Michael Walker “A Smoother You” Album Reviews

SmoothJazzTherapy.com Review

Released back in May of 2012 but now making some waves on radio, the CD ‘A Smoother You’ from Dallas, TX based guitarist Michael Walker is everything one would expect from someone who cites his musical influences as being B.B. King, George Benson, and Norman Brown. Fine backing from drummer Kenny Washington II, sax-man Vandell Andrew, and bass-player John Robinson all contribute to what is an excellent end product while sharing vocals are Angela Blair and Quentin Moore who also figures on keys. The first single serviced to radio is the easy grooving ‘Let’s Do It’ which, complete with some Benson-esqe playing from Walker, should do well.
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Spencer Brown Company Review

Once in a while there comes a talent that just stands out. Guitarist Micheal Walker is that “once in a while”. From Dallas, TX by way of Newport AK, Michael embraces, R&B and Smooth Jazz while incorporating a little southern soul. It’s a captivating difference. Michael was hooked on the guitar by listening to his grandmother’s old blues records, most notably the great B.B. King. Later he was drawn to the sounds of George Benson, Norman Brown and ultimately the Smooth Jazz genre. Inspired, he formed a band, Chill Factor and played gigs in the Dallas area. After 12 years Michael decided to become a solo artist. A Smoother You is Michael’s debut CD. Produced by fellow Dallas musician Quentin Moore it features nine original tracks, including seven written by Michael, a testimony to his depth and talent as an artist. Michael is proud of A Smoother You” because he says “It’’s totally me. It’s a happy-feeling CD that brings a smile to your face”. He’s right. It will a solo artist. A Smoother You is Michael’s debut CD. Produced by fellow Dallas musician Quentin Moore it features nine original tracks, including seven written by Michael, a testimony to his depth and talent as an artist. Permalink: http://spencerbrowncompany.com/clients

TheSmoothJazzRide.com Review

Sometimes, I will get a press sheet on a particular artist that is a short one-pager that’s brief and to the point. Sometimes, there’s a bit of exaggeration or embellishment; sometimes, the language couldn’t be truer. No hype, just facts. The latter is true in the case of guitarist Michael Walker. In part, his one-pager reads, “One in a while there comes a talent that just stands out…Michael embraces R&B and smooth jazz while incorporating a little ‘southern soul.’ It’s a captivating difference.” Merging smooth – or contemporary – jazz and R&B is nothing new. The two have been bedfellows for awhile now. Still, everything about the press sheet boldly boasts of the truth. Walker is the real deal, and his debut release, A Smoother You, stands up proudly to proclaim that. The guitarist’s delivery, the fresh and original material bearing a slight resemblance to the smoothness of our dear friends George Benson and Norman Brown, and, as one of songs states, his “sweet swag” is bound to make Walker a name you’ll soon see among the who’s who in contemporary jazz. Everything about this material and this artist spells strong competence and confidence. The silky, jazzy runs and soothing melodies are among the first things you notice in listening to this album of all original material penned by Walker (save two written by multi-instrumentalist Quentin Moore). One listen to the sassy, upbeat lead track, “Let’s Do It’” featuring vocalist Angela Blair; the suave, moving “I Wanna Love You;” the light, swaying mid-tempo “Brother To Brother” featuring the tender vocals of Karen Bernod; or the rousing title track (among so many others) will capture your affinity for Walker’s style. This is a solid project. Walker says it all in two plain sentences. “It’s totally me. It’s a happy-feeling CD that brings a smile to your face.” Yes, at the very minimum. This debut should definitely earn him praise and respect from many of his peers in this genre and admiration from jazzers everywhere. – Ronald Jackson
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