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January 1, 2005

Band Name: Travisjames
Album Name: Instinct
Best element: Alternative/Jazz fusion
Genre: Alternative
Website: None
Label name: Self-released
Band e-mail:

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What happens when you fuse the calming sound of jazz and and the modern alternative vibe? One-man band Travisjames aptly answers this question with his first release, Instinct.

What we have here are nine delightfully soothing tracks which conjure images of Incubus, but refrain from falling entirely into the alternative rock trend by incorporating some modern pop-jazz-rock elements, reminiscent of John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band. This is the perfect soundtrack to a quiet evening of reading, sipping coffee, and feeling relaxed.

In addition to this CD’s soothing nature, the music also has a straight-from-the-heart quality, which is likely one of the benefits of having completely written, performed, and released your own music. There is sincerity to both the vocals and lyrics which makes the listener feel connected to the message Travisjames is conveying in each song.

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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