Tuesday, November 13, 2012
First Impressions: Saunders Sermons 'Stops The Rain'
Somehow I slipped in keeping up with Saunders Sermons. Shame on me.
I pretty much devoured Classic Delight, his 2009 debut EP --- and come to think of it --- it was around this time three years ago that I did. So memories of snuggling up in holiday fodder to the excellent "Don't You Understand" (my favorite) and his version of "In A Sentimental Mood" are rekindled, as Sermons is on the return just in time to close out the year.
He released a wicked duet with Yahzarah called "Still Got A Hold On Me" about two years ago (like I said, slipping...) and from first listen to it, I should have known that Sermons wasn't going to be doing the same magic tricks for his follow-up releases. As tracks on Classic Delight were an exercise in Jazz appreciation, the Miami-bred trombonist experiments with what's in the now as his new number, "Stop The Rain" features sizzling, club ready synths that swirl in a mix of punchy brass. Though his jazzercises are slight in this, don't get too alarmed by the heavy R&B artillery, as Sermons' warm vocals glide on through this catchy number making it a comfort of a listen. Pegged for his sophomore set, Just What She Needs (out this week), "Stop The Rain" is just another fine example of Sermons' talents, and his evolution as an artist.