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MP3 Point Blank - A Poin
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This recording runs the gamut of smooth jazz from the silky smooth chords, colors and textures to the grittier R&B-influenced vocals and instrumentals.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (47:36) !
Related styles: Jazz: Smooth Jazz, Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues, Instrumental

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A Point Of View

POINT BLANK is Henry Countee, drums, background vocals; Steve Pratt, guitars; Jerry Blake, reeds, background vocals; Dorden Bivings, keyboards and lead vocals; Winston Ferguson, bass; Gerald Chavis, trumpet/flugelhorn, background vocals; Raleigh Lewis, percussion; Paul Lee, keyboards.
A Point of View is produced by Point Blank. All compositions are published by Man With The Horn Music (ASCAP). We are eternally thankful for the support, energy, and talent of some very special people. First, we want to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for everything. We also owe a Special Thanks to:
Our families for your love and support
Arthur ''Ott" Johnson for the extra percussion work.
Evette Thomas for lending your voice and great concepts to this project.
Cheyney University Facilities Department for your continued support.
Brandi Chavis of QB Entertainment for all your creative input and resources
Paul Janocha of Ken Del Studios, Newport, Delaware for having great ears, technique and patience.
Earle Brown of Eyes of Distinction for great photography work
And Our Fans â youâre wonderful!

1. âAlong the Journeyâ 5:20 composed by Paul Lee
âAlong The Journey is my musical travel of time performing with musicians and groups from the past to the present. It's an adventure of learning.â Paul

2. âIn the Name of Loveâ 4:41 composed by Henry Countee, Dorden Bivings, and Gerald Chavis. Background vocals: Dorden Bivings, Henry Countee, Evette Thomas, Jerry Blake, Gerald Chavis
âThis is a song composed to musically express unconditional love, which is a commandment from God.â Hank

3. âThe Best of Meâ 5:13 composed by Henry Countee and Evette Thomas. Background vocals: Dorden Bivings, Henry Countee, Evette Thomas
âEphesians 3:20 teaches us, âHe is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above what you can ask or think according to the power that dwells within us,â which I might add brings out the best in me.â Hank

4. âA Point of Viewâ 5:51 composed by Paul Lee
âIt's a profound perception of one's understanding and interpretation of everyday living in society. This song came in a flash.â Paul

5. âSelahâ 5:14 composed by Henry Countee. Background vocals: Evette Thomas
âThis song pretty much is a scripture, Phillipians 4:8. The music came to me as I meditated on holy thoughts⦠good things. Selah, take a moment to think on these things. When I introduced it to the band the seasoning was added by grace.â Hank

6. âOnly Thingâ 5:12 composed by Brandi Chavis and Gerald Chavis. Lead Vocals: Dorden Bivings; Background vocals: Dorden Bivings, Henry Countee, Jerry Blake, Gerald Chavis
ââOnly Thingâ was inspired by the understanding that the only constant is change, freeing us to live in the energy of every moment. If we allow the Holy Spirit to lead, life becomes full of beautiful experiences and our eyes open to the Promised Land, internal happiness and the peace of God.â Brandi

7. âAneekaâ 5:02 composed by Henry Countee
âDedicated to the memory of George Joseph Bungy, a great musician and dearly missed friend.â Hank

8. âMy Thoughts of Youâ 5:59 composed by Paul Lee
âThis reflects the time of special moments with a loved one from the past or the present. All love and relations are special which we remember from time to time. Have you forgotten?â Paul

9. âSet You Freeâ 5:46 composed by Dorden Bivings
âMy inspiration for this tune stems from my love of world music. The combination of the silky Spanish guitar and driving percussion give the tune a Latin flavor and gives me the uplifting feeling of a spiritual freedom - thus the title "Set You Free.â Dorden



Recorded 2009 by Point Blank at Ken-Del Studios, Newport, Delaware. Paul Janocha, engineer. Mastered at Masterworks, Philadelphia, PA. Cover Photo: Earle Brown for Eyes of Distinction. Cover Design: Brandi Chavis for QB Entertainment.

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REVIEW:
POINT BLANK, A Point of View

Whoever said that the gospel infused urban jazz ensemble Point Blank is âthe freshest, most musically exciting band to emerge from Philadelphia in yearsâ might have been understating things just a bit. Why stop there? Theyâve opened for legends like George Duke and Jeff Lorber and recently played a bunch of regional festivals, but their soaring melodies, explosive R&B and world beat grooves and towering spirituality is just too big to be limited to the realm of âregional sensation.â Aside from a stirring batch of impeccably performed compositions that push the boundaries of âsmooth jazzâ to incorporate true jazz improvisations and a strong global consciousness, two things stand out on Point Blankâs striking nine track collection A Point of View: a refreshing spiritual approach grounded in faith âIn The Name of Loveâ; and the rich group dynamic where every member participates as a composer with a unique âpoint of viewâ and is featured on their lead instruments in all the right places.

The set kicks off with âAlong The Journey,â a musical time traveling adventure which begins with Dorden Bivingsâ keyboard atmospheres and exotic, stylish synth vibraphone and evolves into a high energy groove highlighted by Gerald Chavisâ soaring flugelhorn. While grounded in their faith walk, âIn The Name of Loveâ is a cool, mid-tempo declaration of the heart that spotlights two of the groupâs emotional centerpieces: Dordenâs powerful vocals and Jerry Blakeâs urgent, heart tugging sax. Rolling along with the natural sound of ocean waves and a quote from Ephesians for inspiration, Point Blank brings out âThe Best In Me,â an easygoing, laid back (then slightly more grooving) meditation that will keep horn fans happy; the lead melody switches off from Geraldâs dreamy flugelhorn to Jerryâs lilting soprano, creating a magical tandem effect. While the rhythm kicks up a notch, the same hard hitting horn duality and switch off (this time from flugelhorn to alto sax) is at the core of the hypnotic and thoughtful title track.

The biblical foundation of the next track, the supremely meditational, dreamy atmospheres and flute driven âSelah,â is a term used in the Psalms that roughly translates to âStop and listen,â or âLet those with eyes see and with ears hear.â The way the song opens into percussive world grooves and deep touches of exotic ensures it lives up to its title concept. Secular listeners will appreciate Dordenâs wondrously romantic lead vocals on the soulful ballad âOnly Thing,â but those with spiritual ears will be in tune with the deeper meaning of living in every moment more intensely via the Holy Spirit. Composed by drummer and backing vocalist Henry Countee, âAneekaâ is a tribute to a dear friend featuring soaring, high energy jangling electric guitar by Steve Pratt as the harmonic underpinning for Geraldâs soaring and transcendent flugelhorn.

After the cool, low key and reflective âMy Thoughts Of Youâ (highlighted by Geraldâs smoky trumpet and colorful sound effects), A Point of View wraps with the infectious world music embrace of an exotic, flamenco guitar and Latin brass driven track that can truly âSet You Freeâ; this track showcases Steve Prattâs acoustic guitar and Gerald and Jerryâs horn interaction at their creative and whimsical peak.

Point Blank may be a sensation just in the Philly region now, but from my point of view, theyâre going to become a national and even world urban jazz sensation as soon as radio programmers and festival bookers take a âSelahâ moment, get into the groove and realize whatâs good for them, their listeners and fans seeking more than the same old thing!

Jonathan Widran, columnist, Jazziz
Jazz Editor, Wine and Jazz Magazine



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