On September 1, 2023, Justin-Lee Schultz will release his second solo album on Shanachie Entertainment, Just In The Moment. As the title suggests, the awe-inspiring multi-instrumentalist has arrived and his latest musical statement is imbued with soul, fire, and passion, asserting that he is one of the most talented young musicians to emerge in years.
“There are so many remarkable things about Justin - his virtuosity, his youth, his genius...But above all it's the depth, the joy, the beauty; and those inner qualities that make Justin so unique and wonderful,” states Shanachie Entertainment VP of Jazz A&R, Danny Weiss. Just In The Moment showcases all but one original and is produced by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Brown. It features Grammy-winning pianist/producer Robert Glasper who is heard in the intro to the lone cover on the album, Eddie Harris’ 1960s hit, “Freedom Jazz Dance.” Grammy-winning saxophonist Dave Koz, who Justin will tour with this winter as part of his blockbuster star-studded Christmas Tour, as well as Grammy nominated saxophonist Richard Elliot, also make appearances on two album tracks. “I have a good relationship with all of them,” says Justin. “We speak often and it’s always fun playing or jamming with them!”
Just In The Moment is a follow up to Justin’s recording debut Gruv Kid released in 2020. The album debut at #1 in iTunes Jazz and hit Top 10 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Charts, making him the youngest musician to ever chart. In 2022 he collaborated with his sister Jamie and bassist Jaden Baker in the trio J3 called Opus 1. With the anticipated release of Just In The Moment, the sky is the limit for Justin-Lee Schultz. “Music has the power to bring people together. I’m always thankful when people come up to me and express their appreciation for what I do not only in Jazz but for all other genres. For me, improvisational music is freedom of expression.”