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A Beautiful Thing

by Carl Stanley

A Fusion Of Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B And Pop Featuring Tenor, Alto & Soprano Saxophones With Lead Vocals By Gianna.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Introlude
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0:59 album only
2. The Way You Smile
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4:51 album only
3. A Beautiful Thing
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4:50 album only
4. Prelude to Love
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5. Love
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5:20 album only
6. You Make Me... La La
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3:57 album only
7. Interlude
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8. Secrets
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9. Hold Me Close
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4:47 album only
10. Love (Instrumental)
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11. Postlude
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12. Hold Me Close (Instrumental)
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Album Notes
A Collection Of Songs That Hopefully Reflect My Many Musical Influences:

George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Philippe Saisse, Al Jarreau, Michael Brecker, George Benson, Courtney Pine, Omar, Najee, Everette Harp, Kenny Garrett, Joe Sample, Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, Nelson Rangell, Grover Washington Jr, Paul Jackson Jr, Gerald Albright, Bobby Lyle, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Anita Baker, Najee, Kenny G, Brian McKnight, Will Downing, Jeff Lorber, Boney James, David Sanborn, Dwight Sills, Luther Vandross, George Howard…The List Goes On.

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Dennis Poole - Smooth Jazz Therapy

Carl Stanley - A Beautiful Thing
Currently attracting some attention as part of Peter White’s UK tour, British born sax-man Carl Stanley has recently released his debut CD, the appropriately titled ‘A Beautiful Thing’. This ultra cool collection of twelve self penned contemporary jazz gems is right up there with the best releases of the year so far and, with guest performances from guitarist Dwight Sills, keyboard player Oli Silk and vocalist Gianna, it is a superb example of how jazz can merge with R & B in the most delightful of ways.

Take for example the easy grooving title cut where Stanley’s seriously soulful playing really hits the spot. Its one of several tracks to feature the always excellent Sills on guitar and another is the velvety and deliciously melodic ‘You Make Me…La La’ that is right up there with the best that ‘A Beautiful Thing’ has to offer.

Two numbers are included in both vocal and instrumental form with the first of these being the romantically inclined and heartfelt ‘Love’. On the vocal version Stanley, although handing over center stage to the sultry Gianna, still makes some sensational sax interventions that on the instrumental take are understandably developed in a way that totally captivates. The other song to be given this same dual treatment is ‘Hold Me Close’ for which Stanley’s performance on tenor sax makes comparisons with Kirk Whalum impossible not to make.

It again finds Gianna in splendid soulful form and it’s worth noting that Gianna (Welling) originates from Tulsa, Oklahoma but has made a musical name for herself in Houston Texas. Her CD ‘Something True’ found an instant fit with the club culture of the United Kingdom where throughout 2009 it flirted with the top placings in the UK soul charts.

In terms of personal favorites the smoky ‘Secrets’ benefits from a fine keyboard solo by Oli Silk (who also mixes throughout) but all things considered the Smooth Jazz Therapy top tune is ‘The Way You Smile’. This mid tempo smoker shimmers with a totally compelling vibe and is a certainty to be one of the Smooth Jazz Therapy top tracks for 2012.

Laced together by groove-drenched vignettes that Stanley titles ‘Introlude’, ‘Interlude’ and ‘Postlude’ respectively ‘A Beautiful Thing’ is a worthy addition to this year’s crop of new music and comes highly recommended.