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Tony Exum, Jr. / Press

“The Tony Exumrelease, Exum’s sophomore effort, is called The One and contains much of the vibe and groove that brought his fans to his side in the first place: A combination of danceable jams, sensuously slow and appealing R&Bish seduction, and an even punchier delivery on some tracks, if you can imagine that.”

“If the '80s crossover indulgences of Kenny G helped give smooth jazz a bad name, Tony Exum Jr.'s music serves as an overdue opportunity for redemption. A devotee of artists like Grover Washington and Dexter Gordon, the Springs' premier saxophonist is slowly and steadily gathering attention in the outside world”

“Walk with us as we re-introduce Colorado Springs native, Urban Jazz saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. The kid with the spunk to give you the funk. The dude with the flair to drift each and everyone of you into the air. The cat with the saxophone tracks. The fellow who seemingly have made just about every female at a live concert say 'HELLO' when he drops heartfelt melodies and intoxicating harmonies through the reed. Mr. Exum's sophomore effort, "THE ONE", released last year in 2012, is now picking up major traction all over the 'net and radio airwaves. You may hear a nice new single from the disc coming to your dial real soon. The T.U.M.S. players, however, would personally like for you to listen to one of his more passionate compositions from the album entitled, "Your Eyes, Your Lips, Your Smile.", produced by bassist Julian Vaughn, another guy on the cusp of major stardom. Courtesy of ReverbNation.”

“every track on The One exceeds expectations and is sure to please all of his fans. It screams with a sense of purpose and intensity and will instantly grab new listeners.”

“Granted, smooth jazz is not exactly a staple of your friendly neighborhood Reverb column. But when it comes to top-flight Colorado Springs jazz musician Tony Exum Jr., even our most hard-edged punk, metal and hip-hop friends would have to acknowledge that the man is a consummate musician. And for those who retain a soft spot for fusion-era Grover Washington Jr. and Ronnie Laws recordings, a new album from the local saxman is surely an event worth celebrating. Which is just what will happen this Friday at Stargazers, where Exum and company will celebrate the release of The One. Co-produced by Exum and Opie Gone Bad drummer Tarell Martin, the new album also features guitarist Tim Bowman and saxophonist Marcus Anderson performing a set of the saxophonist's seductively soulful originals. There's also a mellifluous cover of New Edition's late-'80s ballad "Can You Stand the Rain," featuring Terrill Paul (aka Rellion), who sang backup vocals, appropriately enough, on Bobby Brown's new album”

“She was accompanied by a flavorful sax player Thomas Tony Exum Jr. who played each note like his rent was due.”

“Tony Exum, Jr. delivers a strong, R&B-heavy debut, and as far as smooth jazz saxes go, this is an album that is relaxing and, at the same time, intricate enough to make you rewind and listen twice.”

“It's not often that you experience such a tranquil seductive sound that offers originality with a touch of similarity. I stated assimilation because Tony has managed to combine the familiar sounds of George Howard, break it down, and create a mind blowing masterpiece that combines the style of a legend with the new artisty of saxful blist. The song entitled "Don't Worry Bout a Thang" is beyond stimulating. Every warm blooded woman can retreat with confidence in this sultry song. Every song on this cd is absolutely perfect. The reason for the title of my review "Assimilation to Perfection"; The cd keeps the ground roots of smooth jazz but adds originality with soulful sounds of perfection. How beautiful is this. A Masterpiece! ”

“Refreshingly funky yet measured and controlled in that soulful and driven kind of way that is so reflective of much of today’s–and even a lot of yesterday’s–smooth jazz, saxman Tony Exum Jr. steps forward to toss in his own pizzazz in the form of a quality debut production entitled Finally (a very telling title indeed). While compared in some ways to the late great Grover Washington, the late great George Howard, and the young, gifted Jackiem Joyner, the artist certainly carries enough firepower to ignite his own identity with no problem whatsoever.”

“Tony Exum Jr. is our featured artist for August. Eclectic, fantastic & electric (i.e. diverse, amazing, & hot) Love 'Give It To Me'. Tony also has an artist page with us in addition to being a part of our Smooth Playlist! Listen here at www.ussmoothjazz.com”

“The debut CD of Saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. FINALLY is a disc that encompasses all elements one would expect from the sax man, combining a bit of funk with plenty of contemporary jazz. Hints of Exum’s influences (David Sanborn and the late George Howard and Grover Washington, Jr.) are heard throughout the recording. FINALLY is a compilation showcasing an urban jazz feel that is strongly influenced by R & B and hip-hop that in many ways seems reflective of Exum’s personal journey to this point and appears to come from his heart and soul. The record is thematic and consistent throughout and brings a different kind of energy from that of many c-jazz discs of today. FINALLY contains soulful sax melodies and hard drum and bass grooves that give the disc its definite and unique urban jazz feel.Noteworthy cuts include: Sweet Conversations, an upbeat classicc-jazz cut; the disc’s first single, “4 on the Floor,” that will put a groovein your step and Music in Me a thoughtful and insight”

Elaine K. Miller - Urban Jazz News Finally CD Review

“Comparisons to Grover Washington, Jr., George Howard, David Sanborn can’t be helped and show up in mentions of Exum everywhere you look online, but I’ll also add my own as well. If you like the heavier funky side of jazz, you know, not just the high soaring soft melodic sax overlays you get with alot of straight tenor-sax type jazz, think of more funkiness ala the Yellow Jackets, or maybe up-tempo Spyro Gyra songs like Heliopolis or Jubilee but with some monster bass and drums underneath. Or if you’re old enough, maybe think Tom Scott and the L.A. Express.”

“Exum's clips on YouTube showcase shamelessly passionate solos and soulful jams with his bandmates”