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Dee Lucas

Primary Instrument: Sax, soprano

Dee Lucas

Soprano saxophonist Dee Lucas’s newest CD Something To Ride 2 is a smooth jazz classic in the making. With the breakout hits Bayou and Chameleon leading the way, Something To Ride 2 lends to a perfect musical getaway, with a refreshing selection of songs that are smooth and mellow, yet tinged with an urban, funky flavor. Lucas’ second CD is set for release April 16, 2007, on the independent label Mo Better Recordings.

“I am pleased with ‘Something To Ride 2,’ said Dee. “I wanted a CD that people could groove to and have fun listening to and ‘Something To Ride 2” fits the bill. It’s a departure from what I did on my first CD, ‘Remembrance.’ With this record I wanted to further develop my own distinctive sound as a solo artist. My style, from a horn perspective, is different from that of many traditional smooth jazz artists in terms of timbre and tone. My music tends to speak more than sing with the horn, allowing me to indulge in notes that are more staccato. I like taking off on an uncharted path in music and ‘Something To Ride 2’ is a representation of the journey that I take each time I pick up the sax.”...
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Something To Ride 2 is rich, tasty, classy, and I could just keep adding positives! This truly is a first-rate collection of soprano sax-driven music, and it should indeed be a breakout release for Mr. Lucas. There’s not one throwaway track on this disc, with the hits “Bayou” and the cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” (including a bonus mix) in the forefront. Speaking of covers, Dee’s takes on Kem’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” and Brian McKnight’s “Never Felt This Way” are exceptional. This is just a quality outing from first note to last… smooth and mellow, with an understated urban funk groove as a foundation. I told you that “Remembrance” was a “must have.” Dee Lucas’ new one, SOMETHING TO RIDE 2, is absolutely in the same category, and I expect it to propel him to the forefront of the Smooth Jazz format. You will fall in love with this album!
~Scott O’Brien, Smooth Jazz.com

Something To Ride 2” is a superb example of some of the best urban smooth jazz you will hear all year. “Something To Ride 2” is a real delight and without doubt will find its way into the Smooth Jazz Therapy top twenty of 2007. ~Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy.com

I'm listening to “Human Nature,” and I love it when a musician takes a track and makes it their own. I don't like note-for-note cover songs . . . job well done. Now I'm on “Chameleon” and I'm sold. ~Earl aka DJ Jazzy L, Jazz Lounge.com

Lucas’ bonus remix of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon” sways just about right with its handclaps and spacey keys, while the chillout vibe of “Into the Night” does right by spotlighting Karey Davis’ jazz piano and Joel Powell’s bass solos. ~Brian Soergel, Jazz Times

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