Fortner, a New Orleans native, showcases his talent for composing and playing memorable melodies. On Aria, Fortner leads the ensemble in a warm and remarkable debut for his solo career.
As far as the covers go, "I Mean You" and "You Are Special" are definently at the top of the list. With the intricate rhythms and melodies, you can't help but to love them. "Aria" and "Expansions" are inspired by Fortner's exploration in Baroque classical piano/jazz feel to them with a modern twist. With Fortner's talent and young age, he has a bright future ahead of him.
This music is some good shit, honestly, not one that listens to jazz enough, but with much knowledge in hip hop and how it derives from the genre it is very well composed. The music is upbeat, intense, and perfect. It would remind you of the 70's with its groovy rhythm and the vocals from the singer. The tracks also include this reggae that they mage to incorporate that makes this album unique and even more badass. This is definitely for someone who wants something to relax to, to chill to, to play with the curatins closed and the light dim or off.