Let’s Jam: 5th and York’s All In

I remember the first time I heard about 5th and York. We’d just started ArtBLT and a belle was looking for some fresh talent to feature. Ever a fan of jazz music, the sis approached me one day and our convo went like this:

Tamika: You gotta check out this jazz group I found on Twitter.

Me: Really? Are they solid?

Tamika: These cats are tight!

Me: Lemme check out their website.

This was my introduction to 5th and York. The musicians latest album, All In, definitely goes all in. It has a smooth jazz feel that will take you back to drinking lemonade under the shade of a tree. This is not your typical jazz album. The group breaks up the monotony by having dialogue interwoven within the cd, adding a fresh touch to its signature contemporary style. I did regret that the dialogue could be too long at times though, as in “The Casino.” However, 5th and York does a splendid job of merging jazz, rock, and traditional r&b to create a style that’s distinctly their own.

One of my favorite tunes is “Key of G (Ea).” I want you to listen to it and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

If you’re ready to open your ears and explore the world in a smooth sultry musical ride, then check out 5th and York’s All In. You can buy the album on iTunes.

Disclosure: The cd was sent to us for review. It does not affect a belle’s opinion. 

Image via 5th & York 

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.

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