13 Songs, 56 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
82 Ratings
82 Ratings

Hot Smooth Jazz

Sophomore effort from one of the hot smooth jazz sax players today. His first single release, "I'm Waiting For You," is at #2 on the Smooth Jazz airplay charts. I don't recall a song reaching that high on the charts PRIOR to the release of the CD. That's how hot this artist is. Other favorite tracks are "Say I Do" and "Where's the Love Gone." You will not be disappointed with this release.


More of the same ole...

There is no doubt about the efforts to turn smooth jazz into elevator music, as this CD shows. Ever since B A took over smooth jazz radio programming, their wimpy, soundalike favourites like Dave Koz and others who could write tracks that lasted no more than two minutes and fifty seconds, put paid to real smooth jazz artistry. This album has the appeal of a Kenny G CD featuring more covers. Pass on this one!

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Lil' Man Soul

Great album,relaxing and full of enjoyment. Can't get enough of this sound. I only hope he is working on another great album like this one.

About Jackiem Joyner

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jackiem Joyner plays contemporary jazz influenced by his upbringing in the gospel church and love of contemporary R&B. Born in 1980 in Norfolk, Virginia, Joyner was first introduced to music by his bassist father, and later played drums backing the gospel choir in his church. In his teens, Joyner relocated with his family to Syracuse, New York, where he studied saxophone and played in a band. While in high school, Joyner competed in the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (or ACT-SO), taking top honors three years in a row in the categories of Instrumental Contemporary, Composition, and Classical Music. After graduating high school, Joyner moved back to Virginia, where he accepted the position of music director for World Harvest Outreach Ministries in Newport News under the direction of Bishop Michael Patterson. This experience helped the burgeoning saxophone star grow quickly as a musician, and by age 21 he had joined keyboardist Marcus Johnson's band, with which he toured from 2001 to 2004. After moving to Los Angeles in 2003, Joyner began focusing on his solo career, and in 2005 he released his debut solo album, the independently produced This Time Around. The album helped boost his profile, and in 2007 he signed to trumpeter Rick Braun's ARTizen Music Group in time to release his sophomore album, Babysoul.

Following a buyout in 2009, Joyner moved from ARTizen to Mack Avenue Records and released several more albums, including 2010's Jackiem Joyner and 2012's Church Boy, which featured contributions from Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler. Two years later, Joyner released his fifth studio album, and third for Mack Avenue, Evolve. An adventurous mix of smooth jazz and gospel, Evolve marked the first time Joyner wrote, arranged, and produced every track. Evolve also featured appearances from Gerald Albright and Keiko Matsui. In 2017, he celebrated his tenth year of recording with the release of Main Street Beat. Included on the album were covers of Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling," and Bruno Mars' "Treasure." ~ Matt Collar

Norfolk, VA



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