Oli Silk is only in his twenties, lives in the U.K. and has been producing music since he was 13. You’re picturing a stereotype of a hip young chap twisting beats and spinning drum loops, but keyboardist Silk is an old-schooler clearly comfortable with the softer side of smooth jazz. His second solo CD continues in the vein of his 2006 debut So Many Ways with its simply stated melodies, touch of light funk and many enjoyable Jeff Lorber-like runs down the keys. In fact, Silk channels Lorber impressively on the veteran fusion-master’s “Seventh Heaven.”
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