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Keyan Williams / Press

“New York saxophonist Keyan Williams says he’s influenced by Grover Washington Jr. and you’ll agree that Williams learned much from the late legend after hearing It’s All About You, his second CD and follow-up to The Art of Living. It’s a top-notch CD with plenty of entry points—smooth, urban, sexy, upbeat, dance hall. The bouncy “Blazin’” and “Midnight Blue” are both supremely in the pocket with juicy, dancing backbeats underlying Williams’ relaxed sax playing. With “Bounce With It”, however, Williams displays his sax range as he solos over some very fat and sexy rhythms. On “Indigenous Heat,” Williams also proves his prowess on the horn through a mid-tempo tune with a definite jazz flair and an extra-funky organ solo. “Sax 5th Avenue” is the definition of sultry and his soprano also sounds sweet on “It’s All About You” and “My Lady”, the latter with soulful background vocals and late-night-style piano playing completing the sexy groove.”

Brian Soergel - JazzTimes

“As an independent recording artist, Keyan Williams embraces the opportunity to make music on his own terms rather than at the dictation of the commercial marketplace. Following his own muse--and inspired by the thousands of fans he gained from his breakthrough CD The Art Of Living--the New York based saxman on It’s All About You creates a thoughtful, melodic, coolly funky set of tunes that do it all – warm the heart, get the groove on, transcend the usual genre boundaries, and take contemporary jazz in an exciting new direction. To draw from some of his titles, there’s “Blaze” and bounce, blue and heat, and yes, a little bit of the blues and gospel that has also been part of his varied musical life experience. Living up to its title, it’s a true gift for longtime fans and others new to what Williams has to offer.”

Jonathan Widran - Jonathan Widran

“Oh my... Excellent! Keyan has such a CRISP horn. Kind of like Grover Washington, but with his own sound. And for sure, it won't be long before his fans are able to distinguish style. Definitely, one of the best new smooth jazz artists I have heard this year.”

Rachelle Bivens - Abyss Jazz

“The Art of Living" song has excellent bass and the rhythm is very groovy. The drumming is good; it flows along with the song smoothly. The best thing about this track is the saxophone; it’s masterfully played without a flaw and it hooks you up big time. It has a very romantic feel to it and the melody manages to chill you out. I like the way piano is introduced; it really enhances the mood of this track. BRILLIANCE!”

Morris Plains - Morris Plains

“The title track on the new release The Art of Living makes me feel a little homesick. This song reminds me a lot of my time in New York and riding down the Major Deegan Expressway in the back seat as a child. My dad played mostly soft jazz tunes while driving and I got a kick out of watching the buildings go by while listening to the music. The saxophone is obviously the main instrument in this song, and it has a nice presence. It doesn't overpower the rest of the instruments and what was played sounds really nice. Overall, a very cool song. I'm going to call my parents now.”

Jacob Dixon - Pratteln, Switzerland
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