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James “PJ” Spraggins – Time to Heal

Sept. 13, 2015

Funk and class with a real message share the driver’s seat on this third offering, Time to Heal, from drummer James “PJ” Spraggins.
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Spraggins, a drummer with bite and style, found the inspiration for the title while he and his wife Tracy were healing from kidney transplant surgery months ago. Tracy was the one in need of the transplant, and her husband just happened to be a perfect match. How’s that for both a blessing and inspiration?

The songs here are charged and soulful. Talent such as Frank McComb, Tracy Hamlin, Kim Scott, and Eric Essix, among others, help to add the smooth to this project.

The album contains a lead track that needs no introduction—the high-steppin’ up-tempo “Let’s Dance”—followed by an equally spirited “Downtime,” a cool cover of “Watermelon Man,” and the moving, beautiful title track (enhanced by Hamlin’s vocals and Scott’s enticing flute).

Spraggins was obviously intent on making this album convey not only good and solid c-jazz but, via many selections here, the tender unity and sacrifice experienced by the Spraggins couple during their trying time which obviously drew them even closer together.

Albums that are inspired by real life events, especially life-altering decisions, have a way of gaining easy entry into one’s heart and soul, especially when presented in such a manner as this one. Not wishing it to be a project based on feelings of melancholy or despair, it’s obvious that it was the drummer’s desire that it would be one conveying hope and love while maintaining that entertaining groove, perhaps of celebration, over their fortune and blessing.

Spraggins had much from which to draw inspiration, and it shows here on Time to Heal. – Ronald Jackson