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FUNKEE BOY - Philosoulphy

Smooth Jazz is in a slump. That is hard for me to say because I've listened to it for nearly 30 years.
I've heard music recently from the mainstream smooth jazz artists and they just don't make the grade. I feel a lack of creativity and positive vibe is the problem. Well, that outlook just changed!!!

Funkee Boy has just released his new CD "Philosoulphy" and it breathes life back into the dying body of smooth jazz! I had the honor to meet this talented artist and I know why "Philosoulphy" is an outstanding CD. You see, Funkee Boy lives by the creed "Love, Positivity & Soul" and you can hear & feel it in his music. The one great thing I've noticed is he never vears from his roots. In this day and age when alot of artists reinvent themselves and lose touch where they came from musically, Funkee Boy stays the course! And the other cool thing, he brings along other artists who share in his music vision. Vincent Ingala, Elan Trotman, Leila, Ru Willams, Robert Harris, LG McKenzie, & Anthony Rivera are just a few of the artists named on the CD.

So if you want a CD filled with music that defines what smooth jazz should be, this is it! Funkee Boy will not disappoint you. After all, it's his "Philosoulphy"!
~ DJ TYCE (Host, Smooth Jazz Therapy)

It’s really rare to find what’s written on the package is actually in the package. In the case of Bobbi “Funkee Boy” Tammaro’s sophomore release, PHILOSOULPHY, it’s a perfect match! Already the #1 best selling Smooth Jazz album in the world (CDBaby), it features some of the hottest, nu jazz star guests like Elan Trotman, Vincent Ingala, Leila, and Robert Harris. This glossy project mixes old school with new school and all classes in between, equally combining shades of Funk, R&B and Soul. Funkee Boy is without a doubt, one of Gods ‘Super Talents’! The stylish producer, arranger, songwriter and instrumentalist, is at great ease in all of the above roles. His PHILOSOULPHY is an uplifting thirteen tracker… favorites include the creative title track, as well as ”Bliss” with afore-mentioned guitarist Robert Harris and the cleverly re-worked “On Top,” an homage to Tower of Power with vocalist RU Williams. If your philosophy is to feel good, then PHILOSOULPHY is the way!

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A truly eclectic CD showing off all manner of smooth jazz tastes, rhythms, vibes, and styles, Philosoulphy, the sophomore release from the talented producer/keyboardist Funkee Boy encompasses much to enjoy.

Funkee Boy has enjoyed comfortable chart standings and success with such hits as “Bliss” by guitarist Robert Harris, “Listen Don’t Listen” from sexy vocalist Leila, as well as “Sexy Saxophone” with Leila and Eric Darius, and “Table for Two” by Marty Q. His debut release, Rise found a few tracks like “Body Music,” Soul Dance,” and “When You’re Mad” hitting the charts, as well. So, the artist is no stranger to producing hit material.

This particular album hints of an interesting mix of some of the instrumental tracks of the U.K. acid jazz icons Shakatak, today’s typical movin’, groovin’ contemporary jazz, the old school soul funk years (check out the jammin’ cover of L.T.D.’s “Back in Love Again”), some sweet, mellow soul vibes, some neo-soul, and even sports an all-out rousing tribute to the ‘70s iconic horn-heavy R&B band Tower of Power. All of this and strings, too! How’s that for diversity??

With guest appearances from saxmen Elan Trotman (“Just Because”) and the young Vincent Ingala (“When We Groove,” “Into You”), and vocalists L.G. McKenzie (“Back in Love Again”), Leila (“When We Groove”), Anthony Rivera (“Anatomy”) and Ru Williams (“On TOP”), Philosoulphy brings every type of groove mood together under this one broad umbrella for a soul-reaching experience.

While Funkee Boy has enjoyed writing and production success, his sense that he has as much to offer as an outright performing artist is dead on (his keys skills are quite noteworthy, by the way), as he demonstrates here. This is much promise here. Such promise will only keep one coming back for more. ~ Ronald Jackson THE SMOOTH JAZZ RIDE


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