Review By: Carolyn Felder
The charming, engaging and popular saxophonist, flutist, composer and producer Jackiem Joyner is back with his 4th album, “Church Boy”.
The title track, “Church Boy’s” funky rendition of Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” is just as sharp and forceful as it’s original form but this time it’s enjoyed as an instrumental. “Free Fallen” is full of that smooth, richness that only a sax can make and mellow vocals that give away a very soulful, soothing kind of expression. While “Sunday Jam” is bouncy and vivacious, you can close your eyes and enjoy the quality sound of that Yamaha Saxophone to your ears. Trust me, you can enjoy this jam on Sunday or any other day of the week.
“City On Our Knees”, a heavy tune by Toby Mac. When Joyner plays the saxophone, it tugs at your soul and yanks at your spiritual values…yeah, it’s that kind of song. And let us not forget about that striking song by Justin Beiber “Pray”. Yes it’s on there too and this instrumental version is played stunningly. By the way…check out Beiber’s “Pray” video…it’s awesome. I’m sure you’ll agree Joyner put it down just as Beiber intended. “Bless the Lord”, a Tye Tribbett classic with Johnathan Butler on lead acoustic guitar was performed strong and the soulful voices of the vocalist were spiritually uplifting…what a great song.
“Church Boy” is clearly for those who love the sound of the saxophone and can appreciate this fine example of jazz and instrumental gospel mix. It is crystal that this cd is a testament to Joyner’s faith and his love for music, for some, an invaluable combination. He seems to tell the story so well without words through this instrumental jazz and gospel version of his life and his faith which is not only appealing but is very, very attractive.
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