which was 11 sons that were each singles in their own right with R&B genre chart action in Cashbox Magazine and Smooth Jazz chart action on smoothjazz.com’s Indie Charts. That release was immediately followed by a Christmas season release “Celebrate the Holidays”
This newest release “Loungevity” is being targeted to those same markets as “Soul Complete” was and is taking the song arrangement and production up a new level for Cagle & Nash. Expect more good things with two additional releases in the works