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Najee: Mind Over Matter

Read "Mind Over Matter" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

A fixture on smooth jazz radio since his debut album Najee's Theme (EMI, 1986), at this point in his career Najee is more consistent than innovative. He's a worthy inheritor of the title Grover Washington Jr., held as master saxophonist of the genre but, with a few rare exceptions such as Songs From the Key of ...


Mark Shim: Mind Over Matter

Read "Mind Over Matter" reviewed by Jim Santella

When Mark Shim stands to take a solo with The Mingus Big Band, his youthful, clean-cut appearance comes in direct contrast to the deep, robust tone coming from his tenor saxophone. Drawn to tenor saxophone “players with a darker sound," as he states in the liner notes, Shim has made impressions on those with whom he's ...