City Streets

Jim Adkins

A smooth guitar journey of melody,nice grooves, passion and pristine technique.

This is the fifth solo release for Jim Adkins and the second release on the Clear Image Label. This cd is packed full of melody,groove and pristine playing that Jim is known for. It features ten new recordings, nine original and one cover.The cd starts with the title track "City Streets" and features well known trumpeter and producer Bill McGee.The second track is the radio hit "Lost In The Moment", a very clean and memorable melody with a hook that will stay in your head. Jim also covers the great Al Green tune "Lets Stay Together" and features a great piano solo by Lee Covington. The cd also features keyboardist and long time friend Greg Terry who co-wrote two songs with Jim. The other musicians include Matthew Steele-bass, Chris McHugh-drums, Eric Darken-percussion, Rosshan Monroe-sax, and Cham Laughlin, all of which turned in great performances.

Jim is an award winning songwriter/guitarist from the central Va. Area. He has won awards in jazz, intrumental composition and gospel. His most notable award was the 1999 BILLBOARD SONG CONTEST winner for second place in jazz out of over ten thousands entries for the song "Wind Dancing" off his first cd titled "Just Chillin".He also earned an honorable mention for his song "Watching You Smile" from his second cd "Straight Ahead" He has also won nine awards in V.O.C.A.L. (Virginia Organization for Composers and Lyricist) Jims third cd "Turning Point" earned him a hit in the top forty of the smooth jazz charts with the song "Into The Storm". The cd was recorded and produced by Ken Navarro and released on the Positive Music Label. In 2004 Jim founded Clear Image Records and released his fourth cd " License To Play" on the label. The cd received lots of airplay and sold records in over ten countries! His latest cd " City Streets" was released in April of 2008. Check back to see how it goes.
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License To Play

Jim Adkins

Smooth, funky & melodic jazz guitar over r&b & rock rhythms to musically satisfy the soul.

This is the fourth cd for Jim Adkins and his first release on Clear Image Records. Jim is an eight time winner of V.O.C.A.L. (Virginia Organization for Composers and Lyricist)and also a past winner of the 1999 BILLBOARD SONG CONTEST in jazz. Jim's third recording "Turning Point" produced a top 40 song on the smooth jazz charts and his earlier recordings were selected for complition cds such as Billboard Song Contest Top 21 Winners Vol II and mp3 Best Songs You've Never Heard. His lastest recording "License To PLay" features 11 new recordings and 10 new originals and again displays Jim's diverse style of playing. From the opening track "Ocean Breeze" to the ending track "Groovin at Sunset" Jim's playing and melodies will offer everthing to musically satisfy the soul.

" Adkins displays that he has the ability to play guitar with the best of them. His riffs don't quit and his tone is solid." ~Jeff Charney-Contemporaryjazz.com

For full review go to http://contemporaryjazz.com/reviews/JimAdkins.html

"Here's a colorful guitar album that deserves to be in your smooth jazz collection. It's got all the ingredients you're looking for; great melodies,energy,groove,passion and award-winning world-class musicianship" ~Scott O'Brien-Smoothjazz.com

For full review go to smoothjazz.com/loft/

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Turning Point

Jim Adkins

Instrumental smooth jazz with r&b grooves. Features hollow body, nylon and acoustic guitars

Turning Point is Jim's best work to date. The cut "Into The Storm" climbed into the top 40 of the National Smooth Jazz charts and spent several weeks there. This project was produced by smooth jazz staple Ken Navarro and features some of the best musicians in the country.

Jim is an award winning songwriter/guitarist. His most notable award was placing 2nd in the International BILLBOARD SONG CONTEST in jazz. He also won nine awards for compositions in a Va. based contest V.O.C.A.L. Starting out as a rock style guitarist, his love for smooth jazz developed later when he heard guitarists such as Larry Carlton, Lee Rittenour and George Benson just to name a few. Since then he has been on a musical path releasing three cds in that genre. His guitar style is evident of rock, country, pop and jazz.

REVIEWS OF JIM'S MUSIC 1. " Adkins playing is clean and flawless. You can tell this guy knows how to write for the "smooth jazz" genre.

Jeff Charney, Contemporary Jazz.com

  1. "Adkins inspired guitar melodies are felt thoughout, providing a musical backdrop of warm winds and gentle showers of the South".

Elaine Washington, Jazz Review.com

  1. "Adkins has a flair for bright and memorable guitar melodies, this is great music for turning off the world and letting some relaxation in"

Brian Soergel, Smoothvibes.com

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