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Erly Thornton – In Transit

May 29, 2012

In Transit is Erly Thornton’s sophomore release, his debut being the 2008 release of My Life. Like its predecessor, this latest is a savvy, bouncy, alive project with lots of pronounced rhythm.

Working with producer Derrick Garvin and featuring the colorful guitarist Steve Oliver on a pair of well-crafted tracks (the exotic, Latin-influenced “”Latismo” and “Moonlight Cay,” both co-written by Oliver and Garvin, as well as Thornton), Thornton puts together an album full of striking originals and cleverly interpreted covers to engage the listener on every level.  In addition to the suave and bright lead track, “Le Voyage Transatlantique,” the strong and robust title track brings its own dance to the party. That’s followed by an energetic cover of Ambrosia’s classic “Biggest Part of Me,” Thornton’s sax doing a very clean job of holding down the lead here.

The party continues with the snappy “Amsterdam” and rolls right into a series of covers including Mint Condition’s soulfully stirring “What Kind of Man Would I Be” (Thornton’ sax is truly the driving force behind this piece, striving to  dig deeply into your heart to get the impact across) and Earth, Wind & Fire’s rousing “September.”  The finale, the previously mentioned “Moonlight Cay,” is a light, airy, and rhythmic mid-tempo piece designed to put just the right finishing touch on the project.

My Life set the path. In Transit should continue down the trail. Two for two is a pretty good way to launch your career in this business in anybody’s eyes (and ears), and Erly Thornton shows the capacity to continue in this vein for some good years to come.  – Ronald Jackson

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