contemporary jazz

Gary Dean Smith Bring Jazz To The Masses With ‘Awakening’

New Album Out Now


San Jose, California – January 7, 2020 – Gary Dean Smith pulled out all the stops for 2019’s ‘Awakening,’ even working with a legendary producer/bass player.

‘Awakening’ is Gary Dean Smith’s long-awaited follow up to 2011’s ‘Backbone Sessions #1.’ The new EP features a handful of songs that deliver upbeat jazz fusion comparable to the likes of Jeff Lorber and The Crusaders. Smith was at the reins but was not without help from the one and only, the legendary producer and bass player, Jimmy Haslip. Together they not only went above and beyond on this EP, but they also formed the Expansion of a Sum; a five-piece ensemble comprised of remarkably talented musicians.

Well received and reviewed since it’s early 2019 release, ‘Awakening’ has been a delightful addition to the contemporary jazz scene. It spent over a dozen weeks on the NA