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Edgy R&B/Smooth Jazz Music Producer/Composer Spud Too Tight is also prolific and gifted on keyboards, guitar/bass, drum programming, engineering and is an avid Logic Pro 8 and MacBook Pro user. He has been in the game for nearly 20 years composing and producing that 'It Factor" music for indie artists, released Pop/R&B music on iTunes, Smooth Jazz Music PSA's for some of Hollywood's Icons tracks for radio and television commercials, Smooth Jazz FM, the award winning Solid Gold Soul formerly on ABC radio and theme music for a national docudrama with a member from the Sounds of Blackness. His latest smooth jazz composition Spud's New Zone" is the feature song played on his website and an appetizer for his winter/spring CD release. Spud Too Tight is one of the Go To" music producers for that edgy defined sound, and unequivocally shares his knowledge about Logic Pro 8. He has a four year Publishing/Administration deal with one of the industry's leading companies in North America, Missing Link Music. www.missinglinkmusic.com
This week The Producer's Corner with Spud Too Tight took his hat off" to Billboard's No.1 Smooth Jazz Chart Topping Music Producer/Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner and it was a excellent interview. They discussed music production techniques at its' best and you can hear it/download it on ITunes Podcast by searching The Producer's Corner with Spud Too Tight.About Jackiem Joyner
Back when Jackiem Joyner was gigging on tour with Marcus Johnson and Bobby Lyle from 2001-2004, the two contemporary jazz keyboard greats came up with the perfect nickname for the rising saxman and his ultra-sensual, easy flowing vibe. Ladies and Gentlemen," they'd shout out, give it up for Lil' Man Soul!"--something urban jazz fans have been doing since Joyner broke through to genre stardom with his solo debut album Babysoul in 2007.
At 28, the versatile artist, composer and producer--who was chosen Debut Artist of the Year by industry taste maker Smooth Jazz News--is growing up" fast in the urban jazz world, no longer the new kid in the mix. To his growing legion of fans around the world, however, he's still their Lil' Man Soul. It's the perfect autobiographical title for his highly anticipated Artistry Music debut, a 12-track collection of hip, up-tempo grooving tracks and seductive ballads that musically reflect the dynamic nuances of his whirlwind life over the past two years.
My goal was to create a listening experience that people can identify as my own vibe that's different from any other great CD out there," Joyner says. I really focused on being honest and putting out a sound that's true to who I am, that conveys the vibes I like to write and perform and draws them into the world I've been living in since Babysoul hit the streets. That includes some cool new sounds this time like acoustic bass, violin and acoustic piano. Strong melodies and grooves are important, but those deeper sonic details can make or break a track."
Considering Joyner's wild schedule during that stretch, Lil' Man Soul covers a lot of territory, geographically, artistically and emotionally. Like all emerging artists, Joyner's walked a crazy tightrope balancing his new found career at center stage with his equally busy and diversifying career as a top call sideman. Babysoul entered the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart at #15 and its hit single Stay With Me Tonight," featuring guitarist Peter White stayed on Radio & Records' (R&R) Smooth Jazz chart for 25 weeks, peaking at #13. With his own band, the saxophonist headlined at the Lexus Hyatt Regency Jazz Festival in Newport Beach, Jazz on the Green in Ft. Myers, Florida and the Atlanta Smooth Jazz Festival, and performed all three weekends at the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival. He also played at the Denver Jazz and Blues Festival, which coincided with the Democratic National Convention.
Joyner had to squeeze that busy solo gig schedule between a growing slate of side stints for genre superstars like White, Wayman Tisdale, Joe Sample and Gerald Albright, in addition to his ongoing stint with internationally renowned keyboardist Keiko Matsui. In addition to playing top U.S. spots like Arturo's Place in Miami and Yoshi's in the Bay Area, the saxman has toured with Matsui since early 2007 in The Ukraine, Moscow, Istanbul, Bucharest and cities in her native Japan. On Lil' Man Soul, Joyner turns his reflections on these globetrotting experiences into Round The World," a hypnotic and seductive, easy thumping track that balances old school soul and contemporary R&B elements. He recorded the moody synth bass parts of the romantic cover of singer Mario's hit ballad Let Me Love You" on a gloomy day in the Ukraine.
While Babysoul chronicled the experience of emerging from the sidelines to the forefront," he adds, the music and overall flow on Lil' Man Soul is a musical diary of everything that's happened since then. When you're playing with veterans like Gerald and Keiko, it's hard not to feel challenged and keep growing as a musician. I love being inspired by everyone I work with. Keiko is especially unique because of the space and time she has in her music, and those are elements I find myself incorporating into my own live performances. Because of the way she balances the sounds of the sax and piano, I've also been in tune with musical dynamics, the highs and lows, in ways I hadn't thought of before. Listening to my songs now is almost like watching a movie with all of its emotional ups and downs."
Joyner, who established himself as a top-flight producer on Babysoul, helmed most of the tracks on Lil' Man Soul but called on genre super-producer (and popular artist/composer and guitarist) Paul Brown to produce one of the disc's more playful and sexy cuts, When The Time Is Right"--a tune the saxman says fits into the romantic mindset by being melodic and gentle but then gets more frisky and soulful." Another track Joyner recorded later in the sessions is the funked out J Street," which features one of his most intensely passionate sax performances as he introduces listeners to the urban side of town, my side of town." Other key cuts include I'm Waiting For You," a song whose theme of longing and anticipation comes across via a swirl of dreamy atmospheres, increasingly upbeat grooves and horn textures which build in intensity on the hook; the similarly horn textured slow jam Say I Do;" the soaring, anthemic ballad When We Come Together;" a smoky, laid back look at the Heaven In Her Eyes;" and the supercool Step With Me" which thumps full-throttle into the urban dance phenomenon known as the Steppers' Circuit.