Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Top40 Charts/ Great Scott P.R.oductions)
Genre-blurring saxophonist Jackiem Joyner
stretches his R&B, jazz, hip-hop, funk and gospel alchemy to imaginative dimensions on "Evolve," his fifth album that was released today by Artistry Music. With his sweet and sticky sax melodies and impassioned horn play front and center, Joyner's intricate rhythms and audacious soundscapes are equally present day and futuristic. Case in point: the set's opener and first radio single, "Generation Next," featuring Joyner and his band ripping through an edgy funk groove with soulful horn harmonies and distorted electric guitar.
" is the first album that the award-winning Billboard chart-topper wrote and produced entirely on his own. Joyner has always had a knack for crafting catchy R&B-pop melodies and his deft touch with honeyed harmonies remains. What changed are the inventive rhythms and textured tracks he's constructed under his gentle yet ardent horn work. The outer orbital backdrop stands in striking contrast to the organic sound of his sax. Recorded live with Joyner's touring band, "Evolve
" features high-profile contributions from Gerald Albright
- Joyner's Grammy-nominated sax idol while growing up - on "Big Step" and Keiko Matsui
- with whom Joyner often tours - who adds haunting keyboard hues to "Europa."
Joyner, who has a busy concert itinerary in June and July to support "Evolve," will celebrate the record release at a May 10 concert at Spaghettini in Seal Beach just south of Los Angeles. To get a taste of his live shows, a performance clip of Joyner & Company performing "Generation Next" was released
Below is a sampling of some of the initial album reviews:
"Evolve is a dynamic, rhythmic, and harmonically rich experience." - All Music
"With Evolve, Jackiem Joyner
elevates his game to the next level to stand alongside some of the finest contemporary saxophone players and deservedly so." - Critical Jazz
"Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner
is far from complacent and staid in his sound and style, and on his latest album, Evolve, he offers us a well-rounded, ripened and highly-rhythmic performance that is full (of) adventurous surprises." - Hill Rag
"Jackiem Joyner has evolved and is a force to be reckoned with. Welcome to his new world" - ABYSSJazz
"The album, with eleven original and self-produced tracks, certainly exemplifies Joyner's evolution as an artist, performer and saxophonist and so far, stands out as one of the most diverse and interesting projects to be released this year."- Teen Jazz
"Someone not afraid to stretch the limits of what urban contemporary jazz can be while still delivering music that is massively accessible." - Smooth Jazz Therapy
"With Evolve, Jackiem Joyner
reveals the willingness and ability to share his talent with other sax legends at the forefront of smooth jazz. It's up to promoters and listeners to become familiar with this great genius." - Smooth Jazz Daily
"It's been a most delightful and illustrious journey for Joyner since his discovery by saxman Richard Elliot
and trumpeter Rick Braun
years ago. As he continues on his clear path, he continues to shine and impress. Evolve takes yet another step down that path." - The Smooth Jazz Ride
"A journey of songs through the evolution of Jackiem Joyner, this is an artist displaying his progression through his work and it is indeed a treasure to know that with each and every project that comes from this musician his continued contributions to the jazz world is worth the wait." - Smooth Jazz Magazine
For further information about Joyner, please visit www.JackiemJoyner.com.