What They're Saying....
Esteemed contemporary jazz keyboardist Cal Harris Jr. definitely brings the “smooth” and the “sexy” back to Smooth Jazz with his outstanding sophomore release, SHELTER ISLAND. Mr. Harris has concocted a luscious concept album that will whisk you away to exotic, mysterious places where you can reconnect with your higher self and feel truly stress-free. He’s gathered top-shelf talent to support his beautiful playing, too. Sax work from Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman, and talented newcomer Keith McKelley, together with Ricky Lawson (Yellowjackets) on drums and up-and-coming indie guitarist Joel del Rosario, add immeasurably to the lovely patina of the ten original tracks, including the radio hits “Smooth” and “By the Bay.” I must tell you - this is one of the most beautifully assembled and performed keyboard-driven albums I’ve heard so far this year… one that any Smooth Jazz aficionado would be delighted to include in their collection. That means you! ~Scott O'Brien, Smoothjazz.com
"With a lot of romance and seduction oozing from this set, it’s hard not to be taken by this project. With this album, and in the right setting, you could just lose yourself in the moment with that special someone".
- Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
Cal Harris, Jr. is gifted with the knack for leaving his audience feeling refreshed, and soothed after listening to his tunes. His latest creation, "Smooth" featuring the incredible sax work of Elan Trotman, follows suit, if it has not raised the bar. Smooth is as good as it gets. With its pounding, rhythmic beats, Smooth is sultry, sexy, and a wonderful masterpiece. - Cres O'Neal, Jazzin 'Em Up
..Shelter Island has a groove and a melody that I can relax to". - Talking Smooth Jazz
“Light and airy, heavy and soulful, rich and full. It’s all here. Pianist/keyboardist Cal Harris Jr. is a delightful breath of fresh air…” Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
“… his debut release full of charismatic charm, snug fitting soul and contemporary feels, and expertly phrased melodies in this gem entitled Inside Out.” - Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
“She Loves the Water (is) easily one of the finest contemporary efforts we've come across in years… a slice of pure unadulterated groove heaven.” Ted Hasiuk, Café Jazz
“…this fine collection of all original music has the red thread of quality running right through it.” - Dennis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy
“Cal’s (Harris Jr.) contemporary compositions offer smooth and insatiable melodies that sweep across the palates of his listeners …Cres O’Neal of Jazzin Em Up