Gary Dean Smith pulled out all the stops for 2019’s ‘Awakening,’ even working with a legendary producer/bass player.
‘Awakening’ is Gary Dean Smith’s long-awaited follow up to 2011’s ‘Backbone Sessions #1.’ The new EP features a handful of songs that deliver upbeat jazz fusion comparable to the likes of Jeff Lorber and The Crusaders. Smith was at the reins but was not without help from the one and only, the legendary producer and bass player, Jimmy Haslip. Together they not only went above and beyond on this EP, but they also formed the Expansion of a Sum; a five-piece ensemble comprised of remarkably talented musicians.
Well received and reviewed since it’s early 2019 release, ‘Awakening’ has been a delightful addition to the contemporary jazz scene. It spent over a dozen weeks on the NACC Charts and received airplay on both terrestrial stations as well as Spotify.
“Gary Dean Smith as he brings together a soulful ensemble… Uplifting and upbeat; I dare you to sit still!” – George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“Groove-oriented, the music of the Gary Dean Smith Project elevates and lightens up the darkest of moods.” – JAZZ2LOVE
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Gary Dean Smith delivers a wonderful jazz fusion experience on his latest album, ‘Awakening.’
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