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Hey Jim. I really enjoyed your CD on many levels. One of the first things that struck me (and I've listened quite a few times by now), was the diversity of musical expression. The musicianship is outstanding and contributes greatly to the diversity of emotional and intellectual content. You have an incredibly soulful voice, it is the most unique and resonant tone I've heard since Tim and Jeff Buckley. I am also impressed with the high production standards, everything was very well put together. Hats off to you!-- Wayne Berman, composer/performer who has worked with many notable musicians, including John Cage. - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Nice job on your CD! I found it REFRESHING! -- Patty Larkin, singer/songwriter - Vanguard Record label - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


It's an impressive piece of work. I hear a lot of sophisticated pop -- strong vocals, smart arrangements -- mixed with world-music, funk and R&B influences, something along the lines of what Sting, Paul Simon and maybe Peter Gabriel have done. I heard things that reminded me of Sting, of Vinx (of course, he's on this disk), Prefab Sprout (the first track), Prince, the Neville Brothers and some African artists. Nice work. -- Philip Booth, music journalist (Down Beat, Billboard, Jazziz, CMJ Music) - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


I love your song - It's amazing! (Speaking of the song he sings on, "Step Right, Shake Left") -- Arnold McCuller sings with James Taylor, Lyle Lovett. - . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Discography

2001 - Step Right, Shake Left - a collaboration with LA-based band, Native Vibe. Lot's of percussion, horns, full band, major guest artists including Vinx, Munyungo Jackson, Arnold McCuller, and many more. The tune "Human Nature" was a radio hit in Ghana. 2003 - MOD - Electronic/Jazz/World hybrid music with Henry Strange, Willie Lawson. 2005 - "Unreleased" - Various titles compiled. 2007 - Jazz vocal CD coming up.

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Jim Beckwith moved from Tampa, Florida to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2006. The past has been filled with a variety of bands and performances including Native Vibe, MOD, The Irritable Tribe of Poets, The Trailer Park Troubadours and Hu Dost. 2006 passed with the development of new contacts and collaborators in NC which will culminate in a finished new project this year based on the jazz crooner model. For a streaming playlist, paste this link into your browser:http://www.bigspotmusic.com/JimSongs/StepRightCDsamples.m3u