Hot Hot Hot!!!
An awesome voice! Smooth music.
I'd give it a 10.
Will Downing, Luther Vandross and Alex Lattimore.
Alex Is In A Non Stop Groove On Promise!
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Alex Lattimore (Lead and background vocals, Flugel Horn, Synthesizer, Rhodes Piano, Moog) brings home the Promise to Atlanta in 2008.
Lattimore has a smooth voice reminiscent of the velvety Luther Vandross. The first few listens I found it difficult to find focus on the fine musicianship of this recording, instead I was listening to how incredibly warm and inviting this vocalist was. This is the kind of music that forces you to stop life for a moment-turn the lights down low, relax, and spend some time with the one you love. It is important to take the time to share the joy of the music and let the spontaneity of conversation take you somewhere else. That does not sound all that complicated but in today’s busy world and our fast moving lives, how often do we stop to smell the roses? I can honestly say not nearly enough for this listener. Music from people like Alex Lattimore make me reevaluate things and force me to relax and take it all in.
The process of making such an appealing blend of jazz, rhythm and blues, and blues must be similar. The task of creating the music then making the right interpretation in words must take every ounce of energy an artist has to offer. Stopping to enjoy the moment and be a part of the process is a key factor. Lattimore has recorded an excellent album and surely dug down deep to pull out his very best creative juices to make such a consistent and enjoyable album.
Of the 10 tracks on this CD, I cannot seem to come up with a true favorite or pinpoint any one outstanding thing and the reason is that I thought the entire effort was excellent. One track seemingly melted right into the next, never giving way to any weaknesses with the arrangements, recording quality or musicianship. “Jazzman Blues” deserves some attention because it did catch my ear and it has a nice ring to it. It sounds like something that would be a choice single for airplay.
If you enjoy smooth jazz, R & B or soul…this is an album you need to check out. Alex Lattimore is not a household name yet, he is not a superstar, but that is not a prerequisite for the true music lover looking to discover new talented artist. This would be a good CD to start your journey if you have been looking for the latest indie artist on the rise in this genre of music, I Promise.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-June 18, 2008
Alex Lattimer and album Promise
Wow!!, so refreshing to find this new super smooth voice applied to the genre of smooth jazz, very well put together the musical arrangements make for a album that
must be enjoyable to many of us who are fanatics of smooth jazz, lately have purchased too many sax musicians that look alike in their sound as well as guitar, but this voice of Alex remind us of that great Luther Vandrous, though with his own personality performing the songs. Keep it up man, great job.