Under normal circumstances, having a "Blue Christmas" is something we try to avoid. But producer Jae London has got us ready to paint the town cobalt now that he's finally released Eclectic Blue (and officially claims his alias of the same name). We've been waiting on this project since he and Chris Turner brought us some "Sunshine" back in February, so this is a welcome surprise. And the list of guest artists alone is enough to convince us that Eclectic Blue was worth the wait.
In addition to Turner, who flawlessly handles lead vocals for most of the album, some other faves like Kenneth Whalum III and Saunders Sermons are featured as well. Not to mention a stellar band of accompanists and savvy background vocalists (including the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni). Describing the project as "one individual who brought his musical vision to life," Eclectic Blue displays a diverse but cohesive sound. Encompassing mellifluous original tunes, covers of modern classics like Luther Vandross' "Give Me The Reason" and Tevin Campbell's "Tomorrow," and even a whimsical nod to Disney's The Little Mermaid ("Please Be Kind and Rewind"), the inventive collection is sure to please any lover of good music.
Groove to the Eclectic Blue album sampler below, then head to iTunes to grab your copy today.