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Ty Causey — Down II Earth

Oct. 9, 2010



 Vocalist Ty Causey has a sure way of delivering the silky fabric of R&B/soul in a way that many have found strongly appealing and, here with Down II Earth, his latest offering, he again belts out the sweet sounds in a convincing manner.  Categorizing this as a truly smooth jazz project would not be my first inclination, but as a really good R&B project with strong hints of smooth jazz (and, yes, it is where so many projects are today),  I can get on board.  Maybe it’s just that my own line of distinction grows broader with time.

Many of the tracks have a noticeable perkiness about them, like the title track, that complement the singer’s vibrant groove as it unveils itself throughout the project. The melodies are infectious, the rhythms alternately snappy (e.g., “Any Means Necessary,” “Living On the Border Line”) and romantic (e.g., “A Place in Your Heart,” “Deep Inside,” “Start Again”). 

The R&B element is, of course, quite easily identifiable– even dominant–but the occasional jazzy vibe does catch you by the ear, as well, as with the opening track, “Rocket II the Moon,” a smooth rhythmic piece with great tone and harmony, the catchy track “Love to the Bone,” in which Causey seizes the opportunity to toss in a clever bit of scatting in certain spots in the hook (love it), and the finale, a rhythmic slow-to mid-tempo little Jarreau-like ditty with snap called “I Want to Know About Love.”

Down II Earth has great vocals, quality R&B, makes an honest stab at incorporating a few elements of smooth jazz in the mix, and is definitely worth your time.  I’m convinced. — Ronald Jackson