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Najees 1995 recording on EMI records was dedicated to one of his favorite artist and good friend Stevie Wonder titled “Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A. Najee's song "Najee's Theme" is instantly recognizable among fans of the Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" is considered a triumph. CD Najee - Songs in the key of life - Music/Movies/Books/Magazines for sale in Kelana Jaya, Selangor.

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Najee started his career as a sideman of Chaka Khan in 1983.Through his association with Melisa Morgan who was a background vocalist for Chaka Khan, Najee met Charles Huggins, who initiated his first album Najees Theme (1986).  Day By Day (1988) was his sophomore album which found immediately the way into my collection.

Tokyo Blue (1990), Just An Illusion (1992), Share My World (1994), Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (1995). Morning Tenderness (1998), Embrace (2003), My Point Of View (2005) were the following albums. Rising Sun (2007) is the second album which will be released on Heads Up International.

John Mayer penned the first track called Clarity. Guitarist Mayer wrote this song for his third album Heavier Things (2003). Although the melody is simple, the tune has a classy intro and especially the echoes make this song astonishing attractive. John Grant has the right hand on electric and acoustic guitar, while Najee guides us through the melody line like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Chris "Big Dog" Davis is a genius composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He already worked with one half of the musical world, and the other half would like to follow. To let him produce your album is like a win in the lottery. He already teamed up with Najee on his previous album My Point Of View. Brazilian Affair is his new creation. A sophisticated bossa nova tune, perfectly arranged and performed.

On Child At Heart Najee performs the flute, giving the tune a smoother attitude. Co-writer and pianist of this song is Phil Davis, whose production firm PhD Productions is well established in the music world. Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Walter Beasley and many others are his clients. His solo projects Cape Coast and Jordan are available at CDBaby. Najee opens the door to the magic world of flute. Brilliant!

Can't Wait Another Minute by Chris Davis is featuring singer Timmy Maia and Iassac Clemon. I recommend Timmy Maia's second album My Heart Belongs To You (2005), which is available at CDBaby. He is also  member of the band Bock And Blue together with Jay Lowe. A heartfelt soulish crooner.

Come What May has an awesome interaction between a chorus line of sax (Tony Watson Jr.) and Najee's lead sax. Friends of POAD will love James Lloyd's bridge on the Fender Rhodes. James co-wrote the tune with Najee.

On Out Of A Dream Najee performs on alto saxophone, usually he prefers soprano sax. Jeff Antoniuk (tenor sax) creates together with Andy Kushner (trumpet, flugelhorn) a vivid horn background. James Lloyd was working with Najee in his studio, but nothing was really come together. Najee recalls: "I was about to leave, and he was going through a CD of stuff he'd recorded, just to see what was on it. I heard this fragment of a song that really hit me. He told me it was something that had come to him when he was sleeping one night. He got up in the middle of the night, recorded it, went back to bed and completely forget about it."

Sax and flute player James Moody is best known for his song Moody's Mood For Love, an improvisation based on I'm in the Mood for Love. Najee’s cover of this tune resulted from a chance encounter in a woodwind store in New York City. “I was inside the store just trying out some flutes. He heard me playing in the upper level of the store, and he came upstairs and said, ‘Man, how do you get that sound?’ He started asking me all kinds of questions. It was really kind of flattering. We had our picture taken together, the whole bit.” Smooth jazz meets hard bop. Excellent.

Still In Love is build on a compact rhythm section and a repetitive loop feeding the energy for Najee's melody.

Romance The Night is featuring Phil Perry, a tune in the style of Adult Soul. Phil Perry has just released a new album called A Mighty Love. Phil Perry needs no introduction; he is one of the most renowned crooners of R&B and Smooth Jazz love songs. Famous for his #1 R&B single “Call Me,” his lead vocals with Foreplay and the Benoit/Freeman project and his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and many others, Phil Perry ranks among the best of the best.

Smooth Sailing is flirting with a classic theme mixed up to a contemporary potpourri.

The spiritual title song Rising Sun catches the moment of early morning with a Spanish flavored acoustic guitar and Najee's intimate flute.

Najee is the mellow romantic side of smooth jazz, authentic.

 

 

 

 

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Najee

To stand apart and say you have your own voice is more important to me than being the player with the greatest chops. I feel I've been very fortunate to have grown as a musician, and to have made a statement that people can recognize and that I can say is my own."


The magical melodies and passionate phrasings that introduced a generation of music lovers to the distinct sound of the phenomenal reedsmith Najee, will once again serenade listeners with his latest offering, Morning Tenderness, for Verve Forecast. A musical masterpiece of smooth and sensuous selections, Morning Tenderness marks a triumphant return for the best selling instrumentalist to the contemporary jazz musical forefront. "To me, this album is a return to my audience," Najee exclaims. "My last record, musically, was a departure for me. This is a return to traditional Najee."
Traditional Najee, as displayed on Morning Tenderness, embodies the musical landscape and showcases the pure artistry that established Najee at the top of the new adult contemporary, R&B, and jazz marketplaces over the past twelve years. With his career already filled with distinguished achievements, Najee again takes center stage with a remarkable collection of nine original compositions and one remarkable cover. "I think more than anything, Morning Tenderness is really me. I went through a lot of personal experiences over the last three years and have become more introspective with my writing." A truely personal statement, Morning Tenderness touches upon everything from love to the familiar aspects of daily life.
The album was recorded over an eight month period at both the Ney York and Los Angeles recording studios of Najee and his younger brother and lifelong collaborator Fareed. The ten gorgeous tracks featured on the production are a representation of a man who is in love with life and music. Opening the collection are the sparkling voices of Najee's young sons providing a heartfelt introduction to the song, "Not a Day Goes By". Najee reflects, "It's a song that says to my children, 'Not a day goes by that I'm not thinking about you, or that you're not in my heart'."
Taking a popular R&B slow jam and making it his own has long been one of Najee's signatures. This time around, Najee gives Joe's "All the Things" just the touch of silky soul it deserves. Najee's instrumentalization of this sexy clasic brings it to a class all it's own. "I've always liked that song and the way Joe sang it," Najee says. "No one had covered it instrumentally, and it was a song that I found challenging to play and make my own."
With "Morning Tenderness", Najee got some help from Fareed naming what would become the title track. Reflects Najee, "I came up with that song along with a friend of mine named Nick Smith, and I kept hearing 'Morning Drive' or 'Morning something' in my head, and my brother said, 'Why don't we call it "Morning Tenderness"?' And I thought about it. The song represents just waking up in the morning with the sun rising, and being refreshed. That's what I want people to think of when they hear the album. I play mostly flute on that particular song and I think it stands apart from all the rest. It's definitive."
Also joining Najee on Morning Tenderness are a host of veteran and up-and-comming talents, including Motown recording diva Miss Jones, acclaimed vocalist Audrey Wheeler, and new discovery Ty Causey. On the easy-flowing and enchanting "Indian Summer", Regis Bransen's richly textured vocals float on Najee's bed of reed playing. Najee also co-produced the entire collection, in addition to composing most of the album.
Morning Tenderness is Najee's seventh musical offering and follows a slew of critically acclaimed, top selling records including his 1987 debut, Najee's Theme, and most recently, the critically acclaimed Stevie Wonder tribute, Songs in the Key of Life, produced by jazz luminary George Duke. Over the past ten years, Najee's formidable tallents have afforded him the opportunity to work with an array of musical tallents, including Quincey Jones, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Freddie Jackson, Jonathan Butler, Stanley Clarke, Paul Jackson, Jr., Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Big Daddy Kane, Bobby Caldwell, and many others.
Raised in the Jamaica section of Queens, Ney York, Najee first began playing as a teenager. "Queens is what probably gave me my life-career, what planted the seed," Najee reflects. "Growing up in this area, there were so many bands with kids who wanted to play music for a living. It was an important part of the community. I think my biggest education came from growing up in that environment."
Najee's new association with Verve Records represents the accomplishment of his longtime goal to release records on his own label. His unique deal marks the formation ot the FAN (Fareed And Najee) Entertainment Group, owned and operated by Najee, Fareed, and manager Barrett LaRoda. States Najee, "We've always wanted the opportunity to utilize my strength in the marketplace to sign new acts and build careers for other new talent. This isn't something we just woke up one day and did - it's the realization of a twenty year dream for us."
Of his newly formed relationship with Verve, Najee states, "Being with Verve has been a great experience for me because theyve been so supportive of what I'm doing." And what Najee has done is create a record that will not only thrill his loyal fans, but also captivate a new generation of listeners with his gorgeous soprano sound and incomparable expressiveness. Morning Tenderness presents Najee at the peak of his soulful musicianship and compositional skills, providing listeners with the most personal glimpse of his most distinct musical personality to date. "Playing and writing music has always been my emotional release," Najee says, "That's the way I give my heart to the people."

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Songs from the Key of Life

Throughout his career, saxophonist Najee has generally performed crossover music that mixes R&B, jazz, and pop. This particular date is one of his strongest and most jazz-oriented, a well-conceived tribute to Stevie Wonder. Najee (heard on soprano, flute, alto, and tenor) plays instrumental versions of the music from Wonder's famous Songs From the Key of Life album, plus several other notable Wonder songs. Assisted by such players as keyboardists George Duke, Ronnie Foster, and Herbie Hancock; guitarist Phil Upchurch; and a top-notch horn section, Najee creates fresh renditions of 21 Stevie Wonder tunes. Highlights include "Love's in Need of Love Today," "Sir Duke," "Knocks Me off My Feet," "If It's Magic," and a medley of "All Day Sucker" and "Easy Goin' Evening." Throughout the memorable set, Najee shows that he can be a strong jazz improviser while still remaining accessible. Recommended.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have built an offense around star quarterback Joe Burrow and big-play receivers.

However, it was a fierce ground game that powered the past two big wins.

Running back Joe Mixon has had back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since 2019, including a career-best 165 yards in Cincinnati's 41-10 pounding of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He has rushed for four touchdowns in those two wins, with the offensive line making generous lanes for his runs. The fifth-year back is averaging close to 5 yards per carry.

Coach Zac Taylor said the run game is the focus right now because it's working.

“We certainly feel great about the passing game, as well,” Taylor said. “But if it's not broke, we're certainly going to keep sticking with it.”

Not that Burrow isn't still contributing in a big way. He was an efficient 20 for 24 for 190 yards in the Steelers win, tossing a beautiful 32-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins in the second quarter.

Burrow also scrambled from 8 yards and stretched out for a crashing goal-line dive in the first quarter to open the scoring for the Bengals, who built a 31-3 lead at the half on the way to the first season sweep of the Steelers since 2009.

Cornerback Mike Hilton, who played for the Steelers for the first four years of his career, picked off Ben Roethlisberger's pass and returned it for a 24-yard TD late in the first half. Eli Apple also had an interception, and the Bengals sacked the 39-year-old Roethlisberger three times.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson forced Roethlisberger's fumble, recovered by teammate Sam Hubbard in the third quarter. The subsequent Bengals drive led to Evan McPherson's 51-yard field goal.

“We're right where we want to be,” Burrow said. “We have high aspirations this year. We can't let up now. We started out strong then we kind of skidded a little bit there in the middle of the season. Now, coming down the stretch, I think we're really hitting our stride.”

WHAT'S WORKING

The revitalized ground game is allowing the Bengals to take some of the pressure off Burrow. Cincinnati rushed for 198 yards and passed for 190 against the Steelers.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

A relatively minor point, but Cincinnati gave up its biggest chunks of yardage on longer passes by Roethlisberger or runs after catches. Roethlisberger had separate completions to Chase Claypool of 41 and 30 yards. Fortunately for Cincinnati, the big plays were few.

STOCK UP

After struggling with a foot injury that forced him to miss the last 10 games of 2020, Mixon is regaining the form that led to 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and ‘19. He’s got 924 yards and a career-high 11 rushing touchdowns in 2021, along with another 192 receiving yards and two TDs. He has a touchdown in eight consecutive games, including five straight with rushing TDs. He has two rushing touchdowns in each of the past three games. The 25-year-old thinks he's coming into his prime.

“He's a big burst of energy for us as a team and as an offense,” Burrow said.

STOCK DOWN

Ja'Marr Chase leads NFL rookie receivers with eight touchdowns, but has hit a bit of a drought. He had three catches for 39 yards Sunday, and also had an offensive pass interference penalty. He has 12 catches and one touchdown in the past three games.

INJURIES

The Bengals could be in a bit of trouble if leg injuries to offensive linemen Riley Reiff and Trey Hopkins cause them to miss significant time. Both have been anchors of a much-improved O-line. Taylor said the injuries didn't seem to be serious.

KEY NUMBER

23 — yards gained by Steelers running back Najee Harris, a season low for the rookie. He had just eight carries as Pittsburgh was forced to play from behind. The team was limited to 51 rushing yards.

NEXT STEPS

The Bengals are honing a more balanced attack, which will be necessary if they hope to emerge with their first playoff appearance since 2015. Cincinnati hosts the Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) on Sunday.

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Born in New York City; children: one son, Jamal. Education: Attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. Addresses: Agent--Booking Agent Associated Booking Najee songs in the key of life, 1995 Broadway, New York, NY 10023-5877.

Najee has been called one of the finest instrumentalists on the contemporary jazz scene. His smooth pop-jazz style, heavy on rhythm and blues, has gained him a tremendous audience of fans and a series of gold albums. Najee gives the people what they want to hear, and this has been his road to success. Although his aim-to- please attitude has brought criticism from some circles, he told Deni Kasrel of Jazz Times on-line najee songs in the key of life "when critics come to my concerts, they see the other side. I mix it up. " Najee tours extensively, playing at clubs and music festivals worldwide. After five successful albums, he decided to accept the challenge of something different. In 1995, he released Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, an all-instrumental interpretation of a Stevie Wonder 1976 classic album.

Born in New York City, Najee grew up in the Jamaica section of Queens. He learned to play www windstream com pay bill clarinet in elementary school, and by the end of junior high, Najee got his chance to play sax with neighborhood groups. During high school, several instructors introduced him to the big band sound. Frank Foster, Frank Wess, and Jimmy Heath encouraged Najee to listen to the classics and to study jazz. Najee said that prior to participating in the city's Jazzmobile program, "I was mainly into Kool and the Gang, and James Brown." His early mentors from high school also inspired him to learn the flute.

Following high school najee songs in the key of life, Najee performed with Ben E. King and The Main Ingredient. He also supported the Miss Black America world tour in 1976. Subsequently, Najee attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. At the Conservatory he studied jazz with George Russell and Jaki Byard, as well as playing in the big bands they led.

After finishing at the New England Conservatory of Music, Najee returned to the New York jazz scene in 1982, and his rhythm and blue roots. He performed with The Fatback Band and Chaka Khan. It was during a performance in a New York club with one of Khan's backup singers that Najee's talent attracted Charles Huggins of Hush Productions. An impressed Huggins introduced Najee to executives at EMI Records, who promptly signed him to the EMI label.

His debut album, entitled Najee's Theme, was released in 1987. Following this, he set out on a nationwide tour with singer Freddie Jackson. On the road, playing clubs and concerts, he began to develop what would become a very loyal following to his smooth pop- jazz heavily laced with rhythm and blues. The following year, Day by Day was released, and in 1990, Tokyo Blue. Both albums went gold.

Remaining loyal to producing the contemporary jazz-pop that earned him his early popularity, Najee's fourth album, Just an Illusion, was released in 1992. On the track "Deep Inside Your Love," he illustrates his talent for fitting flowing spurts from his saxophone around the vocalists. Patrick Cole of DownBeat magazine remarked that he he adds to the vocals "without stealing the show."

Following the release of Just an Illusion, Najee toured extensively during 1993 and 1994 with various artists, including superstar Quincy Jones and jazz greats Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, and Billy Cobham. Many, including Clarke, were surprised by Najee's ability to hold his own against these musicians because the majority of his work previously had been considered smooth jazz. Najee told Kasrel, "It was a different setting than How to sign up for north texas giving day used to and it allowed me to open up."

Two years later, in 1994, Najee released Share My World. He continued to remain true to the familiar, comfortable grooves of smooth pop-jazz, with rhythm and blues undertones. Some of the cuts are fanciful and delicately move along the romantic landscape. He has plenty of opportunity to showcase his soprano saxophone throughout the album, and stays within the safety of previous margins. Only at the very end of the album does he allow a peek at his "jazz chops." This ending is the most noticeable departure from his usual style.

Despite his lack of improvisation, Najee has considerable range and flexibility. Besides playing soprano and tenor sax, he also plays the flute and occasionally keyboards. His background in rhythm and blues remains a strong influence in his work. He has remarked that his influences include Grover Washington, Jr., and Ronnie and Hubert Laws.

After Share My World, Najee was prepared for a challenge. Working with EMI Records president Davitt Sigerson, the two decided upon a change in direction for Najee's next release. They decided to produce an all-instrumental version of Stevie Wonder's 1976 classic, Songs in the Key of Life. George Duke was chosen to produce it.

In addition to being a vehicle showcasing Najee's talents as an instrumentalist, a long list of other distinguished musicians were brought together. Some of these eastern bank hours danvers ma Stanley Clark and Freddy Washington on bass; Ray Fuller, Phil Upchurch, and Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar; Herbie Hancock and Ronnie Foster on keyboard; Paulino DaCosta does bank of america cash savings bonds Sheila E. on percussion; and arrangements by Jorge del Barrio, and others. Producer George Duke felt that the musicians should use the same instruments that were used to produce the original recording in 1976. Najee told Kasrel in an interview, "He {Duke} would suggest something and I would say 'I trust you, period.'" Duke had established his reputation during the 1970s, so he had a good grasp and understanding of the period instruments and equipment being used.

Because the original release of Songs was a double album set, some of the songs were combined and shortened. Najee wanted to be sure that all of the songs from the original version of Stevie Wonder's album were included in his tribute, and that they were in the same order as the original album.

Songs from the Key of Life also provided Najee with an opportunity to break from the standard soprano saxophone. Out of the 18 cuts on the album, Najee plays flute on half of them. Grateful to add a new instrument to his repertoire, he said he was glad to have the chance to emphasize his flute chops for a change. The technical challenge came for Najee in learning how to play the flute as if he were Stevie Wonder's voice. Najee felt that it was a worthwhile effort, and the project also gave him an opportunity to work with some of the legends in the jazz world.

Another treat for Najee was including his young son, Jamal, in on the recording; Jamal's voice can be heard on the special medley combining "Isn't She Lovely" and "Joy Inside My Tears." Creating the tribute to Stevie Wonder also returned Najee to his youth. Najee recalled back in his teens playing in a band called Area Code; the group had played some of the same cuts, including "Knocks Me Off My Feet."

From the first cut, "Love's In Need of Love Today," to the grand finale--the combination of "All Day Sucker" and "Easy Goin' Evening," Najee showcases his talents on the flute, and soprano and alto sax. His nimble fingerings and the talented accompaniment by many of the masters of jazz playing mostly period pieces captures the feel of 1976. From the reggae sound of "Pastime Paradise," to the heart wrenching "If It's Magic," Najee Plays Songs From The Key of Life is not only a tribute to Stevie Wonder, but also to Najee's talent as well najee songs in the key of life all of the skillful musicians featured. Najee told an interviewer from VIBE magazine, ".it was an incredible learning experience and I'm happy with how it turned out . {it was} my opportunity to take us back to this beautiful era."

by Debra Reilly

Najee's Career

Returned to New York in 1982, and performed with the Fatback Band and Chaka Khan; signed with EMI Records, 1987; released debut album, Najee's Theme, 1987; recorded with Pete Escovedo on Flying South, Concord Picante, 1996, and Doc Powell on Laid Back, Discovery, 1996; toured with Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, and Billy Cobham, 1993-94; performed at Essence Music Festival, New Orleans, LA, 1996; performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York and Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Montego Bay, Jamaica, both 1997.

Famous Works

  • Selective Works
  • Najee's Theme, EMI, 1987.
  • Day by Day, EMI, 1988.
  • Tokyo Blue, EMI, 1990.
  • Just an Illusion (includes "Deep Inside Your Love"), EMI, 1992.
  • Share My World, EMI, 1994.
  • Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (includes "Love's In Need of Love Today," "Knocks Me Off My Feet," "Pastime Paradise," "Isn't She Lovely/Joy Inside My Tears," and "All Day Sucker/Easy Goin' Evening"), EMI, 1995.
  • With others (With Pete Escovedo), Flying South, Concord Picante, 1996.
  • (With Doc Powell), Laid Back, Discover, 1996.

Recent Updates

October 7, 2003: Najee's album, Embrace, was released. Source:Billboard.com, www.billboard.com/bb/releases/week_5/jazz.jsp, October 9, 2003.

Further Reading

Books

  • Erlewine, Michael; Bogdanov, Vladmir; Woodstra, Chris; Yanow, Scott, editors, All Music Guide to Jazz, Miller Freeman, 1996.
  • Periodicals Downbeat, October 1992, p. 41; January 1995, p. 51.
  • Online http://cdnow.com http://www.freeyellow.com/members/earthlydiscoveries/page3.html http://www.jazzcentralstation.com/ http://www.montego-bay-jamaica.com/jamjazz/target.htm http://www7.cddb.com/xm/cd/jazz/1410db12.html http://www.vibe.com/vibe/vibevideo/artists/najee/docs/f-ab1.html http://www.cduniverse.com/programs/cdubin.exe/frm=ad--mc12 http://206.98.164.240/jcs/station/jazzdest/festivals/essence/index.
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Najee

To stand apart and say you have your own voice is more important to me than being the player with the greatest chops. I feel I've been very fortunate to have grown as a musician, and to have made a statement that people can recognize and that I can say is my own."


The magical melodies and passionate phrasings that introduced a generation of music lovers to the distinct sound of the comenity bank new york and company customer service number reedsmith Najee, will once again serenade listeners with his latest offering, Morning Tenderness, for Verve Forecast. A musical masterpiece of smooth and sensuous selections, Morning Tenderness marks a triumphant return for the best selling instrumentalist to the contemporary jazz musical forefront. "To me, this album is a return to my audience," Najee exclaims. "My last record, musically, was a departure for me. This is a return to traditional Najee."
Traditional Najee, as displayed on Morning Tenderness, embodies the musical landscape and showcases the pure artistry that established Najee at the top of the new adult contemporary, R&B, and jazz marketplaces over the past twelve years. With his career already filled with distinguished achievements, Najee again takes center stage with a remarkable collection of nine original compositions and one remarkable cover. "I think more than anything, Morning Tenderness is really me. I went through a lot of personal experiences over the last three years and have become more introspective with my writing." A truely personal statement, Morning Tenderness touches upon everything from love to the familiar aspects of daily life.
The album was recorded over an eight month period at both the Ney York and Los Angeles recording studios of Najee and his younger brother and lifelong collaborator Fareed. The ten gorgeous tracks featured on the production are a representation of a man who is in love with life and music. Opening the collection are the sparkling voices of Najee's young sons providing a heartfelt introduction to the song, "Not a Day Goes By". Najee reflects, "It's a song that says to my children, 'Not a day goes by that I'm not thinking about you, or that you're not in my heart'."
Taking a popular R&B slow jam and making it his own has long been one of Najee's signatures. This time around, Najee gives Joe's "All the Things" just the touch of silky soul it deserves. Najee's instrumentalization of this sexy clasic brings it to a class all it's own. "I've always liked that song and the way Joe sang it," Najee says. "No one had covered it instrumentally, and it was a song that I found challenging to play and make my own."
With "Morning Tenderness", Najee got some help from Fareed naming what would become the title heritage for the future characters. Reflects Najee, "I came up with that song along with a friend of mine simple bank contact Nick Smith, and I kept hearing 'Morning Drive' or 'Morning something' in my head, and my brother said, 'Why don't we call it "Morning Tenderness"?' And I thought about it. The song represents just waking up in the morning with the sun rising, and being refreshed. That's what I want people to think of when they hear the album. I play mostly flute on that particular song and I think it stands apart from all the rest. It's definitive."
Also joining Najee on Morning Tenderness are a host of veteran and up-and-comming talents, including Motown recording diva Miss Jones, acclaimed vocalist Audrey Wheeler, and new discovery Ty Causey. On the easy-flowing and enchanting "Indian Summer", Regis Bransen's richly textured vocals float on Najee's bed of reed playing. Najee also co-produced the entire collection, in addition to composing most of the album.
Morning Tenderness is Najee's seventh musical offering and follows a slew of critically acclaimed, top selling records including his 1987 debut, Najee's Theme, and most recently, the critically acclaimed Stevie Wonder tribute, Songs in the Key of Life, produced by jazz luminary George Duke. Over the past ten years, Najee's formidable tallents have afforded him the opportunity to work with an array of musical tallents, including Quincey Jones, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Freddie Jackson, Jonathan Butler, Stanley Clarke, Paul Jackson, Jr., Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Big Daddy Kane, Bobby Caldwell, and many others.
Raised in the Jamaica section of Queens, Ney York, Najee first began playing as a teenager. "Queens is what probably gave me my life-career, what planted the seed," Is there a credit check to open a savings account reflects. "Growing up in this area, there were so many bands with kids who wanted to play music for a living. It was an important part of the community. I think my biggest education came from growing up in that environment."
Najee's new association with Verve Records represents the accomplishment of his longtime goal to release records on his own label. His unique deal marks the formation ot the FAN (Fareed And Najee) Entertainment Group, owned and operated by Najee, Fareed, and manager Barrett LaRoda. States Najee, "We've always wanted the opportunity to utilize my strength in the marketplace to sign new acts and build careers for other new talent. This isn't something we just woke up one day and did - it's the realization of a twenty year dream for us."
Of his newly formed relationship with Verve, Najee states, "Being with Verve has been a great experience for me because theyve been so supportive of what I'm doing." And what Najee has done is create a record that will not only thrill his loyal fans, but also captivate a new generation of listeners with his gorgeous soprano sound and incomparable expressiveness. Morning Tenderness presents Najee at the peak of his soulful musicianship and compositional skills, providing listeners with the most personal glimpse of his most distinct musical personality to date. "Playing and writing music has always been my emotional release," Najee says, "That's the way I give my heart to the people."

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Songs

1Love's In Need Of Love Today4:32
2Have A Talk With God1:59
3Village Ghetto Land3:18
4Contusion4:08
5Sir Duke5:33
6I Wish3:48
7Knocks Me Off My Feet5:33
8Pastime Paradise2:30
9Summer Soft5:56
10Ordinary Pain3:43
11Saturn najee songs in the key of life Ebony Eyes2:45
12Isn't She Lovely / Joy Inside My Tears2:26
13Black Man4:57
14Niculela Es Una Historia / I Am Singing4:01
15If It's Magic1:46
16As4:28
17Another Star4:45
18All Day Sucker / Easy Goin' Evening4:59

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Songs from the Key of Life

Throughout his career, saxophonist Najee has generally performed crossover music that mixes R&B, jazz, and pop. This particular date is one of his strongest and most jazz-oriented, a well-conceived tribute to Stevie Wonder. Najee (heard on soprano, flute, alto, and tenor) plays instrumental versions of the music from Wonder's famous Songs From the Key of Life album, plus several other notable Wonder songs. Assisted by such players as keyboardists George Duke, Ronnie Foster, and Herbie Hancock; guitarist Phil Upchurch; and a top-notch horn section, Najee creates fresh renditions of 21 Stevie Wonder tunes. Highlights include "Love's in Need of Love Today," "Sir Duke," "Knocks Me off My Feet," "If It's Magic," and a medley of "All Day Sucker" and "Easy Goin' Evening." Throughout the memorable set, Najee shows that he can be a strong jazz improviser while still remaining accessible. Recommended.

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Najee started his career as a sideman of Chaka Khan in 1983.Through his association with Melisa Morgan who was a background vocalist for Chaka Khan, Najee met Charles Huggins, who initiated his first album Najees Theme (1986).  Day By Day (1988) was his sophomore album which found immediately the way into my collection.

Tokyo Blue (1990), Just An Illusion (1992), Share My World (1994), Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder (1995). Morning Tenderness (1998), Embrace (2003), My Point Of View (2005) were the following albums. Rising Sun (2007) is the second album which will be released on Heads Up International.

John Mayer penned the first track called Clarity. Guitarist Mayer wrote this song for his third album Heavier Things (2003). Although the melody is simple, the tune has najee songs in the key of life a classy intro and especially the echoes make this song astonishing attractive. John Grant has the right hand on electric and acoustic guitar, while Najee guides us through the melody line like the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Chris "Big Dog" Davis is a genius composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He already worked with one half of the musical world, and the other half would like to follow. To let him produce your album is like a win in the lottery. He already teamed up with Najee on his previous album My Point Of View. Brazilian Affair is his new creation. A sophisticated bossa nova tune, perfectly arranged and performed.

On Child At Heart Najee performs the flute, giving the tune a smoother attitude. Co-writer and pianist of this song is Phil Davis, whose production firm PhD Productions is well established in the music world. Al Jarreau, Norman Brown, Boney James, Alex Bugnon, Walter Beasley and many others are his clients. His solo projects Cape Coast and Jordan are available at CDBaby. Najee opens the door to the magic world of flute. Brilliant!

Can't Wait Another Minute by Chris Davis is featuring singer Timmy Maia and Iassac Clemon. I recommend Timmy Maia's second album My Heart Belongs To You (2005), which is available at CDBaby. He the reach key west spa is also  member of the band Bock And Blue together with Jay Lowe. A heartfelt soulish crooner.

Come What May has an awesome interaction between a chorus line of sax (Tony Watson Jr.) and Najee's lead sax. Friends of POAD will love James Lloyd's bridge on the Fender Rhodes. James co-wrote the tune with Najee.

On Out Of A Dream Najee performs on alto saxophone, usually he prefers soprano sax. Jeff Antoniuk (tenor sax) creates together with Andy Kushner (trumpet, flugelhorn) a vivid horn background. James Lloyd was working with Najee in his studio, but nothing was really come together. Najee recalls: "I was about to leave, and he was going through a CD of stuff he'd recorded, just to see what was on it. I heard this fragment of a song that really hit me. He told me it was something that had come to him when he was sleeping one night. He got up in the middle of the night, recorded it, went back to bed and completely forget about it."

Sax and flute player James Moody is best known for his song Moody's Mood For Love, an improvisation based on I'm in the Mood for Love. Najee’s cover of this tune resulted from a chance encounter in a woodwind store in New York City. “I was inside the store just najee songs in the key of life out some flutes. He heard me playing in what is an online id bank of america the upper level of the store, and he came upstairs and said, ‘Man, how do you get that sound?’ He started asking me all kinds of questions. It was really kind of flattering. We had our picture taken together, the whole bit.” Smooth jazz meets hard bop. Excellent.

Still In Love is build on a compact rhythm section and a repetitive loop feeding the energy for Najee's melody.

Romance The Night is featuring Phil Perry, a tune in the style of Adult Soul. Phil Perry has just released a new album called A Mighty Love. Phil Perry needs no introduction; he is najee songs in the key of life one of the most renowned crooners of R&B and Smooth Jazz love songs. Famous for his #1 R&B single “Call Me,” his lead vocals with Foreplay and the Benoit/Freeman project and his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and optum bank hsa login page others, Phil Perry ranks among the best of the best.

Smooth Sailing is flirting with a classic theme mixed up to a contemporary potpourri.

The spiritual title song Rising Sun catches the moment of early morning with a Spanish flavored acoustic guitar and Najee's intimate flute.

Najee is the mellow romantic side of smooth jazz, authentic.

 

 

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have built an offense around star quarterback Joe Burrow and big-play receivers.

However, it was a fierce ground game that powered the past two big wins.

Running back Joe Mixon has had back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time since 2019, including a career-best 165 yards in Cincinnati's 41-10 pounding of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He has rushed for four touchdowns in those two wins, with the offensive line making generous lanes for his runs. The fifth-year back is averaging close to 5 yards per carry.

Coach Zac Taylor said the run game is the focus fffcu lutherville now because it's working.

“We certainly feel great about the passing game, as well,” Taylor said. “But if it's not broke, we're certainly going to keep sticking with it.”

Not that Burrow isn't still contributing in a big way. He was an efficient 20 for 24 for 190 yards in the Steelers win, tossing a beautiful 32-yard TD pass to Tee Higgins in the second quarter.

Burrow also scrambled from 8 yards and stretched out for a crashing goal-line dive in the first quarter seacoast commerce bank routing number open the scoring for the Bengals, who built a 31-3 lead at the half on the way to the first season sweep of the Steelers since 2009.

Cornerback Mike Hilton, who played for the Steelers for the first four years of his career, picked off Ben Roethlisberger's pass and returned it for a 24-yard TD late in the first half. Eli Apple also had an interception, and the Bengals sacked the 39-year-old Roethlisberger three times.

Defensive end Trey Hendrickson forced Roethlisberger's fumble, recovered by teammate Sam Hubbard in the third quarter. The subsequent Bengals drive led to Evan McPherson's 51-yard field goal.

“We're right where we want to be,” Burrow said. “We have high aspirations this year. We can't let up now. We started out strong then we kind of skidded a little bit there in the middle of the season. Now, coming down the stretch, I think we're really hitting our stride.”

WHAT'S WORKING

The revitalized ground game is allowing the Bengals to take some of the pressure off Burrow. Cincinnati rushed for 198 yards and passed for 190 against the Steelers.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

A relatively minor point, but Cincinnati gave up its biggest chunks of yardage on longer passes by Roethlisberger or runs after catches. Roethlisberger had separate completions to Chase Claypool of 41 and 30 yards. Fortunately for Cincinnati, the big plays were few.

STOCK UP

After struggling with a foot injury that forced him to miss the last 10 games of 2020, Mixon is regaining the form that led to 1,000-yard seasons in 2018 and ‘19. He’s got 924 yards and a career-high 11 rushing touchdowns in 2021, along with another 192 receiving yards and two TDs. He has a touchdown in eight consecutive games, including five straight with rushing TDs. He has two rushing touchdowns in each of the past three games. The 25-year-old thinks he's coming into his prime.

“He's a big burst of energy for us as a team and as an offense,” Burrow said.

STOCK DOWN

Ja'Marr Chase leads NFL rookie receivers with eight touchdowns, but has hit a bit of a drought. He had three catches for 39 yards Sunday, and also had an offensive pass interference penalty. He has 12 catches and one touchdown in the past three games.

INJURIES

The Bengals could be in a bit of trouble if leg injuries to offensive linemen Riley Reiff and Trey Hopkins cause them to miss significant time. Both have been anchors of a much-improved O-line. Taylor said the injuries didn't seem to be serious.

KEY NUMBER

23 — yards gained by Steelers running back Najee Harris, a season low for the rookie. He had just eight carries as Pittsburgh was forced to play from behind. The team was limited to 51 rushing yards.

NEXT STEPS

The Bengals are honing a more balanced attack, which will be necessary if they hope to emerge with their first playoff appearance since 2015. Cincinnati hosts the Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) on Sunday.

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