Smith, Gary Dean

MF Recordz, 2019CD
Instrument: Guitar

Issue: 25.1

Jazz Ruler Type: R&B+Jazz
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Guitarist and composer Gary Dean Smith leads a strong band including Phil Reyes on sax and flute.“Awakening“is wholesome R&B with Mer Sal singing visions of hope on several selections notably the title track and the sizzling “Lucky” featuring Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Gary Novak (d) and producer Jimmy Haslip (b). The instrumentals are just as good. It’s a rather abbreviated session with only five songs and 22 minutes but we enjoyed it.


Publicist: Kari-On Productions