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Lost Soul, Found Smooth Jazz

by The Barry Sea Paradox

A fusion of smooth jazz and soul music.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Honky Tonk (Part II)
Barry Sea Paradox
4:32 album only
2. Harlem Nocturne
Barry Sea Paradox
4:15 album only
3. Black Velvet
Barry Sea Paradox
4:44 album only
4. Maputo
Barry Sea Paradox
4:58 album only
5. Makin' Whoopee
Barry Sea Paradox
4:20 album only
6. Europa
Barry Sea Paradox
4:31 album only
7. Georgia On My Mind
Barry Sea Paradox
4:57 album only
8. Soul Serenade
Barry Sea Paradox
4:19 album only
9. Bring Us Together
Barry Sea Paradox
3:34 album only
10. What A Wonderful world
Barry Sea Paradox
4:22 album only
11. Hava Nagila
Barry Sea Paradox
4:44 album only


Album Notes
New musical talent washes onto Houston shores.
And they’re making a big splash with appearances
on TV, Radio and Top Clubs…

Houston, Texas…Soulful new sounds don’t wash onto Houston’s shores just every day.
Find out why The Barry Sea Paradox is being called “mesmerizing, fresh…music to drop your drawers by,” by catching one of their shows or reviewing their material at www.barrysea.com

Barry and Bobbie Sea walked away from promising musical careers in New York City to raise their children in the more family friendly environment of Houston, both enjoying successful professional careers. But, their love of music never died. And with the emergence of smooth jazz, they too resurfaced, with a new smooth jazz group called, The Barry Sea Paradox.

Why a paradox? Ask Barry Sea and he explains that a paradox is defined as "a statement or proposition that seems contradictory or absurd, but in reality expresses a possible truth." In his case he jests, “what could seem more absurd than an advertising executive and his wife making a whole new form of beautiful smooth jazz music together after their musical careers were literally lost at sea for decades?”

A paradox, perhaps, but the fact is The Barry Sea Paradox can rock the dock. Their first CD has just been released and individual selections including Harlem Nocturne, Honky Tonk, Soul Serenade and Black Velvet are getting rave reviews and air play on jazz stations in 70+
markets, including Atlanta, Detroit, Baton Rouge, Memphis, Dallas and Houston. And while the CD falls within the format of smooth jazz, it offers a bit more funk and sensuality, due in part to Barry’s early influence by tenor sax greats like King Curtis, Junior Walker, Clifford Scott and Grady Gaines, as well as a real desire to mix it up a bit. Something old with something new.
It’s a paradox, remember?

The group’s drummer, Barry’s wife, Bobbie, readily admits her groove was inspired by her mentor, legendary drummer, Bernard Purdie. Barry and Bobbie are joined by keyboardist/musical director, Dennis Cotton; vocalist, Yvette Busby; bass player, “Kool Hand” Luke Wayne Richards; and guitarists Andrew Burt, Michael Spencer and Li’l Ricky Morris; all of whom contribute to one sensational new sound.

Here’s what is being said about the group:

“ The song, ‘Harlem Nocturne’ by
The Barry Sea Paradox is delightfully mesmerizing.”

“The Barry Sea Paradox makes music
to drop your drawers by.”

“Love it!!! Love it!!! Love it!!!
That big round tenor sound!!!
Keep honkin’ Barry!!! We need all the sound we
need all the sound we can get!!!”

For further information go to www.barrysea.com



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Scott O'Brien

SmoothJazz.com Review
Paradox: the word can be defined as “a statement or proposition that seems contradictory or absurd, but in reality expresses a possible truth.” Barry and Bobbi Sea both walked away from promising musical careers in New York years ago to raise their family in the suburbs of Houston. After the kids were grown, they revisited their musical passions and formed The Barry Sea Paradox. Which brings us to their debut disc, LOST SOUL FOUND SMOOTH JAZZ, an exciting, soulful romp through the halls of classic sax hits, featuring the likes of “Honky Tonk (Part II),” “Harlem Nocturne” and “Soul Serenade.” This is definitely a fun, party kind of an album, visiting the more sensual, funky, and soulful side of Smooth Jazz, and it works! Credit Barry and Bobbi and their band, all first-class musicians who create an energizing chemistry on both the older pop hits, a brand new Barry Sea-penned song (“Bring Us Together”) and the Smooth Jazz classics as well. Check out their funky take on “Maputo” and their cover of Santana’s “Europa,” with an entrancing beguine tempo and killer guitar solo from Andrew Burt. Then there’s the outstanding vocal work from Yvette Busby, including an eerily haunting version of the Alannah Miles hit, “Black Velvet.” If you’re looking for a festive, fun album of sax-driven and vocal tunes that’ll liven up that summer party or just put you in a good mood, The Barry Sea Paradox’s LOST SOUL FOUND SMOOTH JAZZ is just the ticket!


Georgia on Mind
I love this one especailly the way Barry sings it. I have heard him sing this one live at Capone's.