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Samuel OBie's "Horizons" is uplifting smooth jazz
(Published: July 31, 2017)

Aside from the slick, tasteful lead guitar by Mayhue Bostic, Samuel OBie pulls all the strings on his latest album, Horizons.

Everything here, from the plush caress of his Hammond SK1 organ to his Gospel-bred baritone, comes from him. Or should that be within him as Horizons is an expression of his inner self, '70s-'80s-styled R&B fueled by spiritual passion.

On stressful days, Horizons can really heal. It can be categorized as smooth jazz but soothe jazz is perhaps a more apt description.

"Release Your Bridge" could've blasted from '80s urban radio stations with its soaring keyboards, rhythmic guitars, and energetic drums. One one hand, it can be viewed as nostalgic bliss; on the other, it's just another reminder how fresh and timeless the music from that era sounded. OBie's deep voice has the coolness of summer ice and invigorates just as much. On "Free," OBie offers a slow jam, displaying his versatility. Both his organ and vocals relax the day around you.

An irresistible funk influence leaps from "B Natural," an instrumental that sizzles as an album opener. Horizons is an uplifting, joyous experience.

More Information: http://www.samuelobie.org

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