Somehow you just hoped or thought there would be a follow
up to their 2008 release. Saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Steve
Cole and Kim Waters are back with the Sax Pack this fall and
pick up right where they left off. The “pack” is
seen on the cover sipping champange and you know right away
that success breeds success. All ten songs here are joint in
their delivery as all three artists play together throughout.
That adds up to some great harmonies, as well as some featured
solos. As on the first release, it takes some careful listening
to figure which “voice” is which.
“Wanna Get Closer” features a lot of Kashiwa in
this mid tempo opener that also features some newer sounding
harmonies on the chorus. They pick the beat up a little bit
with some back claps and keys before the three launch into
the first single called “Can’t Help Myself.” All
three lend in on the solo work here between a catchy chorus. “Smooth
As Silk” kicks off with some funky guitar riffs before
settling in on featured solos from the three. The riffs continue
through out, and is matched by harmonic under tones from the
pack. “Are You Ready” is a great up tempo song
that will be a good one to dance to. I’m amazed at how
well these guys play together here to sound as one! The title
track is one you’ll remember for a while as well. Funky
in its approach, Cole takes the early lead followed by Waters
and Kashiwa. This will be a fun one in concert.
“All That I Am” slows down the pace somewhat and
is more deliberate in its delivery. “Here To Stay” begins
with finger popping and a crisp introduction. All three play
well together and continue to shine on the solo areas. They
finish up with a special remix of their hit “Fallin’ For
You.” It’s a great way to tie into the first disc.
If you liked the first disc, I know you’re going to
love the second one as well. These guys play so well together
in the studio, and have so much fun on the road. It is good
news to know The Pack Is Back!