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Just by looking at the cover of Ed James' new CD, Meet Ed James! , you should pretty much have a solid idea of the type of musical journey you are about to embark upon. Everything about the package: the type face, the layout, the title, just SCREAMS early 60's pop. It's obvious after listening to a couple of the tunes on this CD that Ed James' major influences were the following:
- The Beatles before they went to India
- The theme song to "Friends"
- The band from the Tom Hanks movie "That Thing You Do"
Meet Ed James! is a collection of 13 totally harmless, sickly sweet, good-to-their-mother pop songs - just the antidote for a warm spring day spent down at the corner five-and-dime sharing sodas with your best girl (or guy). Lots of major chords, lots of Beach Boy style harmonies, and lots of silly lyrics ("Green M&Ms - like mistletoe/But I don't need them when I'm with you") is what you'll get with this offering.
However, don't let it's simplicity get in the way of the fact that this is an excellent display of hook-laden pop songs. Ed James has a knack for hitting all the right notes and chords in all the right successions, always leading you as the listener exactly where it is you expect to go. And that makes all the more sense considering that Mr. James plays each and every instrument on the CD himself ensuring that he is in complete control of the sound from beginning to end. He is a virtuoso by no means, but his talents are certainly adequate to bring his songwriting ambitions to fruition.
So in the end, is Ed James someone worth meeting?> Well, he might not be as the cover says "America's Phenomenal Pop Sensation," but Ed James is as close to a "pure pop artist" as I've heard since Crowded House's hey days. Is Meet Ed James adventurous? No! It is good music to wash your car by? Absolutely!
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com