5th and York is a pretty cool name huh? I found out about the group from my new obsession–Twitter. The smooth jazz group hails from Charlotte, NC and is comprised of five members. As the ArtBelles always educate, smooth jazz is a type of jazz that is heavily influenced by R&B.
I had the opportunity to review 5th and York’s cd, Nascentum, which lead me on a ride my ears didn’t want to get off of. Nascentum is more than a jazz cd–it incorporates rock, r&b, funk, and bits of soul that make you shake your head in disbelief. Yes, it’s just that diverse ArtBLT’ers.
“Hot Water” starts off with an intro that beckons you to listen. It has a thudding bass line that complements the saxophone well.
“Enterlewd” opens with a rock guitar solo and put me in the mood for fun. The only downside is the song is barely over 2 minutes–I wanted more!
“Converstation” is pure sexiness. I love the way it makes me feel. It beckons a lady to strap on those high heels and dance around in a slinky dress (hopefully with a beau). It clocks in at a mere 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Seriously, this song should be at least 5 minutes long–I kept replaying it.
Overall, Nascentum is a nice cd with various influences. It would make a great addition to your jazz collection. A downside is the length of the album. It doesn’t even clock in at 30 minutes, which is a shame considering the smooth ride 5th and York takes you on. I would give Nascentum 3 out of 5 stars, partly because of its length. However, I’m sure the group makes certain you enjoy the musical ride when they perform live.
Disclosure: 5th and York sent me their cd to review, but it in no way influences the quality of my review. My words and opinions are my own, and an ArtBelle always holds tight to her honesty.