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ShaShaty – Brighter Day

Feb. 21, 2015

It may have taken veteran contemporary jazz saxman ShaShaty more than decade to release this album of all original material, but you’ll quickly find that ShaShatyBrighter Day, this sixth album in the artist’s portfolio, was well worth the wait. It’s full of bounce, funk, sensuality, and brilliant light.

Like being shot out of a cannon, this cool and steady album full of delightful ear treats catches your attention straight from the lead track “Dream Ride” and continues to impress with the funky up-tempo “Let’s Go!” to the delicate, melody-rich “Song of Hope” and catchy “A Million Miles,” both featuring Taiwanese vocalist Usay Chu making her U.S. recording debut with her unique wordless vocal style , to the World flavor of the Indian-influenced “Mumbai,” and more, including a mid-tempo moderately funky title track that does justice as the album’s representative.

Among other guests here besides Chu are such notables as illustrious guitarist Steve Oliver (who also produced the project), Spyro Gyra drummer Bonnie B, and fellow saxman Will Donato. They each bring a warm and exciting sparkle to the album.

ShaShaty’s coolly satisfying and often high-steppin’ style has a confident yet not cocky gait to it, as if he firmly believes that this material will carry the day but recognizing that it will find worthy competition along the way. In other words, not only an appealing project but a smart one. This is what I believe separates those who play with passion for the fans from those who just play to pay the bills. There’s a little more “mustard” on the former than found on the latter. Kudos to ShaShaty for knowing the difference. Welcome this one to your library. – Ronald Jackson