Hart Ramsey -][- Charge It To My Heart – [Indie, 2008] – (Review)
Hart Ramsey, a talented music producer and keyboardist shifts his focus from producing and playing for others in favor of releasing his own solo album, Charge It To My Heart. Charge It To My Heart could be summed up as being a ‘smooth jazz’ album for the most part, but with Ramsey’s restlessness for incorporating ideas from idioms outside of smooth jazz, it is more than just smooth jazz. Here, elements of R&B, gospel, and rock cross paths on numerous cuts making Charge It To My Heart quite an enthralling listen throughout. Sure, some‘sameness’ given the repetitive nature of smooth jazz rears it’s ugly head, but given Ramsey’s musicianship and ambition with including so many stylistic turns at times, Charge it to My Heart is never a bore.
The album opens up with the crisply produced “What About Love,”featuring saxophonist Kelley O’Neal. The programming and keyboard work by Ramsey is exceptional throughout and O’Neal’s saxophone solos are both creative and soulful. “What About Love” proves to be a ‘grand’ opener. “Be Attitude,” similarly is inspired, with Ramsey exploiting his piano skills more overtly here than “What About Love.” Smartly, programming is mixed in the background during Ramsey’s solos, adding a nice touch to the production. The slap bass is very appropriate here, setting the ‘attitude’ as the title of the cut prescribes. Continue reading