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Saxophonist Amy Lee's 2nd solo release, Use Me, is filled with feel-good songs and soulful soloing that's unique to today's "Smooth Jazz" monotony. That's because her years playing with Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers and Jimmy Buffett have brought to her palette a distinctive blend of jazz, funk and storytelling which is undeniably weaved into her music and playing. Producer/engineer Steve Schwartzberg also brings his pop/R&B skills to the project having worked with such artists as Toni Braxton, TLC, and Boyz II Men. The resulting instrumental jazz-pop-soul mix is incredibly fresh and fun. The album contains 7 original compositions and 3 covers including Bill Withers' "Use Me" as well as Stevie Wonder's "Too Shy To Say." It is sure to become a favorite in your CD collection.
"Our kind of cool" is what Amy Lee gives us in her second CD Use Me. Cool, yes, but with a radiant heat sneaking through it. In this follow up to her first solo outing, Inside the Outside, Ms. Lee strays from the soft cell of jazz to explore R&B and even some island influences. She described the CD as "pop instrumental," but she is merely being modest. The ten tracks six of them she wrote herself have more than their fair share of artistry doubly so since her backing musicians are established artists in their own right. Read the full review here.
Great CD from a very talented sax player! A must for any music lover! Great listening and a good mix of tracks!
Want to enjoy your evening? Put on Amy Lee's new CD Use Me. It's fun, it will take you away to to warm sunny places, but it will also make you think about past loves! You will be entertained over and over again.
Backing up [her] superior debut CD Inside the Outside with an exceptional effort here on Use Me proves [that Amy Lee is] capable of permanence in the jazz world. Great stuff!
Amy Lee, along with many other great artists involved, came up with one awesome CD. My money was well spent! I've only had the CD a week or so but have listened dozens of times. My two favorite songs are the title track and "In The Sun," which is just way too short.
Excellent mix of styles. I hear something new each time I listen to it. Love it!