Najee is back for 2017 with a new release. Poetry In Motion will be the 18th album for the musical veteran.
Review – Najee Poetry In Motion
The album opens with a slick track, called Stratosphere. I always say that the opening track sets the tone for an album. In this genre, you really want to strive for a nice uptempo groove. Stratosphere is that, and then some. Najee takes the lead with that signature horn, but the rhythm guitar and the piano stylings are tight there, making this a strong track. I would not be surprised if this ends up being a single.
Is It The Way is up next, and it is a vocal track that features Eric Roberson. Eric has been an in-demand vocalist recently, and after you hear this track, you will know why. The vocals seem effortless over the tight beats and that signature Najee sax sound. Najee performs a solo halfway through the song, so it really seems like a duet between the instrument and the voice. If you are looking for a current R&B song, this is it.
Najee steps a little out of his comfort zone with Let’s Take It Back. Best known for his slow to mid-tempo grooves, Najee just rides this this up-tempo song quite nicely. It features Incognito, and Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick does some masterful production work here.
Next, it is time to break it down with some Latin flavor. Noche Romantica is a track you can enjoy, as you sit back with a nice glass of wine. The next vocal track features soul veteran Will Downing. It is called We’ll Be Missing You. Najee’s horn entertains at the beginning, then Downing’s vocals come in for the hook. Usually on these types of vocal tracks, the instrument complements the vocals. Here it is the opposite.
Song For The Ladies is up next, and this is vintage Najee. It has a slow, head bobbing feel to it, and Najee uses that sax to ease through the track.
Incognito was featured on an earlier track, now it is time for long time member, Maysa, to take the mic. The track is Don’t Make Me Wait, and this could totally be a track on her album. Is she the smoothest singer out there, or what? The background vocals are tight, and on the bridge, she and Najee take turns grabbing the lead. Najee then performs a nice sax solo, and after that…..they both bring it home. Wait, I need to run that track back before we continue….
The title track, Poetry In Motion, is up next. Bobby Lyle performs on the track, and I must say that his piano chops are amazing. Najee switches to the flute here, and it is a nice change of pace. Clocking at six and a half minutes, it gives the musicians plenty of time to do their thing.
Next is Running Away. This track features the guitar stylings of Blake Aaron. This is track that was first recorded by Jill Scott. I must say that it works out just fine as an instrumental. This is a track that I would like to hear live and in concert.
The album closes with Dualology. The track is right in Najee’s wheelhouse with the mid-tempo groove. He breaks out the flute once again for this performance.
You cannot go wrong with Najee’s latest effort. The album has all of the critical elements. Strong slow jams, a few uptempo songs, stellar guest vocalists, and top notch guest instrumentalists.
Look for it after August 25th on your favorite streaming service.
You can also purchase the album here: