Never fails to impress!
Been a fan since pure and will always be
I believe if this cd was recored live in a club setting it would have been lot more raw and getting back to Boney James and his earlier sound.
Exactly 25 years ago, Boney James launched one of Smooth Jazz’s most prolific careers with his debut album TRUST. The title of his 16th release HONESTLY creates the perfect thematic bookend to the multi-talented four-time Grammy nominated saxophonist, composer, producer and performer’s first quarter century. It’s also the appropriate word to capture the intimacy and sincerity with which he creates his alternately funky and dreamily seductive vibes. The new album features Boney at his most buoyant and cheerful on songs complemented by his trademark sensual, old school cool and some straight up R&B featuring two of new school’s coolest kids, vocalists Avery*Sunshine and Eric Roberson. Speaking HONESTLY, this shapes up to be another sure smash for one of the genre’s most consistent hit makers!
This is his worst, he needs to get back to his roots and make the music that made him popular. Too many vocals and to many guest artists.
I got some Terrace Martin Too, and Slow and Low sounds a little bit like Valdez off Crenshaw its still good thou
Good well rounded album but not his best
I'm a fan of Boney, and have all his albums that I listen to in order at least a couple of times a month. You can literally hear his artistic progression from Trust (1992) to maybe Contact (2011). The Beat (2013) there is stagnation. Futuresoul (2015) and now Honestly (2017) seem to revert backwards a bit. I'm was hoping for him to push forward with something new and fresh. Now don't get me wrong, Honestly has some solid hits, but it's missing that extra something that I cannot put my finger on. Nonetheless, the man is pure talent so I cannot fix myself to give him less than 4 stars.
A truly great album
By B.G.the K.I.N.G.
Every tune is tight where it should be tight and loose where it should be. Grover's inspirational DNA is all over it. One disappointment. It's nothing Mr. James did. It's whoever or however the tunes are rated. How in the name of God can one of the most interesting songs—a classic have THE lowest rating. Everyone who's anyone in jazz, from vocals to instrumentalist have recorded this standard. But Boney did something with it that I've never heard any of the greats do with it. It's at a tempo and the range is mind-blowing.
My favorite version is a vocal version by Aretha. It's on iTunes, on an album called "Laughing On The Outside". She was 21 when she recorded the album. I think it's her greatest album. It's just a beautiful string and bluesy touch. Every song is like amazing, but I digress.
Mr. James, you did everything an artist is supposed to do as an artist on this from front to back.and if you read this and haven't heard the Aretha version of "Skylark" do it.
By the ghost and the madness
The album, overall isn't bad. However, I do believe that his older works are better. Personally, I think "Pure" was his best album. Just saying.
Another "hitless" effort from Boney
By Philly Bob
This is the second in a row for Boney. He was one of my favorites. So glad I no longer have to purchase a CD to see if there are any wortwhile songs. Thanks to technology, we can pick and choose single cuts or none at all. A lot of the "Smooth Jazz" artist have lost their creative ability to produce enjoyable music. I have not purchased an entire CD from any of the "Smooth Jazz" artist since iTunes came out. Frankly, at 65 and with 10,000 songs on my MBP, I have been listening more to the music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's due to the lack of new, fresh, enjoyable music from my favorite New Age, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Alternative artist.
Love Boney James' music!
By Runway DTW