East Coast USA based Alpha Omega Records continues to amass an impressive catalog built on promising young talent and well-known artists. Here, ELEMENTS Band 2 conveys a creative spin on the smooth jazz-funk methodology while projecting a groovy mindset into the listener’s ear.
Producer Eddie Comerford of ECee Productions does a great job in creating eclectic collaborations on ELEMENTS Band 2. “Keeping It Real” offers a classic smooth jazz introduction to the project. Sounding a little like early Paul Hardcastle, it’s radio friendly and being currently played on many terrestrial and online jazz station playlists. Johnny Kent created the beats, the grooves, the melodies and the arrangements in this mid tempo bob your head kind of smooth jazz rhapsody.
Elvin Mason is the Prince of this ELEMENTS Band 2 project by playing a variety of instruments and several of the other selections on the CD. Randall Rivers offers his unique guitar stylings on many of the tracks and sounds unpredictably different on every tune he is on.
ELEMENTS Band 2 is Comerford’s Jazz baby. He is a funkmeister from the 80’s having performed in bands emulating Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and other groups in that genre. He has produced R&B and gospel music projects. With the ELEMENTS Band 2 endeavor, he intertwines progressive frameworks as a smooth operator and dishes out Jazz, a little R&B and a whole lotta of FUNK!
Overall, ELEMENTS Band 2 is a grand showing and funk-jazz party by producer Comerford that seamlessly merges technical acumen with vision, ear capturing compositions and enough diversions to sustain interest on a continual basis. The road band consisting of leader Randall Rivers et al should be very tight as he is meticulous about the company he keeps. The ELEMENTS Band 2 project is nice. Listen and you may be inclined to agree!