New York morning radio personality and bassist Jeff Foxx releases his debut CD Sunset Drive. Playing with such noted artists as Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes and Roy Ayers, Foxx has patterned his R&B/jazz styling after Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire.
"Any Way Up" is a chance for the keyboards of Damon Upshaw to shine through. Foxx’s bass stylings come through on "Sunset Drive" and saxophonist Rodney Goff is on this up tempo drive as well. Goff changes on this are excellent. Vocally, the album is held together by two vocalists, Corey Fillmore and Mitch Matlock. On "If You Look Into Your Heart," Fillmore is superb. Fillmore’s vocals are smooth.
When releasing a solo album, you need to surround yourself with players that will not only keep up with you, but deliver the message you want to achieve. Sunset Drive has both of these. Drummer Kevin Bennett holds everything together, especially on "Any Way Up." It does not hurt as well to be surrounded by people who have had success in the song writing and production business. Jeff Foxx collaborates with Bernard Belle, who has over seen hits for Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. The last track, "If You Look Into Your Heart," is an instrumental of the previously named version. This track could possible be the outstanding track on the whole album.
Jeff Foxx and Sunset Drive is a superb debut album. From "Any Way Up" to "If You Look Into Your Heart" (both), Foxx has assembled not only a wonderful cast of players, but also a wonderful cast of songs.