Songwriter Tom Graf is not new to the music scene. He has been writing music that turns heads for years, from his early songwriting contracts with Confunkshun, catchy radio and TV commercials, to a Dirty Dancing soundtrack cut (titled Yes).
Though his talents span the range, his first love is jazz. His melodic, upbeat compositions are awash with sensuous overtones. He teams with talented lyricists to add words to strong melodies. In collaboration with jazz veterans, listeners are treated to inventive tracks ranging from latin to straight ahead grooves.
Tom's music stays true to his heart's echoes. Perhaps they are your echoes too.
The melodies and underlying harmonic structure are a focus of this CD. The talented musicians making the music come alive are familiar faces on recordings across the spectrum of jazz, latin, and rhythm and blues. David K. Mathews (currently with Santana) arranged the compositions with help from, and overall production by, Ray Obiedo. This is the way smooth jazz used to sound when played by the likes of Freddy Hubbard, Milt Jackson, and Wes Montgomery. Just sit down and get ready to take a journey through latin, samba, straight-ahead, tango, and blues moods.