Sax man Quintin Gerard is a Smooth Jazz star! You can hear it. He’s got
He knows what he’s doing and he totally gets it. Case in point, his debut
FNKYSAX. This is a totally first-rate project, and you’ll be hearing tracks
Smooth Jazz Radio for quite some time to come, no question about it. He
how to compose great tunes as well. In fact, all of the tracks are originals.
especially like “Road Games,” “Smooth Jazz Flavor” and “Now and
sound like big hits to me. By the way, this Louisiana native has amassed
pretty impressive credentials since he majored in Jazz studies at Loyola
Orleans and studied under Ellis Marsalis. He was Jeff Lorber’s sax player
“Worth Waiting For Tour,” he was a member of the San Diego-based
group Under The Lake, he has recorded with the Gap Band’s Charlie
you’ve probably heard his playing on TV commercials for MCI, Levi
Lauder, and Sears Kenmore. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, he’s
right stuff to be huge in the world of Smooth Jazz. Remember the name,
Gerard W. You’ll be hearing a lot more of it in the future! Scott O'Brien
April 07, 2005
Quintin Gerard W - Fonky Or Not?
Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, the page that
British perspective on all that’s good, and not so good, in the world of
and classic soul. This time we look at a new and exciting CD release that
to make saxophonist Quintin Gerard W one of the sensations of 2005.
Fnkysax is, for Gerard, more than an album. It is a new expression of
terminology, an abbreviation of ‘fonkysax’ that carries with it his
line of ‘So you like a little fonk with your Jazz uh? He also provides his own
dictionary definition of the word ‘Fnkysax’ as “the method of playing
characterized by incorporating elements of Funk, R & B, Gospel, Blues
supported by the underlying foundation of the urban culture and
catchy marketing trick but it’s backed up by the substance of his music,
slant that Boney James would be proud of and a sensuality that makes
nod in the direction of Kenny G. The result is a powerful combination that
grabs the listener.
Quintin Gerard W grew up in Norco, Louisiana and attended Destrehan
His early days with the District VI Honor Jazz and Concert Bands of New
found him performing with, now local legend, Harry Connick Jr. When he
awarded a scholarship in music at Loyola University in New Orleans it
opportunity to study under noted jazz master Ellis Marsalis. It was when
relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1989 that he began to meet and
many of the top names in Smooth Jazz.
He has performed live with the likes of Jeff Lorber (on the Worth Waiting
Kenny Garrett, Najee, Dave Koz, Ron Brown, and Hollis Gentry III. Quintin
W.'s other saxophone friends include Jay Beckenstein from Spyro Gyra,
of The Rippingtons and Kirk Whalum. Also, as a member of the San Diego
fusion jazz group Under The Lake, he has opened for Joe Sample at the
Cultural and Performing Arts Center in Hawaii, and Stanley Jordan at the
Blues in Los Angeles, California.
Quintin’s recording credits include work with Charlie Wilson, the late Rick
and a long list of major commercial recording sessions. These include the
theme for B.E.T.'s Comic View plus MCI, Levi Strauss, Estee Lauder, and
Kenmore television commercials.
Now, with his debut CD, Quentin has taken all of those experiences and
and added to them his own undeniable talents as writer performer and
The result is sensational. Right from the first track the album is up and
with ‘Smooth Jazz Flavor’, a sweet smooth urban tune with great sax
compelling catchy vocal hook. It is already lined up for radio exposure and
radio edit is included as a bonus track. With a title like ‘Fnkysax’, fonky
listener is expecting a fair measure of funk and it is first found on the title
that delivers just what its name promises with subliminal urban vocals and
out playing from Gerard. ‘Opportunity’ offers a cool rap introduction over a
underlying beat, excellent sax playing and haunting background vocals.
that, as they say, has got the lot and when Gerard reprises it in radio edit
different but just as good.
‘The Weekend’s Here’, with its very effective use of backing vocals, keeps
urban vibe going but, despite Quintin Gerard W’s obvious flair for the
groove, he is perhaps at his best with smooth sensuous tunes like
late night smooth jazz tune ‘Now and Forever’ and ‘Days We
delightful interplay between sax and keyboards that just longs to be part of
Fnkysax is an album crammed full of stand outs. On ‘Hipnotized’ Gerard
to generate a real Euge Groove feel while ‘Flute Fnk’ is just that, a breezy
flute number played over a beat that simply rolls along. It’s inconceivable
collection of the quality of Fnkysax will not make Quintin Gerard W an
smooth jazz sensation.
Check out more on Quintin via his website at www.quintingerardw.com
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Posted by Denis Poole at April 7, 2005 05:43 PM