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Near the end of my new release "BRIDGE TO ETERNITY"
May be released in late 2016 or early 2017.
Please go to CDBaby.com and check out "The Grace Project" by B.W. Craig. He is a former band member from a 80s group I was in, and a friend. Check him out!!! Word is out that he is working on a new release also, so stay tuned!
I really dug a jazz lounge in Fort Worth, Texas called Scat. On Sundays it is free and the BlackDog Revisited Band is great!! The artists that just walked up were all great. Really got hipped to a cool trumpet player named Freddie Jones.
Dwight Sirls – Paradigm Shift
May 6, 2013
Multi-instrumentalist Dwight Sirls offers on his newest release, Paradigm Shift, a cool mix of solid contemporary jazz, electronica, and fusion elements. In addition, there is another element here: One of extraterrestrial or other-worldly focus (“Contact” and “Beings” come to mind). Interesting, to say the least.
With attractive melodies and interesting bridges, this multi-instrumentalist is playing everything here, as well as having written and produced it all. Certainly not shoddy work at all.
Many who have not yet accepted the concept of thinking outside the box may need a bit of time to digest this project. Not to be pigeonholed as a strictly smooth jazz album at all, it goes farther by offering a look into the unique creativity and imagination of Sirls, and yes, you can still do that under the wide tent of jazz.
You should find such outside the box tracks as the World music-influenced “Ancestral Call” appealing with a good listen. This track finds Sirls performing superbly on the Native-American flute.
Of the groovin’ danceable tracks, the rather funky and synth-heavy“ Telepathy,” the equally funky title track, “Future of Gruv,” and “Da Skin I’m In” rank at the top for me, and the presence of electronica and special effects in spots works to enhance the material.
Sirls’ imagination seems to know no boundaries; yet, he manages to keep it all in a perspective that we jazzers can appreciate.
It is often said that smooth jazz needs innovative thinkers – artists willing to step out of their comfort zone and take that leap of faith. Sirls couldn’t have had a problem doing that since there have always been hints in his music suggesting that he just might dedicate an entire album – or most of one — to thinking outside the box. That album has arrived. – Ronald Jackson
DWIGHT SIRLS Paradigm Shift Independent
New from engineer, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist Dwight Sirls comes a cool, funky, futuristic new project with bass oriented tunes on a subject Dwight has been involved with for decades, life forms from other dimensions, realities, or planetary systems. According to the artist, in order to go beyond the skeptical programming of our reality, and intelligently view this subject, “you must open your mind and who knows, you may have a PARADIGM SHIFT.” While the instrumental project may be inspired by X File type consideration, these instrumentals are soulful and jazzy, blending Chill Out with Nu Jazz and my favorite, swirling bass grooves! Dwight knows how to deliver these grooves as he plays fretless, upright and six, five, four string bases as well as electric and classical guitars, Native-American flute, keyboards and more! PARADIGM SHIFT is perfect for chilling, driving, unwinding and maybe even going a little deeper into your own realities. Great to have another new album from this innovative composer! ~SANDY SHORE
Dec.15,2005 Intriguing is the first word that comes to mind to describe multi-instrumentalist Dwight Sirls’ new project, THE HUMAN COMPLEXITY. Intriguing, at times other-worldly, always compelling. In a word, “noonie.” “What’s that mean?” you ask? Well, “noonie” is a word Dwight invented as a child… A word that can mean anything extreme on the emotional scale, from love to hate... Trust me; it’s the love end of the scale we’re talking about here. THE HUMAN COMPLEXITY is an amazing musical excursion into the deep recesses of Dwight’s mind. He plays all instruments (basses, guitars, keyboards) on this disc except for the percussion samples, and the sax lead on the track “La Vida,” which features Kyle Stroud. A hard life growing up under the Northeast Texas sun, an unwavering tenaciousness, and an innate creativity from early on… All form the genesis of this album’s music. This is not music just to listen to, it’s music to be experienced, because when you pay attention, you get the meaning he’s carefully woven into every track. The ones that stand out for me are “Gray Street,” a tough street in the poor Longview, Texas neighborhood where Dwight’s first home was located; “Enlighten,” with an optimistic vibe about searching for an understanding of this universe and beyond; “Indigo,” inspired by his departed mother’s spiritual voice and guidance; and “Groove Interlude,” a gentle, lyrical ode to the wonder of life and existence. Dwight Sirls’ THE HUMAN COMPLEXITY is a fascinating journey… One I recommend you take soon ~SCOTT O'BRIEN/SMOOTHJAZZ.COM May 16, 2006 Featured Artist: Dwight Sirls CD Title: The Human Complexity Year: 2005 Record Label: Japoonoonie Records Style: Smooth Jazz Musicians: Dwight Sirls (six-, five-, and four-string bass, electric and classical guitars, synthesizers and other keyboards, electronic percussion, drum sample manipulation), Kyle Stroud (saxophone on "La Vida") Review: This is an impressive collection of melody-rich tunes and smooth R&B rhythms from a multi-talented artist who plays all of the instruments on the CD, except for the sax (Kyle Stroud) on his last piece, “La Vida.” He also engineered and mixed the whole thing. Do you think he was a little busy here? Well, in this writer’s opinion, it paid off. The CD is heavily-laden with serious professional skill. At first glance, the title of the opening tune, “UFOs,” gave me pause, as I expected some “out there” sound effects and disconnected, elusive melody. Quite the contrary. While, initially, the synthesizer strikes you as having a bit of a thick and robotic effect, Sirls quickly hauls the tune into a slinky, funky acid jazz perspective, complete with bright horns. This piece quickly establishes him as a very competent bassist (which appears to be his primary instrument of choice). His clever use of the reverb effect on bass in track 3, the lively “Gray St.,” adds a cool dimension. He also plays an adequate classical guitar on track 5, “Enlighten,” and he definitely knows how to pour on the funk. Track 7, “Indigo,” and the very upbeat track 8, “Louella Symphony” (now, this is my kind of symphony!) are probably the best indications of that. Part of Dwight Sirls’s bio reads: “Dwight feels strongly about music being the primary conduit of expression.” This CD makes a pretty strong argument for that concept. I’d love to see this guy live (with a full band, of course). He sounds like he might be a really fun and refreshing experience. Tracks: UFOs, Human Complexity, Gray St., A Cold World, Enlighten, Revolution, Indigo, Louella Symphony, Groove Interlude, La Vida Artist's Website: http://www.dwightsirls.com Reviewed by: Ronald Jackson/Jazzreview.com January 1,2007 In writing about Dwight Sirls’ previous album, “The Human Complexity,” I used the description “intriguing, other-worldly, always compelling.” After my first listen to his follow-up project, PURPOSE, I will add to that description by telling you that his music continues to be brilliantly inventive and profound. This amazing multi-instrumentalist does literally everything on this disc, from writing, arranging, and performing to engineering and mixing. PURPOSE is another deep dive into the creative world of Mr. Sirls’ psyche, as expressed through his music. He puts it this way: “Each song… is straight from my feel zone… This direct feel I believe is the past visions and thoughts of my ancestors deeply stored in my genome… I really hope those that listen can sometimes take that moment and go to their inner-most zone and bring to the surface some of those archived thoughts and visions.” His instruments of choice for this project include six, five, and four-string bass, four-string fretless bass, electric and classical guitars, synths, keyboards, and the manipulation of drum and percussion samples. The result of all this thought and creation is, once again, unique and riveting. You really must experience this CD, as with the previous one, to truly appreciate its depth. Dwight Sirls’ PURPOSE is a further evolution of the profound musical journey we embarked upon with “The Human Complexity.” You need to stay on board for the next leg of this amazing musical journey! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN October 25, 2006 I have listened to it over and over extensively and have really enjoyed. I am not a big LOVER of Jazz like my sister, but I do like it and as you know me, I have a very wide range of music from New Age to some Rap. My favorite Jazz is people like Bob James, Earl Klugh, Peter White, Ramsey Lewis, Everette Harp, Dav Koz and even Hiroshima. This CD ranks right up there and is excellent! I am so impressed! I like music that is haunting and wistful. Hard to explain! Which is why track #5- Visions is my absolute favorite and well as #11 Infinity. I know and swear I hear the ocean (in #11) and wish I was back on St. Thomas drinking some rum punch as I reflect on life! Ha ha Guess I need a vacation now! Track #1, Know Me- I swear that could be playing during a James Bond action scene. I just envision him running and crouching down, guns drawn as he and maybe let say, “ Halle Berry “ take out some people or bombs before gliding into the casino. But I can on and on. Love #2, 3, 4 etc… I really hope I see this on Amazon.com as a bestseller and something tells me I will. Your cousin’s CD is fantastic and I will be on the lookout for his name. Che'-Lees Wilson-Batson