Artist Watch: Saunders Sermons Is A 'Classic Delight'

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sophistication. Saunders Sermons possesses this trait and it shows through on his musical offerings. The Soul Bounce crew is already smitten with the sounds of Sermons, and now the Audio Diva is cosigning, purple glitter pen in hand with this New York vocalist and trombonist and what he is serving the music community.

Sermons name, or possibly his trombone sounds may be familiar to Maxwell fans as he currently toured with the soul man this year during his Blacksummersnight show. Yet, Sermons shines on his own accord, as his 2009 debut EP, Classic Delight, is well...a classic deeee-light. Sermons takes what made 1940's and 1950's jazz so timeless, gives it a little modern twist, and manages to make it sound almost as if he created the style himself. His take on Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right" is just as cheery for the 2000's, as Duke Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" is elegantly executed and is one of the best covers I've heard in a long while. Sermons also serves up his own original cuts which can be classics in the making. Such as the wonderfully textured"Don't You Understand", which opening tumble of piano grabbed my ears and never let go. The only disappointment Classic Delight brings is that it only contains seven songs. One listen and you want more and since there is no more (only seven tracks), it's almost criminal. For skeptics, be sure to note that Sermons' sound is likened to a refreshing ice-cold tall glass of water and upon first listen you'll finally realized how parched you were for a sound like this.

Don't You Understand
In A Sentimental Mood


  1. I heard his album this past summer, and saw him perform...He's so great!


  2. i heart this guy. i listened to tracks on his myspace page and he's given me a newfound love for jazz music


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