Tête-à-tête Thursdays: 5th and York Review

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.


Shermika is a writer constantly in search of her next freelance gig and an ending to her short stories. She loves to plan trips, eat tasty delicacies, and tip toe in heels. She enjoys unique jewelry, good music, reading, and chic dresses.

4 thoughts to “Tête-à-tête Thursdays: 5th and York Review”

  1. Length is one of our most addressed concerns. This album was put together in an extremely expedited manner due to certain restrictions. It has been addressed and resolved with our follow up album yet to be named. Sign up on our page or follow us on Twitter/FB to stay in the loop. Thank to ArtBLT for the love and support.


    1. Gea: I'm glad the time issue was addressed. It certainly is a good album. I cannot wait until your follow up album is released-hopefully, I will review that one as well. We are following you all on Twitter. You are most welcome! 5th and York is GREAT in our book. Continue to stay tuned to ArtBLT for all things art and like us on FB. And of course, tell all your friends so we can hold them hostage!

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