Eric Darius blurs the lines between Jazz, R’n’B and Hip Hop in his incredible new album titled “Unleashed”

A journey we’ve never experienced before, Eric Darius has created magic with his brand new album, titled “Unleashed”. This is the release of his second independent album, after “Breakin’ Thru”.

Eric Darius is a saxophonist, songwriter, producer and performer, originally from Livingston, New Jersey, but raised in Tampa, Florida; his childhood was surrounded by music and he came to be influenced by Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, George Benson, David Sanborn, Miles Davis, Bob Marley and Grover Washington Jr., among whom many others. At the age of 17, he released his first album “Cruisin'”, laying the groundwork for his next seven albums. His music career so far has earned him numerous jazz awards, as well as Billboard Jazz chart numbers, including two number one hits on the Smooth Jazz Airplay. This new album he just released, “Unleashed”, showcases his versatility, musical ability and conceptual reality, bringing it all together and making one passionate LP.

Produced by Philip Lassiter and featuring collaborations from the producer himself, Justin Lee Schultz, Eric Robinson, Josje, MonoNeon, Erick Walls, Metropole Orkest, Rebecca Jade and Paul Jackson, Jr., “Unleashed” truly blurs the lines between the different different genres, blending it around Eric Darius’ signature jazz sound. The entire album was recorded live in the studio, with the full band simultaneously capturing an organic, authentic sound and the synergies and energies of the musicians, on location, in the studio, all at the same time.

Speaking about the album, Eric Darius said, “I wanted to get out of my comfort zone on this project and really unleash my full musical potential. This album is an honest reflection of myself and my musical and personal growth over the past few years and it truly takes listeners on a musical journey from start to finish!

Stream Eric Darius’ “Unleashed” on Spotify here:

This album does not hold back, Eric Darius explodes us with music from the start of the first track – which is also the title track. Collaborating with Philip Lassiter on this one, there’s no denying that this is a jazz album, but not the kind of collection of tracks you’ll never hear before, and that first track really sets the tone. . Upbeat, groovy, yet mellow are the vibes listeners get from “Unleashed” the track, and those energies carry over to the rest of the album.

Rolling down the mellow disco sound, “Rollin’ Out” is impossible not to move, with the saxophone really playing a major part in that. “Swerve On” sets the tone, giving off smooth, relaxing vibes, while the fourth track really makes us feel like we’re in the cinema watching a movie, “About Last Night” takes us on quite a journey. “That’s My Jam” is the fifth track and it’s a collaboration with Justin Lee Schultz that transforms R’n’B into a jazz mix; it’s undeniably catchy with soulful saxophone tones mixed with incredible chords and backing harmonies. “Grateful” follows next and is the first vocal introduction, coming from Eric Roberson, whose voice is full of deep soul that blends beautifully with soulful jazz.

Track seven, “Let’s Get It Poppin'” turns this whole album upside down, filtering hip-hop that doesn’t seem to work with jazz, but if anyone can make it work, it’s Eric Darius, and he’s out. amazing, with Josje impressive with vocals and chorus – this song is a work of art and a half! “African Pride” continues to show the versatility and experimentalism of Eric Darius. “Love Not War,” which is a collaboration with MonoNeon and Erick Walls, is equally experimental, with electric guitar and drums creating a sensational jazz-infused sound. The tenth track, “Say That You Love Me”, sees Eric Darius collaborating with Metropole Orkest and Rebecca Jade, completely slows everything down and strips it down right away, giving us a commercial pop ballad number with a prominent saxophone and jazzy chords. soft. “Summer Feelin'” is the final track on the album, it’s a collaboration with Paul Jackson, Jr., and Eric Darius is determined to make sure we don’t forget it, or the album after it- ci, as he packs a punch infusing a bit of soulful dance into his signature jazz sound, ensuring the beat and rhythm will stick in our heads for the rest of the day.

Watch the video performance of “Rollin’ Out” live in Clearwater, Florida here:

Eric Darius’ “Unleashed” is available to download and stream on all platforms through his independent label SagiDarius Music.

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