For the Family
Joining in great enthusiasm with fans and top musicians throughout the smooth jazz community, Jazziz Magazine proclaimed of Jimmy Reid's 1998 debut that 'the second generation of genre performers is off to a great start.' No less than Dave Koz-one of the young saxophonist's chief influences-says, 'Jimmy is one of those rare talents that's got it all...great interpretation on his instrument, undeniable charisma, and that indefinable star-quality.' In the four years since that stirring introduction, Reid's career has been going non-stop. He has developed a reputation on the Los Angeles club scene as a top performer with his own band, toured and recorded with top stars like Jonathan Butler and Brian Culbertson, performed around the country for America's Second Harvest (the nation's largest domestic hunger relief charity) and this spring and summer has been the featured saxman on The Winans Family Tour nationwide. Forming his own family-run independent label, JKR Records, Reid has kept busy on the solo recording front as well. In December 2000, he released Jimmy Reid Live Volume 1: Live at the Warehouse, an exciting chronicle of his regular Friday night performances with his band recorded earlier that year at the club in Marina Del Rey, California. Titled as a dedication to the endless love and support of his immediate family, For the Family, his latest release, stands primed to further establish Reid as one of the most distinctive and innovative sax voices in smooth jazz. The ten tracks capture his trademark ultra romantic ballad style along with his developing passion for blues and R&B. Why is this new project called For the Family? 'It is by no accident', says Reid. 'With the ups and downs, and the lessons learned over the years, I have come to realize that there is one constant, one glue that holds everything together, and that is FAMILY.' For the Family takes you on a musical journey that lifts you up, comforts the soul, and warms the heart. Just like FAMILY. Jimmy recently completed the coast-to-coast TOGETHER WE STAND: THE WINANS FAMILY REUNION TOUR. 'I was so honored to be part of a tour that is renewing the spirit of the family and the reunion of our country,' Reid said. 'As a musician working on establishing my career, it's so easy to get caught up in the business end of things and all the outside superficial activities,' says Reid. 'I've learned that what's most important is having friends and a family that's always there for you, through all the ups and downs. As an artist, I feel I'm still evolving, and For The Family is a snapshot of where I am today. Forever Loved showed off my hopelessly romantic side, but playing with all these funky musicians has inspired me to dig into the rawness and energy of a more urban style. Even as my sax playing draws upon my top influences like Koz, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright, I'm also inspired on the pop/soul side by artists like Brian McKnight and India Arie. I wrote 'India,' in fact, after listening to her CD, and my song has similar chord progressions and grooves. And I produce very much in a pop vein. So there's a little bit of everything I like-R&B, jazz and romantic pop.' A multi-talented musician and producer, Reid helmed most of the project himself and played the sax and keyboards and programmed the drums throughout. In the Fall of 2001, Reid and his parents put a unique tour together with America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Traveling in a van, the three covered 11,000 miles, hitting 30 cities in 40 days, with Reid doing radio interviews and playing at various public places, including shopping malls. He sold numerous copies of the For The Family CD Sampler, giving 70% of the proceeds to help feed the hungry. On Thanksgiving, in the wake of September 11, Reid also made appearances at the New York City Rescue Mission, America's oldest rescue mission located 10 blocks from Ground Zero, and at the Community Kitchen of West Harlem. 'I felt very honored to be able to play my music, touch so many hearts and raise money to feed so many Americans,' he says. 'I opened the show at the New York City Rescue Mission with 'Amazing Grace' done a capella, and everyone was humming along. I was so moved when these people stood in line to thank me for the music I was playing for them. The experience really changed my life.' Recently, Walter Beasley, Saxophonist, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music said, 'I heard a wonderful song called 'India' on a satellite smooth jazz station. I was amazed at the presentation and the maturity of the saxophonist and decided immediately to purchase the CD from Amazon.com. To my pleasant surprise the entire project For The Family is truly beautiful and speaks to the wonderful musicianship of Jimmy Reid. I loved the project so much that I immediately called and congratulated him on such a wonderful piece. I encourage everyone who loves smooth jazz saxophonists to pick up this work NOW. I believe Jimmy Reid is indeed the future of this genre and feel very blessed to have been introduced to his amazing talent. I was so impressed with the opening track 'India', I have added the song to the smooth jazz curriculum at Berklee College of Music. His tone, a perfect blend of Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright, along with the composition aspect of the album, consistent throughout, put Jimmy Reid into a class of his own.......' On August 23, 2002 - KKSF, MACY'S, GIORGIO ARMANI and JKR RECORDING ARTIST JIMMY REID launched Armani's newest fragrance, MANIA, with a free concert in downtown San Francisco. The free outdoor noontime event in UNION SQUARE PARK which drew over a thousand fans featured the soulful sax sounds of JIMMY REID and his band. On October 5, 2002 - Jimmy Reid and his band rocked the 16th Annual Catalina Jazztrax Festival. On December 18, 2002 - Jimmy Reid and his band rocked the final 94.7 The Wave L.A. Jazz Nights at the Garden of Eden in Hollywood. On April 30, 2003 - Jimmy and his band played to over 2,000 fans in Las Vegas. Erik Foxx, Program Director of The Oasis KOAS, said, 'Jimmy: thanks for coming to Las Vegas and giving us all a treat. Listeners loved you. Great music and entertaining show. Can't wait to have you back.' On August 15, 2003 - Jimmy and his band created musical excitement for fans at the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, CA. On August 24, 2003 - Jimmy and his band brought hundreds of fans to their feet at the 1st Annual Jazz Festival in Gardena, CA. Jimmy was immediately hired for the 2nd Annual Jazz Festival. On September 13, 2003 - Jimmy and his band got thousands of fans rockin' at the Mercedes Benz Wavefest at the UCLA Tennis Center in Westwood, CA. Recently, David Foster picked Jimmy to be his featured sax player on key events such as: the launch of Michael Buble to the executives of Warner Bros. Records, taped appearances with Michael Buble on Extra, E.T. and MTV. Also, David picked Jimmy as the featured sax player with a house band consisting of: Nathan East, Greg Phillinganes, John Robinson and Dean Parks that David called 'the best band in the world' for his TV Pilot. Now, David Foster has selected Jimmy to be the musical director for his latest protégé, Renee Olstead. Renee's record was released on May 25, 2004 and Jimmy rehearsed the band and performed with Renee for the official album debut on the NBC Today Show on May 31, 2004. 'I wrote a short piece in the liner notes for For the Family called 'The Journey,' because through all of these experiences, I have learned first and foremost to simply appreciate the journey of life and music and the little stops along the way,' Reid says. 'I am thankful for all of the wonderful blessings bestowed upon me and for the opportunity to uplift, touch and inspire people with my music.'