My Point of View
(Heads Up, 2005)

While known in jazz music circles, Queens native Najee is relatively unknown to most of the world, yet he has shared the stage with such greats as Chaka Khan, Prince and Freddie Jackson. Najee has also shared a stage with fellow jazz musicians Bob James, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke and Hiroshima.

Raised by a single mother, Najee and his brother Fareed were well versed in music via the record player as children. Najee began his musical journey on a clarinet in grammar school, but he soon changed to the flute and saxophone. He began playing gigs professionally at age 15. Much of his career Najee and Fareed have shared the stage together.

This Grammy nominee and Soul Train award-winner's latest CD is My Point of View. While Najee has produced several albums since his debut in the mid-1980s, My Point of View is his first with the prominent jazz label Heads Up -- and his fans will tell you it is long overdue.

My Point of View is a collection of 10 mostly instrumental pieces that do more than entertain the listener, they sooth the soul in a way that only smooth jazz can.

Fans of Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Hiroshima and Rupert Holmes will want to give Najee a listen and add this album to their musical collections.

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review by
Sherrill Fulghum

26 April 2008

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