If ever there was a man who could testify to the power of creating, sharing and enjoying music, its smooth and soulful saxophonist Jimmy Sommers. His infectious alto sax playing has proven time and again to be a sound at once dramatic, spirited and funky, yet seductive and unabashedly romantic.
Jimmy Sommers’ debut album, James Café, introduced him as a strikingly fresh presence in the NAC arena. Its 2001 follow-up, the self-produced 360 Urban Groove, took things to another level by featuring his masterful cover of Boz Scaggs’ classic “Lowdown,” which went all the way to #2 on Radio & Records’ Smooth Jazz Chart (“I saved my #1 charter for the new album,” Jimmy quips). Now, just in time for the summer of 2003, Sommers presents his most scorching yet intoxicating collection to date, Lovelife, slated for release August 5 on his own Gemini Records imprint via Higher Octave/EMD.
Simplicity is a beautiful thing in the hands of a performing natural like Jimmy. It means that you stick to and improve upon formulas that are true to your heart and good for the souls of the masses. For Sommers, that means serving up funky-fun dance grooves and sensually romantic ballads in well-balanced proportion, then spicing the result with special guests/friends from both the R&B and smooth jazz worlds. In the past, those guests have ranged from Norman Brown and Les Nubians to Raphael Saadiq, Ginuwine and Eric Bene’t.