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The de facto title track to Boney James’ The Beat is a nod to Sergio Mendes’ 1968 version with Brasil 66. The dynamic tenor saxophonist’s 12th album reflects a broadly metropolitan sensibility similar to the Brazilian maestro’s music and popular style. Rippling percussion, soft keyboards, and the album’s sole soprano saxophone appearance help usher in the opening track: a warm interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.” Charismatic spoken-word artist The Floacist and seductive R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn contribute to the evening jams on “The Midas (This Is Why)” and “Maker of Love,” respectively. A highlight is James reuniting with trumpeter and longtime comrade Rick Braun to stretch out with a funky take on “Batucada (The Beat).”

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The Beat

Boney James is to music what Usain Bolt is to track and field he is miles ahead of the field, every album he release is on point, cut after cut, album after album becomes my new favorite much love to Boney James.

Untouchable !!

The man has so much smooth soul!

This will be another great album

Have been listening to him since I was 5 my favorite jazz artist. Thank you Boney James


Born: September 1, 1961 in Lowell, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A solid saxophonist whose style falls on the R&B and pop side of jazz, Boney James is a consistent best-seller who can always be relied upon to put on a colorful live show. Born James Oppenheim, he grew up in New Rochelle, New York. The future Boney James studied clarinet when he was eight, switching to saxophone two years later -- the instrument which began to show his heavy influence from Grover Washington, Jr. When he was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles. James was soon playing in a fusion...
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