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Jim Adkins – The Journey

Apr. 27, 2015

Guitarist Jim Adkins has a wonderful new release called The Journey. I have been on the journey with this guitarist ever since I first heard his 2002 release Jim AdkinsTurning Point, a fantastic presentation of some of the best and smoothest compositions I’d heard to date. That CD still ranks extremely high with me, but I must say that this latest may well be his best display of hollow body and nylon string work thus far.

Turning another page with sweet melodies now becoming the sweetest of melodies, the album is, from the lead track to the finale, a true masterpiece in my eyes.

Impressive fluidity accompanies each piece here, and there is a sense that you could dance off into the night content with just having had the music as your dance partner.

The lead and title track beckons to many other artists throughout the C-jazz world to “step up to the plate” and to the level of this silky and full-bodied charm. No doubt that, in our world of super-competent smooth jazz artists, many will meet that challenge, but you must hand it to Adkins for initiating the call just by producing such a tightly composed album, an album that absolutely serenades the masses with beauty and poise.

Thirteen years have passed since my introduction to Adkins, and I am truly grateful that his work crossed my path back then. Now, come along, hop on the Adkins Express, and take this exciting Journey. – Ronald Jackson