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Najee

One of the best-selling instrumentalists of the late '80s to mid-'90s, Najee has been a consistent favorite in the quiet storm and so-called "smooth jazz" markets. Often compared to Kenny G, George Howard, and Dave Koz, the New Yorker has been greatly influenced by Grover Washington Jr. -- although he hasn't been nearly as adventurous. Heavily produced and quite formulaic, Najee's albums have tended to avoid improvisation and strive for commercial radio airplay above all else. Debuting in 1987 with Najee's Theme, Najee was an immediate hit in the new adult contemporary (NAC) market. Similar pop/urban jazz dates like 1988's Day by Day and 1990's Tokyo Blue did nothing to jeopardize his niche on smooth jazz radio. Onstage, Najee takes some risks and stretches out more. Morning Tenderness was released in 1998, followed by Love Songs (2000), Embrace (2003), My Point of View (2005), True Spirit (with John Grant, Victor Williams, and Dennis Chambers in 2006), Rising Sun (2007), and Mind Over Matter (2009). In 2012, Najee released his 14th studio album, The Smooth Side of Soul, featuring the track "First Kiss," a collaboration with R&B vocalist Phil Perry. Najee returned in 2013 with The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey which included the song "Shinjuku," a tribute to the late jazz keyboard legend George Duke. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Nagee, Paul Hardcastle, Marion Meadows and of course many others are the artist I listen to while I'm applying paint to canvass. I've created many masterpieces while listening and I thank them all.
me and Najee go back a long way my man the blow mister
Great looking guy who knows how to play saxophone great. Dangerous mix for a woman. ;-)
Great looking guy who knows how to play trumpet great. Dangerous mix for a woman. ;-)
I sure miss him . . . My man . . Najee.
I'm a Jerome and he's a Jerome need I say more?Hell yea!!!Fantas t i c saxophonist!
tomman30
Sweeeet!
Awesome I like it
Outstanding. One of best
edalexx
Love my Jazz World & Jazz People...Na- e c e - M c C r a e , Barbara Nash, Lady Deba, 1-Foxy Senior, Old Skool Playa, Marilyn Garner, GJ Boyd and the rest of the Jazz Family. Why dont everyone join me with a salute to to great melody/Najee on May 17, 2014, o/a 11:30 pm, with a cup of Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee from: www.simplyma r v e l o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m ....see you all then! Love you all and let's do our part and the world a better place to love. You're Simply Marvelous!
This is my favorite of all time by him��yes it is!!! They are all grate Sax Players!!! It's very hard too pick Just one if not inpossible yes? Let's all enjoy them togather friends!��
tomman30
fantastic groove...on any occassion
jrmeacham
This is how talent is supposed to be shared!
I've been listening to great music like this since I was like 3 or 4 and it brings back good memories and is really relaxing
Music to wake up too......... . . !
We go way way back to day by day..
Very nice.
Man gets better with time, sweet
magical_butt e r f l y 2 5
So nice
love the songs wit him an kenny g been listnin too him since i was 8 or 9 yrs old
najee's the finest and smoothest listen to him all day!
Many moons ago, Newport RI Jazz Festival - NAGEE was playing his sax
& left the stage, out to the crowd to me! I screamed like mad !
FOR THE GROWN AND SEXXY PEOPLES SMILE...
I love me some Najee! he will be in Louisville, Kentucky along with Phil Perry and Pieces of a Dream in early March! My friends and I plan to make it a night of pre-concert fun, dinner, and great music! If you can be here I promise you will love the music, people and the venue - Kentucky Center for the Arts! This is a new artistic approach for the Kentucky Center and I must say - it's about time!
I CAN BE ON A BEAUITFUL ISLAND ON WARM NIGHT LISTENING TO JAZZ ALL NIGHT LONG REAL TALK SMILE....
GREAT MUSIC LOVE IT
tomman30
Wow, my word...what smooth, sultry sounds and groove...kee p beating the sounds from St. Croix
When ever I play a gig he's the first person I think of for choosing what music we should play.
I love his music it put me in a different happy place in life.
Happy Music!
labs3pj
soothes the soul
His sax is POPPIN!!!
He is one of the most technical artist of the late 80's and 90's.
Love the sweet sounds.
A outstanding accomplished jazz artist for this centaury. Awesome man.
Love najee
Day By Day and Tokyo Blue are his best albums or CD's
How are you formulaic when you introduce it? Anyway...fan since '87. He actually got it started for me in contemporary jazz; my collection anyway 'cause it really began with Grover but Najee has his place. 14th studios says aplenty.
Loved him from the beginning
thenewajbabe 5
The man shows you WHY it's called SMOOTH Jazz. For sure.
Another oldie but goodie! The brother is AWESOME!
This is what music is all about!!
Have liked him since he first got started in the 80's. he is as smooth as silk with a little satin added!!
jeanne.dupre e
What a soulful sound, Najee you go!!
oh he's so smooth!!
Smooth Jazz. It is like chilling with a cool breeze blowing on a warm summer day.
Peaceful Music ! WOW !
I first stumbled across Jazz music and Najee when I was 13 years old. my older brother bought a whole bunch of CDs home from the military and I was just going through his things and came across day by day and Tokyo blue and it blew me a way I was mesmerized and ever since then I have been the biggest Najee fan out there
My man is on point
Very Very Good
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