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JABARI GROVER: Press

Singer/songwriter Jabari Grover has made a name for himself over the past decade providing vocal support to major artists such as Chaka Khan, Johnny Taylor, Roy Haynes, Vesta and Gerald Levert.  He has also worked as a songwriter for pop/soul boy band Color Me Badd and jazz favorite Walter Beasley.

 

In late 2004, Grover struck out on his own, recording and self-releasing his debut album, When I'm With You.  Boasting a clear, strong voice that falls somewhere between Freddie Jackson and Frank McComb, Grover shows on his debut a penchant for adult-oriented, jazz-influenced soul.  When I'm With You makes for generally good late-night listening, its cozy arrangements giving a nightclub-type feel, especially on cuts such as "I Can't Help It" and the smooth "Seasons" (the latter of which includes a nice sax solo by Michael Burton).  While the mood on the disc doesn't vary much (occasionally making the songs run into each other a bit too much), cuts such as "I'll Be Around" and the title cut are notably well written and performed. The album's gem, however, is the smooth "Pocket Full of Dreams," the strongest cut both musically and lyrically and a song that smooth jazz radio should pick up.

When I'm With You is not a revolutionary disc by any means, but it is an appealing, smooth soul/jazz disc fronted by a young singer with a fine voice - and that's not something you hear everyday.  I'm looking forward to hearing more from Jabari Grover.

by Chris Rizik

JABARI GROVER When I'm With You UK Expansion, 2004 I Can't Help It - Pocket Full Of Dreams - Since You've Been Gone - Seasons - I'll Be Around - I Still Believe In Love - Everything's Gonna Be (Alright) - With All My Heart - When I'm With You - Thank You We are experiencing a serous flurry of essential soul releases this autumn, and part of that soulful deluge is this exceptional set from the highly talented Jabari Grover. Jabari is a new name to me, but I see from the credit notes that he has a writing pedigree already with Walter Beasley and Color Me Badd, and has opened shows for a galaxy of talent who include Chaka Khan, Levert, Vesta Williams and the late, great Johnnie Taylor. So what can you expect from this man? Well, musically I hear the smooth, jazzy soul of Frank McComb's Motown / Columbia years and vocally I hear Frank McComb, Donny Hathaway and in the lower vocal regions even Willie Clayton! If this does not impress, then I suggest you go visit the soul doctor! Descriptions aside, the proof of this tasty pudding is definitely in the eating, and with my limitless appetite for quality music this really did leave me wanting seconds. This is relaxing, warm and perfect for cosying up this time of year. I adore all ten tracks and two especially light my fire, those being "Seasons" and "Everything's Gonna Be (Alright)". This is soul heaven make no mistake. I was as struck with these songs as I was with Byron Woods' "Fly Away", and that is a compliment indeed. The gentle, soaring synth and sax that opens into the masterpiece which is "Seasons" reminds me a little of The Temptations' classic "This Is My Promise" from their 1998 "Phoenix Rising" album. I can sit and listen to this all day, the more I hear it the more the chorus and medley reminds me of Brian McKnight's essential "Stay". "Everything's Gonna Be (Alright)" is a sublime shuffler that is simply perfect for Jabari's smooth, rich vocals. His voice really has an expansiveness that belies his gentleness and this song exemplifies it nicely, aided by soft keyboards and warm synths. Superb is the only word I can use to describe this. A favourite with many Soul connoisseurs already is the opening song, "I Can't Help It", with its chilled muted trumpet, eerie synth and piano. Within 30 seconds you will be in no doubt that greatness and quality are the order of the day. The gorgeous "Pocket Full Of Dreams" does nothing but heap more essential platitudes onto the album. You cannot help but be drawn into the music on the smoothness of Jabari's vocals. Each track draws us in further and by the end (only 10 tracks, folks!) we can do little more than play the album again and again. I really enjoyed the short but sweet "I Still Believe In Love" which is soooo Frank McComb it hurts! Even the odd track that did not hit immediately are now favourites: "When I'm With You" although very gentle and simple has that certain something that I cannot put a finger on it. Needless to say that it is a blinding album and one of the most essential Expansion releases this year. Even my other half, who doesn't mention my music unless she really likes it, thinks that this is a "lovely, lovely album". So there you go! An essential album release, and one that really ought to be in your collection as soon as possible. - Barry Towler - Barry Towler - Soul Express Magazine ()

Cabaret To Benefit At-Risk Youth & Inner City Males

 

"Music and Service: Uplifting the Human Spirit" is the theme for the fall fundraiser of the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. (CCMA). On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., this theme will be put into action during the Soulful Interludes Cabaret hosted by the CCMA at Ivy (Alpha Kappa Omega) Foundation Center, located at 3850 Stone Road in southwest Atlanta.

The cabaret will feature an evening of soul music, live entertainment, an open reception, and a silent auction, while raising proceeds that will benefit the CCMA's Priority Male Initiative for young Black males, D.N.A. (Devoted, Noble and Accountable) Young Fatherhood Initiative and the Live B4U Die Summit for at-risk youth.

Guests will be entertained by the phenomenal violinist Delores Major, multi-talented vocalist Jabari Grover and his band, the hilarious comedian Larry "Coop De Veal (aka Rev. Charles), and other guest performers. Tax deductible donations of $30 per person will include admission, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and fun-filled activities.
The Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free programs and services to at-risk youth and young inner city males to help them live better lives. Businesses and organizations are invited to serve as partners and sponsors in these life-enhancing initiatives.

For additional information, call 404-935-5859 or 404-221-1222, or send an email to emailinfo@communitycouncilma.org, or visit www.communitycouncilma.org.

Jabari Grover When I'm with you Expansion straight reissue of his Yah-Go Entertainment release with another jacket design, singer with soulful GROOVE!

jabari Grover's lush voice leads his eponyous trio in jazz and R&B tunes on Wednesday. On Saturday the group expands to five or six members Atlanta Soul Band who performs the 70's and 80's. The place is sometimes standing room only". Phil Skinner - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / ajc.com Phil Skinner - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ()

NIGHTWATCH Vita restaurant swings, stays up late By JON WATERHOUSE For accessAtlanta Thursday, October 02, 2008 Live music is now filling the dining room of Buckhead family-style Italian destination Vita. Owner Tony LaRocco is booking bands, including local favorites like Mike Geier and Kingsized. Upcoming shows include Tommy Dean Thursday night, Jabari Grover Friday and the Ginn Quartet Saturday. Live piano music is offered Sundays-Tuesdays, and full bands hit the stage at 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. LaRocco says the industry crowd is discovering Vita’s late-night kitchen hours, too. The staff whips up its full 70-item menu until 1 a.m., and the bar stays open until 2 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Vita closes at midnight on Sundays. THE 411: Vita, 2110 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-367-8482, www.vitaatl.com. By JON WATERHOUSE - Atlanta Journal-Constitution ()