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This Is Me

by Dwayne "Smitty" Smith

Smooth, funky, soulful bass, featuring Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Jeff Lorber, Dwight Sills and Tim Kepler
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Funky G
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2. Can't Help It
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3. This Is Me
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4. Just A Taste
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5. YLKMS (Your Love Keeps Me Strong)
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6. 201 Lynwood
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7. About That
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Dwayne "Smitty" Smith
Bassist; Producer; Arranger; Songwriter; Recording Artist


Dwayne "Smitty" Smith, known to most simply as "Smitty", has had a passion for playing bass since the age of 12. Smitty's funky-groove style was influenced by artists such as Larry Graham, Parliament Funkadelic, Weather Report and Marcus Miller. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Smitty began his musical journey in high school with the band 14 Karat, playing in and around the D.C. area. After high school, Smitty spent the next four years touring the world with the United States Air Force Band production, Tops In Blue, for which he was the driving force and musical director.

Because of his undeniable call to play music and a burning desire to answer that call, Smitty moved to the Los Angeles, California area. Smitty burst onto the scene and after only a year in Los Angeles, Smitty began his first professional tour with Anita Baker, promoting her award-winning Rapture CD. That tour launched Smitty's career and spring-boarded him into the mainstream where he became one of the most sought after bassists in Los Angeles. He went on to tour, perform and record with nationally and internationally known artists from all genres of music, such as Will Downing, Gerald Albright, Natalie Cole, Boney James, George Howard, Jeff Lorber, Everett Harp, Maysa Leak, Norman Brown, Keith Washington, Sheena Easton, Kirk Whalum, Teena Marie, Deniece Williams, Peter White, Ron Brown, Howard Hewitt, Tom Scott, Cherrelle, Bobby Lyle, Michael Paulo, Chante Moore, Doc Powell, Mikki Howard, Michael White, James Ingram, Tom Jones, Jeffery Osborne, Lee Ritenaur and The Isley Brothers, just to name a few.

Smitty's session work includes recordings for television sitcoms Sinbad, Thea, Sister Sister, Matt Waters and South Central; the musical tracks for the stage production "The Legend" which was written and co-produced by Debbie Allen and James Ingram. He held down the bottom as the "resident bass player" on the Rick Dees Show and also recorded on the soundtrack for the movie "Ali".

Smitty's funky bass can also be heard on various recordings such as Boney James' "Seduction", for which he co-wrote the song "Without A Doubt"(which he received a Gold Record); Michael Paulo's "My Heart & Soul", Kirk Whalum's "Colors", Will Downing's "Sensual Journey" and Will's current CD "emotions", as well as Birds of a Feather's "Stand Together" and Rhythm Logic's "Rhythm Logic", two groups which Smitty is a member.

Smitty is also Producer and Musical Director of the Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert held in Los Angeles, in its fourth year, showcasing the current top jazz artists in a benefit concert to support Hands for Hope, a non-profit organization helping underprivileged youth.

With so much God-given talent, it was only a matter of time before the inevitable: Check out Smitty's debut solo CD, "This Is Me" ... the continuation of a wonderfully blessed career!


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jürgen schmidt

this is me.
super bass player.

chasity music

god is good all the time and this is on the real
the sound of the bass that many out their have forgotton to play
i am glad that you are playing aaaaa..bass sound and not my l5 sound you dig,in other words the cd is keepin' it as real and pure
as he can get ........jazz man cal tokyo japan

H. Louise

I've been waiting for this - the CD is awesome
Way to go "Smitty". This is a great CD. Smitty Smith plays the bass like no one else. This Is Me is a wonderful blend of urban contemporary and smooth jazz mixed with just a touch of fusion. Smitty's true bassist sound is personified on this record as he mixes vocals and smooth jazz with infamous awesome thumping bass sound! This record broadens the scope of the traditional smooth jazz, but it still appeals to the smooth jazz listener. It reaches the audience that is starving for a more aggressive sound which showcases more musicianship! This CD is melodic, lyrical and emotional which is rare for a bass CD. Buy the CD - you want be sorry - you are in for a real treat! Smitty - can't wait for the next one.

Eric "Smidi" Smith AKA Smidi Beats

Raw Talent!!!!
Yo Dwayne "Smitty" Smith!!! I see that you are still holdin down your instrument after all these years! You were HOT on the Bass guitar since our "Tops In Blue" days back in 1983! I'm luv'in every track on "This Is Me" Keep on doin what you do very well Hommie! Holla At Cha Boy when you get time! Stay up! Eric "Smidi" Smith AKA Smidi Beats

Juan C Villafane

BEST KEPT SECRET !!!
WISE WITH HIS INSTRUMENT, DWAYNE SHOW US HOW TALENTED IS. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. PERFECTLY PLAYED. (GREAT SOLO, JEFF).
I WANT MORE OF THIS MASTER OF SESSIONS.

John Terry


Your playing blesses me! I know this is supposed to be smooth jazz, but I hear some funk and fusion too, this CD is quietly BAAAADDDDDD ! I bought it for YLKMS because it speaks truth to my heart. Thank you for using your gift.

Isaiah McCommons

Unsung Hero
WOW! This CD is tight!

Terri


Finally!!!!!! I have waited on this CD and proud that it has been released. I loved it from the start.......Keep grinding Dwayne, it's your time to shine! AWESOME CD.

Doctor Soul


Incredibly Good!!!
This is by far the Best Bassman album I've heard for years. Dwayne, I'ved loved your playing with Jeff Lorber (one of my favourite musician), and now it's a real pleasure to found your solo album.
Peace & Music from Paris France,
Doctor Soul