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Julian Vaughn – Bona Fide

July 6, 2017

Kansas City, MO native Julian Vaughn has made some very impressive strides in the world of contemporary jazz as a self-taught bassist who not only learned to play by ear but by heart and soul, as well. His latest offering entitled Bona Fide clearly demonstrates that his aim for your heart and soul is dead on as he strolls through melodies that are meant to be felt as much as heard.

A tall man (height measurements have been reported from 6’7” to 6’10”), Vaughn makes sure that Bona Fide towers high and proud with polished originals like the finger-snappin’ lead and title track, the easy gliding “If I Could,” and the silky “Reflections,” among others, to sharp covers of tunes like the sweet and soulful Jackson 5 track “All I Do Is Think of You” featuring vocalist Anthony Saunders and Michael Jackson’s high-steppin’ “Remember the Time,” the latter capturing a bit of that MJ magic via some hot lead bass chops.

In addition to guest artists like bassist Mel Brown, saxmen Steve Cole, Marcus Anderson, and Elan Trotman, Vaughn is joined here by a few of his Trippin N Rhythm labelmates including keyboardist Nicholas Cole, trumpeter Lin Rountree, and saxman Lebron Dennis. Their contributions to the project solidly help put wind behind the album’s sail.

Surely getting a nod from those by whom he was influenced, such as the late Wayman Tisdale, Vaughn’s brand of R&B/gospel/smooth jazz continues to climb onward and upward on this, his fourth album, remaining steadfastly on track on his journey to place his own indelible mark on this hybrid brand of the genre. – Ronald Jackson