"On Alan King’s ultra melodic, instantly infectious second album Something More he takes the exotica factor to exciting new territory. Venturing on a joyful Latin romp and getting “Lost in Los Cabos” that features Eddie Baccus Jr.’s buoyant flute harmonies, then heading to the Eastern Hemisphere for a light funk meditation and hypnotic koto sounds on “Samurai”. Baccus Jr. also plays a prominent role via his eloquent soprano sax on the mid tempo ballad “What If”. King reflects the light keyboard magic on the elegant and lightly funky title track and the easy grooving meditation “Chills Down My Spine.” In a genre where some artists don’t put much thought into titles, King reflects his playful, whimsical spirit perfectly on tracks like “Swagga”, “Sweet Little Sexy Momma” and the lively, bass heavy closer “Yeah Datz Right.” No longer content to simply “experiment”, King is truly committed to giving his fans Something More!
“King creates music that grooves, is catchy and danceable, and is full of joyful melodies. Following up on his debut CD which was called The Experiment, King’s new CD, Something More features him playing keyboards, percussion and, on “Chills Down My Spine,” the pan flute. He is joined by Eddie Baccus Jr. on alto, soprano, tenor, EWI and flute, drummer Carl Anderson and often guitarist Mike Gamble and bassist Jonathan Smalls Jr. King contributed all ten selections to the likable set. Among the highlights are the interplay between his keyboards and Baccus’ alto on “Samurai”, the energetic “Yeah Datz Right”, Baccus’ fluent soprano on the atmospheric “How’s The Weather On Your Planet?”, the relaxed groove of “Chills Down My Spine”, the Latinish “Lost In Los Cabos” and the playful “What If.” Fans of instrumental music that works well for close listening, dancing and backgrounds for one’s thoughts will enjoy this fine new outing from Alan King.”
author of The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film, The Great Jazz Guitarists and more
““Maybe it’s a sign of the times that a supremely adventurous keyboard-driven recording like Alan King’s needs to be called ‘The Experiment.’ Sure, it takes risks, but that’s what great jazz is supposed to do—surprise us, take us in unexpected directions, engage us with spontaneous bursts of uniqueness that rise above the kinds of stuff we’re used to hearing. King does all this with a gloriously inventive mix of in the melodic pocket smooth urban jazz, retro soul-jazz magnificence (can’t beat that Fender Rhodes) and energizing splashes of Brazilian jazz that showcase his equal passion for all things percussive. Like his chief influences Brian Culbertson and Bob James, he is at once melodic, funky and mainstream, while able to stretch and challenge his listeners eager for something new and fresh.” – Jonathan Widran, Wine and Jazz”