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Najee - The Best Of

Thursday, July 2, 2009 ·


Real Name: Jerome Najee Rasheed
Profile: Born 4th November 1957 in Jamaica, Queens, NYC where he still resides. Smooth Jazz artist, plays saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor), clarinet, flute and keyboards. As well as releasing a number of solo albums he has performed with other artists including Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.Also featured as himself in the horror film 'Def by Temptation' which starred Samuel L. Jackson.Brother of guitarist and producer Fareed Abdul Haqq who has featured on much of his work.

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. Similiar 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. On stage, Najee takes some risks and stretches out more -- in fact, he has been quoted as saying he'd like to record a straight-ahead jazz or hard bop album eventually. But financially, Najee has had little incentive to pursue such a project. Morning Tenderness was released in 1998

Track List

1. For the Love of You
2. Najee's Theme
3. Sweet Love
4. Tokyo Blue
5. Can't Hide Love
6. Niculela es una Historia
7. My Old Friend
8. Day by Day
9. Betcha Don't Know
10. Have You Ever Loved
11. Noah's Ark


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