Smooth Sailing

Newest Addition to the P&J Family:
“Smooth Sailing” by Paul and Friends

“Paul and Friends” second CD is out, and the writing and production is beautiful.  Take a listen.

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Smooth Sailing - Paul and Friends

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1 Smooth Sailing

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2 Just One More Time

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3 What’s the Matter with That

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4 Helplessly Hoping

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5 Drift Away

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6 In My Life

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7 Willie

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8 Amazing Grace

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9 Have You Ever Seen…?

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10 Brunch in the Big Easy

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11 Thanks for Being There

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There are 11 cuts on this CD. Eight are originals by Paul. As a matter of policy, Paul never records covers, but he liked the arrangements of two standards featured here so much that he decided to include them on the this CD. The tunes are classics – “Helplessly Hoping”, a Stephen Stills original (“Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young”; Gold Hill Music, BMI), and “In My Life”, a Lennon and McCartney tune (Northern Music, BMI). The first features Paul, Martin Hart, and Des Anthony (“Three’s Company”, Australia). The second has become very popular and spotlights Martin and Carol Hart.  Martin has a gorgeous voice, which will become clear to the listener upon first listening, highly complemented in a perfect blend by Carol. Those who have previewed these tunes have agreed that they are the best arrangements of them they have ever heard. We at P&J agree. The third cover is of “Amazing Grace”, a Christian standard, featuring Lindsay Melancon Ogle. Paul’s arrangement is a set in a jazz-rock framework with rich 6-part harmonies.

Other tunes include the driving anti-nuclear bomb tune – “What’s the Matter with That?”, “Have You Ever Seen…?”, and the jazz-rock tune “Willie” featuring Joe Raines on lead vocals. “Just One More Time” and a new rendition of “Thanks for Being There” again feature Martin on lead vocals. Lindsay sings lead on “Drift Away”. There is also a smooth jazz instrumental called “Brunch in the Big Easy”, dedicated to the rebirth of a great city – New Orleans, LA, after the destructive forces of Hurricane Katrina, now a memory. The title track is unique. “Smooth Sailing” is a short 6-part a capella piece designed after and executed like some of the best Beach Boys and Manhattan Transfer works.

Once again, Paul wrote, arranged, performed on, and produced the pieces. The overall production took quite a while, but was well worth the wait. “Smooth Sailing” is now available. We believe it represents another substantial step forward in writing, performance, and production for the group.

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