Is there not one of us that can honestly say we have been in a spot where we could use a little "spiritual" pick me up? Secular humanists stand down...
A release three years in the making and a wonderfully moving hybrid of soul, jazz, and gospel from standards to inspired original from bassist Sean O'Bryan Smith is set to drop Reflection on July 17, 2012. The genesis of this recording came about while Smith was taking a break from touring and suddenly found himself working on new arrangements for some iconic spiritual music including "How Great Thou Art" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Smith also got by with a little help from some of his friends as featured artists on this release include but are not limited to Chuck Loeb, Randy Brecker and Gerald Albright.
More than a stereotypical "religious' release, this offering holds special meaning to Smith as he has stated this is a personal recording of where he came from and the direction he is heading both as an artist but perhaps more importantly as a human being. An individual happy in their own skin, comfortable with where they are and where they are going is indeed a rare and wondrous occurrence and we should all be so lucky.
With the sound every bit as important as the songs, Reflection was recorded and mixed with a nod towards the Stax sound including mixing everything through an old Trident analog console for just the right sonic flavor. A truly unique and inspirational hybrid finding a well deserved happy place somewhere between gospel and contemporary jazz.
The diversity reflected on this beautiful recording has been the calling card of Smith's career having worked with such stellar acts as Esperanza Spalding, Lady Antebellum and Larry Carlton to drop but a few names.
To find out more be sure and check out http://www.seanobryansmith.com/
Tracks: How Great Thou Art; Blessed Assurance; Mighty To Save; Blessed Be Your Name; Me Without You; Called; Will The Circle Be Unbroken; Give Me Jesus; The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power; Yes You Have; Battle Hymn Of The Republic; Reflection.
Special thanks to "A Great Scott P.R.oduction!"