The Creator is the motivating force behind this New York City reared tenor saxophonist’s musical aspirations. Ultimately, Tyrone Birkett’s upbeat mode of operations proclaims inspiration from many of the jazz world’s great saxophonists amid his spiritual proclivities. Here the artist sends a heartening perspective spanning soul, funk and jazz. And for those who require comparisons, Birkett’s craft might be nestled somewhere between the stylizations of Grover Washington Jr. and Lou Donaldson.
The leader’s wife Paula Ralph-Birkett instills a 70s or 80s pop-soul vibe into these buoyant tunes, sparked with her hubby’s groove-based excursions. With tight arrangements and snappy metrics, the saxophonist’s lyrically invigorating lines morph a retro feel with a contempo uplift. Topped off with electric keys and Wille Brown’s scorching electric guitar licks on the jazz-fusion number titled "Awesome God," a good portion of these works reside within gospel tinged, jazz-funk motifs.
The piece titled "In The Fullness Of Time," could be a distant relative of Ramsey Lewis’ pop-jazz hit "Sun Goddess" due to Ms Birkett’s breezy, wordless choruses and the ensemble’s blithely pulsating gait. Other than a few nondescript compositions and Ms Birkett’s strenuously enacted vocals on various works, Birkett’s debut solo effort transmits a sanguine state-of-being. To that end, his positive energies are jubilantly communicated through the healing forces of music.