Jef Kearns | On the Level

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On the Level

by Jef Kearns

A quiet storm of R'n'B featuring his signature soulful flute sound.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. I Wanna Be the One (a.k.a. Subliminal remix)
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2. Groove Ballet
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3. All Things Gleam (feat. Jacen Duncan)
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4. Lavender
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5. How Soon
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6. On the Level (feat. Chris Rouse)
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7. Givin' U All I Got
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8. Incomplete (feat. Dwayne Morgan)
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9. I Wanna Be the One (feat. Coco 'Cognac' Brown)
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PRAISE FOR "ON THE LEVEL":

"Jef Kearns delivers heart and soul through his flute ... skillfully and beautifully performed, this CD is worthy of repeat play status."
-- Vonnie Woods, Honeysoul.com

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“Jef Kearns’ debut album ‘On The Level’ is dispelling the myth that flute players can’t do urban jazz … it’s a hip, up to the minute, collection that oozes class … every one of the nine choice tunes offer ample opportunity for Kearns to display his considerable virtuosity, each shimmers with its own unique vibe.”
-- Smooth Jazz Therapy.com, CD Review

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“When I hear the flute, I think of meadows, flowers, ponds and trees ... That perhaps explains why I still find the use of the flute in R&B and jazz to be so shocking. However, as Jef Kearns shows on his album On The Level, this juxtaposition can be shockingly effective.

Jef Kearns uses a variety of musical tempos to show that the flute is a versatile instrument. He is a creative soloist, but he does not overdo it, and is more than willing to work within a context that includes vocalist, poets and other musicians. On the Level is a recording that has its feet planted firmly in the woods and the hood. Recommended.”
–- Soul Tracks.com, Album Review

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“What a unique, flute impresario! A special branded player chopped to the game of Urban Jazz … I'm talking about flautist Jef Kearns & his breakthrough triumph "On The Level" - a 9 track set of smoldering hot grooves, at the slow or fast paces, & executed enough to keep you at the headphone booth - listening.

Jef's cinnamon-sprinkled set of tunes was a pleasant surprise … a different approach to jazz overall from a soul music perspective … This CD should be checked out. (That means go get it!)”
-- Urban Music Scene.com

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BIOGRAPHY

A new voice has entered the urban music scene: the flute. Jef Kearns, soul flautist, is transforming the reputation of the instrument from band geek to urban chic through his signature flute sounds and urban sense of style. Music listeners and industry alike are taking note.

Tom Coyne (mastering engineer for Michael Jackson, Ne-Yo, Sade, Beyonce, and countless others) says, “His compositions and beats are both really strong. Beautiful flute performance on really good quality pop music. Not only the smooth Jazz listeners, but also R&B music fans would enjoy his songs.”

Executive producer/programmer at CKLN, Carl Allen remarked to the flautist, “Jef, you have taken flute to a whole new level. You have made me a fan (of the flute), and that’s not easy do. In my 35 years in the biz I have heard a lot of players. You are the best, my friend.”

Jef Kearns grew up listening to the urban music radio stations broadcast out of Detroit and credits his selected career path to them. Even at the age of 10, Jef would learn R&B melodies and transpose hip hop lines and verse into the rhythms of his flute. “I’d spend hours in my room playing along with hip hop station 96.3FM,” Jef reveals, “and when I wasn’t playing I was listening intensely to what exactly was happening, musically.”

Consisting of all original tracks, Jef’s debut album On the Level unleashes a quiet storm of flute-focused R’n’B grooves that cross genres from modern soul to hip-hop to classic Motown. Of the album Jef says, “It is my mission to show people that flute that can be just as soulful and down-and-dirty as sax. These songs shed a whole new light on urban music and the flute’s place in it. It’s the flute album for people who think they don’t like flute. You’ve never heard it like this before.”


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Atlanta Soul

Full of Soul
I wasn't too sure about flute being a featured instrument in urban music but thought I'd
give it a shot after seeing him featured on Honeysoul.com

After listening to it I think Jef Kearns is slated to be the Miri Ben Ari of the flute. This boy can play!

The songs are all strong and if anyone was having doubts about the flute's place in the
genre he'll set your mind at ease with his deep and soulful grooves.

SaveOurSoul

You want to hear more of Jef Kearns
Jef Kearns is a flautist whose love for soul music is brought to you on his debut album "On The Level". The album contains nine tracks including the subliminal remix from the song "I Wanna Be The One". When did you last hear a flautist in soul music?

An answer to the question above might be in "Spill The Wine" from Eric Burdon and War. If you happen to live in the Benelux you might have heard of flautist Ronald Snijders. There have always been instrumentalists in soul music like saxophonist King Curtis, guitarist Dennis Coffey and flautist Herbie Mann.

Now we have Jef Kearns, a man from the new generation, with his beautiful album "On The Level". After listening to the first track entitled "I Wanna Be The One" you want to hear more of Jef Kearns.

The outstanding "I Wanna Be The One" is a powerful soulful hiphop track that will blow your mind away. The deep romantic flute you will hear in "All Things Gleam". With the flute you can go funky too, yes listen to the funk in "On The Level". It feels a bit like Prince. Colorful and sweet is the instrumental song "Lavender" with its many moods. It certainly will be one of your favorites. Jazzy and soulful is the lovely track "Givin U All I Got". The real jazz however you will completely feel in "Incomplete".(TA)

JAMES MOORE

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