Jan. 31, 2017
Horn & Holland are a couple of guys who bring that light and romance element to the genre, that champagne and dim lights air, that come-let-me language with their debut release Steps of a Good Man. Silky vocals and seductive sax dominate this sultry and smooth collection of R&B-laced jazz gems.
Everything here glides and saunters tastefully, replete with charming melodies and graceful voicings. From the catchy and sexy lead track “Thank You” to the mid-tempo luscious groove of “Oh Love” to the call of the tender “Miracle” and “Through It All” to the instrumental version of the finale and title track, this is a fine 7-track CD made for the romantic in you.
The subheading of their press sheet states that the duo is “producing music that shifts the atmosphere.” It does that with a moonlit, candlelight-drenched soft soulfulness that sinks you into a comfy state of mellow. If you would find yourself listening to this in the right setting with the right person, I think that you would be hard-pressed to deny that these guys had something to do with your amorous mood. The art of love jazz is something everyone can truly appreciate, and these guys seem quite capable of mastering it. Give a listen and see if you don’t agree. – Ronald Jackson