WINTER WONDERLAND - For solo musicians Darrius Jamar, Jamie WilliamS., and Derrick Harvin, the artistry of smooth jazz is a joy to be shared with others. Brought together through mutual respect for each other’s musicianship and an uninhibited endearment for contemporary jazz, Jamar, WilliamS., and Harvin are now beginning their own journey as an instrumental trio.
Having already established themselves as solo artists, songwriters, and producers in their own respected rights, setting their sights on a collaborative project was as natural and effortless as the smooth jazz rhythms featured on their debut single. With Jamar providing solid and steady bass and drums, WilliamS. giving a velvety sax performance, and Harvin’s provokingly tasteful piano, the trio create an unforgettable introduction for themselves with their original arrangement of the classic holiday favorite, “Winter Wonderland.” Just in time for the holiday season, “Winter Wonderland,” set to release on November 24th, offers a timeless elegance to the age old song, with thoughtful dynamics and modern melodic structure that evoke the warm, glamorous sensibilities of the holidays in New York City.
Less than two weeks before the release date, the trio’s “Winter Wonderland” was no more than an unrealized dream, and today, its seamless and innovative instrumentation is a testimony to the divine formula of the union of Jamar, WilliamS., and Harvin. Just a few moments in the studio together proved to be enough to turn three successful solo artists into a contemporary jazz group, and this lead single serves as their confidant salutation to the jazz community.
As individuals, these salutations have already been made to applause and acclaim. Bassist and drummer Jamar released his self-produced debut smooth jazz EP, Bounce Back in September 2015, which features a rhythmic blend of R&B and jazz, and Saxophonist WilliamS.’ 2005 album, After Hours, gives a glimpse of inventive yet classic saxophone style. Producer and pianist Harvin recently released his debut album, From Here, a step in a creative direction that has transformed Harvin from a producer for the stars into a solo artist himself.
This is just the beginning for the instrumental trio of Jamar, WilliamS., and Harvin, and as they continue to contribute to the rich culture of jazz, their collective expression is sure to become a cornerstone in collaborative jazz music.
- Courtney Caggiano
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