up-and-coming guitarist Steve Briody makes a splash in the
pool of smooth jazz guitar CD’s with his second
album, Keep On Talkin’. Although
this is his second solo release as an independent artist,
it marks his debut with 215 Records. On all 10 of the
original tunes he wrote for this album, Briody plays in a
classic smooth jazz style, rich with melodies and catchy
hooks. There’s no doubt that he hails from the
Chuck Loeb School of guitar and is clearly influenced by
his sound. Rippingtons keyboardist Bill Heller does
double duty as both a musician and producer of this CD.
The opening track, “Skip It,” features Briody
on guitar, accompanied by Eric Marienthal on sax. It
has a catchy, upbeat melody and serves as a good introduction
to his playing style. The next track, “Footsteps,” features
Greg Adams on muted trumpet alongside Briody. The fact
that he chose to use a trumpet as the accent as opposed to
the standard smooth jazz sax gives this tune a little more
heft to it. It allows Briody to go a little deeper
into his playing, as opposed to the lighter style of the
“Whiz Kid” features the great Jeff Lorber on
keys working it out as they play together as well as trade
off one another’s playing.
Steve brings the tempo down with “Not far from Home,” which
is a mellow and thoughtful tune, very easy to listen to and
appreciate. “On a Sunday Afternoon” is
just how you’d imagine a song about a Sunday afternoon
to be – laid back, easy going, and smooth.
Any of these songs would do well on most smooth jazz radio
play lists. In another place and time, I’d say
I’m surprised these songs aren’t being played
on a wider commercial scale.
Overall, I enjoyed discovering Steve Briody and his music. If
you like smooth jazz guitar, you’ll definitely like
this CD as well.
- Mary Bentley