‘I Wanna Groove’ is the debut CD from emerging guitarist Joe Lindsay and packed as it is with catchy melodies and smooth grooves, seems all set to propel Lindsay into the mainstream of contemporary jazz. With ten self penned compositions this is a project that quickly gets to the heart of what the genre, circa 2013, should be all about.
Take for example the Latin lilt of ‘Con Savor’ that is given a delightful late twist by vocals from Carey Sims. Another tune that is extremely easy on the ear comes in the form of the romantically tender ‘Your Eyes’ which proves to be a joy from beginning to end and in similar vein is ‘Gift From Above’ that Lindsay uses to close out the album in relaxed style.
The strident ‘Let’s Do It’ includes a nice interlude on sax from Marcus Anderson and Lindsay keeps things fizzing with ‘Mighty Fine’ which comes complete with some fine old school sensibilities. Later, when Lindsay begins to ease down the tempo, the free flowing ‘Break Time’ really sets the tone and it’s that same restrained approach which also pays dividends with the entirely pleasing ‘Let It Rain’.
The reggae tinged opening to ‘North Tryon St.’ paves the way to another mid tempo charmer while in terms of personal favourites the soulfully mellifluous ‘Nobody’s Gonna Love You’ features vocals from Calvin Richardson (aka The Prince Of Soul). That notwithstanding, when Richardson returns for the easy grooving title cut the result is a song that seems a virtual certainty to make it into my top twenty smooth jazz tracks of the year.
‘I Wanna Groove’ is an excellent addition to this year’s crop of new music and comes recommended.