A sensual storm of Summer Rain arrived on Tuesday (April 2nd). The warm collection of urban-drenched instrumentals written and produced by saxophonist Jeanette Harris is a soulful mix of sultry sax and radiant R&B rhythms. She dedicates Summer Rain to her mentor, the late soul queen TeenaMarie with whom Harris toured during the last year of the singer’s life.
The first single currently garnering radio spins, Just Keep Holding On, opens the aural odyssey with a mid-tempo R&B joint with Darrell Crooks’ funky guitar riffs serving as an ideal counterpoint to Harris’ amorous alto sax. The beats get funkier and the melody gets bigger on the anything but idle Passing Time. Take Me There is a sultry mood-setter that ebbs and flows. Crooks erupts mid-tune with a potent electric guitar solo to which Harris’ alto sax response is an unadulterated climax. Appearing on the disc in both instrumental and vocal (featuring singer Joel Bowers) versions, the title track is an urban-drenched field of shuffling percussion onto which Harris pours a cascading deluge of sax melody. The danceable beat gets spicy on Muy Caliente, a noteworthy one-woman show. The Ride traverses a frenetic trance-like track energized by Harris’ horn and cool-toned electric guitar deftly deployed by Crooks. Slow, sensual and seductive, Chillin’ is perfect for a night of candles and incense. Harris embraces the modern romantic standard Here & Now, the album’s lone cover tune. A dose of R&B-pop goes down Oh So Good with Harris’ lilting sax leading the mellifluous fun. She teams with saxman Marcus Anderson to animate 12:57. You know exactly what ingredients Harris serves on the custom-brewed blend of jazz and delicious she titles, Ja’licious.” Bowers testifies on the inspirational Thankful, a gratifying slice of gospel jazz graced with gorgeous keyboard artistry from Harris, who affirms the message with her alto sax.
Harris shines brightly on Summer Rain, her fourth album that showcases her songwriting finesse and sweet saxophone skills on the 12 instrumental R&B grooves. She penned or collaborated on 11 new songs for the disc and played alto sax, flute, keyboards and drum programming. Her sunny soul-kissed sax melodies emoted passionately from her horn forecast brighter days on the horizon while her Quiet Storm ballads cuddle, caress and comfort