Hot on the heels of his 2008 sophomore release, Lil’ Man Soul, which spawned two #1 singles, Soul Jazz Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is back and ready for his close-up. It’s already been a whirlwind year for this multidimensional sax player. Dramatic events offstage have inspired his work in the spotlight, while his passion for movies has influenced the songs, sounds and textures used in the creation of his third album, a self-titled disc. Jackiem Joyner dropped on August 3rd on Artistry Music.
Much like a silent film, Jackiem Joyner tells a story without words, with an instrumental voice that for the first time in the artist’s recording career includes a tenor sax in addition to his trademark alto and soprano horns. He also plays most of the other instruments on the album. As on his previous releases—Lil’ Man Soul and Babysoul—Joyner wrote, produced, recorded and mixed the record aside from a few select cover tunes.
As an artist Joyner is truly maturing, yet he continues to exude a youthful enthusiasm. Hitting his stride, he is bolstered by the confidence to take risks and push the envelope creatively. He’s hungry yet his humility is admirable. Although he’s topped the charts, he’s equally comfortable as a sideman for top acts such as Peter White, Joe Sample, Gerald Albright and Keiko Matsui as when he’s commanding the stage solo. However it’s becoming more clear that his days in supporting roles are fleeting fast in favor of his rightful position at center stage. Versatile and blessed with a visceral gift, Joyner is a rising star that has yet to reach its zenith.
Jackiem’s last project, Lil’ Man Soul topped the smooth jazz radio charts for an incredible 12 weeks. The lead single “I’m Waiting For You” was the longest-running #1 single in 2009 and is up for Song of the Year at the inaugural American Smooth Jazz Awards this year. In 2010 the album’s “Take Me There” climbed to the summit position and setup camp.