This CD reflects more on the individual's personalities than the music. The music in itself is extraordinary-but Harold Warren and Willie Pryor, two rare individuals indeed, are both seriously innovative and creative in their approach to urban and smooth jazz. Their mutual affection for smooth reflective sounds grounded in rhythmic surroundings has produced quality music for attentive listeners. While both are living in Austin where live music is better than most cities in the United States, their roots were formed at universities located in Louisiana and Texas (Texas Southern and Southern University). Both received bachelor degrees. More on that later, ...but back to the music. Although Austin has many genres where you can listen to rock, blues, hip-hop, standard jazz and R&B, it has yet to touch that silky and sweet sound of hip smooth jazz that has fascinated other parts of the country. While the city brings in high profile smooth jazz artist for shows, it has yet to demonstrate that smooth jazz listeners in Austin are getting their due. (props) Willie Pryor is a product of Austin, where he has played with several local bands. He became an aspiring saxophonist at L. C. Anderson High under Alvin Patterson, the band director. He later attended Texas Southern University (TSU) where he played with the jazz, concert, and marching bands (The Ocean Of Soul). Pryor graduated from Texas State University with a BFA. He has also worked in architectural design at several firms in Austin. Two years ago, Willie started Renegade Records where he produced the rap group Texas Legacy and their first CD. It was in this endeavor that he realized the need to produce his own jazz CD. Pryor plays sax with an intensity and unique quality that will make music romantics and lovers yearning for more. The sax screams, then caress and sympathizes with you on "Sweet Sherry". On "Say Yes", he takes you to dizzying heights while letting out a constant stream of wild runs playing on ones sensitivities. He simultaneously argues and agrees with you. How could this be? If it is a truth that one's music playing reflects all of their life's events, then Pryor's life is a world of ambivalence and paradoxes. I am just saying! Clearly, he is aware of mutually exclusive events. However, his sax play is a descriptive dialogue between lovers in a relationship. The horn knows! Harold Warren is somewhat an enigma in his latest pursuits in life. Warren attended Southern University, in Baton Rouge (SU) and marched with the "Marching 150" for two years. As most of you historical black college followers might know, SU and TSU were rivals on the football field and the half-time shows. During his teenage years Warren played trumpet with several groups in Louisiana including "The Soul Lads," "Sonny Boy Holden," and "Tommy McClaine." Later, after a move to Denver, he played with "A Honk Of Funk" and "Eastside Movement." Now, here is where it gets weird. Warren spent 27 years in federal law enforcement. Feature that as a backdrop for the creativeness found in his playing style. "Life is like a box of chocolate" isn't it? He began piano lessons during his lunch hour, a year prior to his retirement from the government. By design, complexity is not what Warren brings to the table on this CD. It's the mellow chords and melodic solos in the mix that refreshes the soul. The piano solo work on "Obama Kool" introduces you to his specific style of play. The synth (synthesizer) voice sounds on the piece could make you believe it was the harmony of a male quartet. On "Game," the synth solo reminds you of jazz fusion guitar riffs played in the 1970's. Warren and Pryor are on a mission to produce Austin's own smooth/urban jazz sound. Why not "Smoothurban" jazz? That's the ticket! "Game" is the first salvo into a wasteland in need of music salvation. With instruments on this CD played by Warren and Pryor, they deliver the good news. Sit back with a glass of "Sweet Sherry" and enjoy a smooth ride. Did I mention that the CD is great listening music for all occasions, especially for those rides home in traffic or cruising along the coast. Oh yeah, it's also great for "The Club" crowd, too. Furthermore, Renegade Records recording studio has a distinct and unique sound to make this a successful debut album. I know you're gonna like it... Dr. Eloise Johnson.