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Album Review

Not to be confused with the former major-league baseball player of the same name, Jeff Sparks is a studio musician who played with artists ranging from OutKast to Einstürzende Neubauten (on their Silence Is Sexy album) before making his solo debut with 2005's Havin' Fun. An interesting blend of extremely mellow smooth jazz (only slightly funkier than Kenny G.) and testifying soul, Havin' Fun occasionally skates close to the edge of being nothing more than the sort of pop-oriented fusion that gets played over the forecasts on The Weather Channel (the style once memorably dubbed "fuzak"), but there are a few songs that stand up on their own merits. In particular, a soulful cover of Roy Ayers' "My Life" and its immediate lead-in, the gospel-tinged "Because of Who You Are," make an effective one-two punch. Havin' Fun isn't groundbreaking in the least, but it's a pleasant listen.

Customer Reviews

Play Yo Horn, Boy!!!

I'm going to have to disagree with ITunes Review people. This CD is a ground breaking CD. It is music that uplifts and praises God and it showcases Jeff's soulful horn playing. To top it all off, he has Debra Killings' smooth vocals(girl can slap that bass too) and the man who has changed the face of hip-hop altogether: Canton Jones. This album IS the joint. I'm glad I have it. Those who decide to download it won't be disappointed...I know I wasn't.

Havin' Fun, Jeff Sparks
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 11, 2005

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