First Listen: Jermaine Lockhart gives us the "Sunshine"

(February 8, 2019) Saxophonist Jermaine Lockhart touts a quartet of jazz legends as key influences on his music. You can’t go wrong in drawing inspiration from Thelonious Monk, Woody Shaw and saxophonists John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon.

Lockhart also has an endorsement from living legend George Benson with the rollout of his new single, “Back to the Sunshine.” And after listening to the Lockhart’s melodic and creative saxophone work that operates in concert with the throwback funky yet smooth arrangement that propels this upbeat number, it’s easy to see why.

“Back to the Sunshine” has a feel that takes a time when fusion artists like Benson, the Crusaders and Grover regularly aired on R&B radio, because those performers had the groove that fit in with the funk and soul that we jammed to at the time. This song takes you back, but it does not feel dated – because that kind of groove never goes out of style.

(February 8, 2019) Saxophonist Jermaine Lockhart touts a quartet of jazz legends as key influences on his music. You can’t go wrong in drawing inspiration from Thelonious Monk, Woody Shaw and saxophonists John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon.

Lockhart also has an endorsement from living legend George Benson with the rollout of his new single, “Back to the Sunshine.” And after listening to the Lockhart’s melodic and creative saxophone work that operates in concert with the throwback funky yet smooth arrangement that propels this upbeat number, it’s easy to see why.

“Back to the Sunshine” has a feel that takes a time when fusion artists like Benson, the Crusaders and Grover regularly aired on R&B radio, because those performers had the groove that fit in with the funk and soul that we jammed to at the time. This song takes you back, but it does not feel dated – because that kind of groove never goes out of style.

By Howard Dukes

Jermaine Lockhart
"Back To The Sunshine"

 

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