The Pulse of Entertainment: Sax Man Najee Enlist
Will Downing and Others on New CD ‘Poetry in Motion'
"It simply started with Barry Eastman, a producer who has worked with Freddy Jackson and Anita Baker...I
said, ‘Man we need to do something together.' So he started sending me songs," said multi-platinum selling contemporary
saxophonist Najee about the making of his newest album release "Poetry in Motion"
(Shanachie). "I called everyone else. I didn't know they'd all show up!"
The others Grammy nominated Najee speaks of in the August 25, 2017
"Poetry in Motion" album release include vocalists Grammy winning Will Downing, Grammy nominated
Maysa and Eric Roberson, along with guitarists Bluey Incognito (also a vocalist/producer), Randy Bowland
and Blake Aaron, and in addition pianists Emmy winning Bobby Lyle and Eastman. The album
‘pays homage" to Prince and Al Jarreau.
"Will and I know each other before we were
had solo careers as friends, he married a girl I went to school with," Najee pointed
out. When I asked him about having such prolific artists such as Will, Maysa, Bluey and
Bobby on his album he said, "The challenge is making it your own. Each artist has a very strong identity. I come from
a history of accompanying vocalists always playing behind strong vocalists - so you have
to find your hole."
Najee has played for Presidents Bill
Clinton and Nelson Mandela, with appearances on ‘The Tonight Show" and "Good
Morning America." The New York native is celebrating 30 years in the music business that began in the early 80s
working for Chaka Khan.
"I've had many journeys along the
way...experiences and memories. Life experiences have been very quick. My oldest just turned
40. I've been blessed..."
"Poetry in Motion" is
Najee's 17th solo album release, but his fourth Shanachie Entertainment project. In the past Najee has collaborated with
Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Brandy and George Duke. "Poetry in Motion"
offers R&B, Jazz and Latin flavored selections. Learn more about Najee, his new release
and tour dates by logging onto www.NajeeOfficial.com.
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership
of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public
Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large)
for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: 18th annual "Uplifting Minds II" Free Entertainment Conference (Baltimore and Los Angeles).
Entertainment Business panel and national talent showcase competition (vocal, songwriting
and dance) with over $13,000 in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.