Primary Instrument: Piano
The key attribute of any truly successful artist is the ability to consistently write music of the quality that can shape a career. This doesn’t always come easy but in the case of writer, producer and keyboard player Jonathan Fritzén he makes it appear to be the most natural thing in the world.
His latest album, the delightfully accessible ‘Diamonds’, is a case in point. Released in June 2010, and described as his most personal project yet, he has composed all ten tracks, produced throughout and engaged the services of some really outstanding guest artists. Both Alex Al and Mel Brown contribute on bass while sax duties are shared between Koh (aka Mr. Saxman), the ubiquitous Darren Rahn and rising smooth jazz starlet Jessy J. Indeed her performance on the sultry ‘Fly Away’ is something to savor while a special mention must go to the soul drenched ‘You’ll Be Mine’ where not for the first time vocalist Laila Adéle steals the show. Rahn, who also mixed the album, provides an input to the mid tempo ‘This Way That Way’ which is sure to make it a favorite of the airwaves but that said the first single to be serviced to radio is ‘Dance With Me’. Finding Fritzén at his rhythmic best, the track has powered its way to an extended stay at #1 on the Billboard Charts and in so doing helped ‘Diamonds’ become a #1 smooth jazz best seller on Amazon.com...
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