Featuring a diverse group of musicians, Smith's latest record, Too Many Notes, was titled by his fans based on his reputation for a blisteringly fast playing style. Patrick Contreras on electric violin, Jay Jay Hicks on 8 string bass, Cesareo Garasa on drums, Fernando Montoya on electric bass, James Russell on double saxes (tenor/alto) and a variety of others are featured on this release.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ Jay Smith Group: Unashamed Portrayal (2012)
By GLENN ASTARITA, Published: September 1, 2012 Jay Smith Group: Unashamed Portrayal California-based keyboardist Jay Smith's worldly musical views radiate mightily, as he borrows from the past and reformulates a refreshingly modern vibe, spanning jazz-fusion, blues-rock and more. He also injects panache into the proceedings and garners top-notch support, while fusing a coalition of memorable melodies with a rather ferocious improvisational element. The keyboardist incorporates a vastly entertaining subsystem with penetrating frameworks amid various climactically oriented rhythmical drivers.