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Eric Darius: On A Mission

Read "On A Mission" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

There are times when it feels as though even Eric Darius isn't entirely sure what he wants to do with his immense talent. On A Mission is a restless search by a young man confident in his abilities but not fully committed to any one direction.With 24 musicians, five producers and eight studios from Canada to Jamaica, On A Mission positively screams “overproduction." There's a lot going on across these ten tracks, and Darius almost gets swallowed up ...

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Eric Darius: Goin' All Out

Read "Eric Darius: Goin' All Out" reviewed by Katrina-Kasey Wheeler

Saxophonist Eric Darius has made his Blue Note label debut with Goin' All Out (Blue Note, 2008) and, as the title suggests, he is doing just that. The project includes covers of hits by Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige, and he successfully puts his own spin on them. There is a new maturity in his music that is audible from the get-go. He has created a sound for himself that is distinctive and fresh and his approach is unique to ...