In listening to "Evolve", you can tell just how far and deeply felt the journey of Jackiem Joyner has been. Our award-winning saxophonist (and MULTI-instrumentalist) is so much more than you might have known. Raised in the roots of the Christian Church, you heard Jackiem explore his spiritual side on "Church Boy" from two years ago. He was finding his way through the myriad of other musical influences via his three previous efforts. Now, with his fifth release, he is clearly confident, persuasive and stronger than ever about his future.
Start to finish, these eleven tracks - all written and produced by Jackiem - offer a glimpse of who's around him, who has inspired him and what's important to him. Gerald Albright has been a hero for some time - and he's here on the song, "Big Step." Jackiem tours with Keiko Matsui when he's not leading his own band - and she is featured on a song that he wrote with her in mind, "Europa." His touring band plays with him on "Evolve" - and it makes such a difference in passion and artistry!
Our guest has had such a wonderful background...born in Norfolk, Virgina - with high school experience in upstate New York. Chosen to be Music Director for the "World Harvest Outreach Ministries" while still very young. With Marcus Johnson for three years...recommended highly by Angela Bofill for a pivotal tour that guaranteed even MORE fans - fans that have stayed through every project that Jackiem has created.
"Lil Man Soul" has been able to tour all over the world - side-by-side next to those whose music he had lived while he was growing up, dreaming. Najee, Kirk Whalum, the late and great George Duke...and he isn't even 35 yet! So much more to come - and this chart-topping artist is READY! That's why the CD is called "EVOLVE." :
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