The RJ & The Assignment is back and their new CD The Stroke of Midnight is hot. It is fused with jazz, gospel, R&B and some fiery spoken word. This project did not disappoint. I think it is the group’s best album thus far. The CD starts off with the song Midterm. It is a tease to get you in the mood for fantastic music. All in all, there are eleven songs on this disc and even a Beatles composition, Come Together. Jocelyn Winston provides the sultry vocals on that track.
The Assignment includes: RJ on keyboards, Julian Tanaka on saxophone, Mariko Kitada on acoustic bass, Jason Bolden on electric bass, Terry Wesley on drums and Jocelyn Winston on vocals. Guest vocalist is Windy Karigianes and the spoken word is provided by Khari Bowden. Some of the other notable songs are: The Stroke of Midnight, Naima, What you Wont Do for Love, One Sunny Night and Roseland. Khari Bowden gives a passionate plea on the spoken word in the songs Choose Life and Hold On.
Some of the guest musicians include: Jeff Ray on guitar, Eddie Rich on flute, Michael Evans on trombone, Jorge Machain on trumpet and Tom Schuman on keyboards and percussion. This CD has a little something for everyone, including those who like rap music. The two spoken word songs kind of remind me of the late Gil Scott Heron. He was a master of the spoken word and poetry. This is an album for the ages and I think it is a ground breaking one for RJ & The Assignment. You can follow the group by visiting their websitehttp://www.rjandtheassignment.com.