Saturday, July 21, 2007

Najee To Release 'Rising Sun' On Heads Up Int'l

Saxophonist Najee will release a new album on August 14th, titled Rising Sun. The new set finds the multi-instrumentalist and composer blending straight-ahead as well as contemporary jazz, classic R&B and even indie rock on this 10-song set.

The album includes the lead-off tune "Come What May," as well as covers of James Moody's "Moody's Mood For Love" and John Mayer's "Clarity." Producers include James Lloyd of Pieces Of A Dream and Chris "Big Dog" Davis.

Last year Najee completed a film of a 2005 trip to South Africa that was shown on the BET J channel last December and released on DVD in January. The musical travelogue Najee, Sax In South Africa was directed by actress and spoken word artist Kim Fields, and followed the smooth jazz star as he traveled to various shows and landmarks.

Najee explained how the South African documentary developed with Fields, who also contributed to his 2003 album Embrace: "I was actually talking to Kim Fields, because she had done some of the creative work on my current album at the time, Embrace, she had done some of the artwork for the album cover and stuff like that, her company did. And we told her that we were going over there, and she came up with the idea -- well, what would it take for us to do something with it? So we put our head together and that's what happened."

Rising Sun is the follow-up to Najee's 2005 Heads Up International release My Point Of View, which included the smooth jazz hit "2nd 2 None."

By: Janine Coveney

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