Sam Hankins is a musician and performer who loves the sweet grooves and energetic sound of smooth jazz, and he is able to revive the genre with a modern and personal flair. His most recent album, Do That Thang, is a perfect example of tuneful melodies and sophisticated compositions. This release highlight Hankins’ next-level musical skills, including his technical abilities and his affinity for great arrangements and song structures. Hankins fearlessly leaps across stylistic boundaries, juggling diverse influences such as funk and hip-hop with jazz.
Do That Thang has a warm sound with an elusive organic element that has a nice retro taste. However, the production has got all of the best attributes of a modern recording, such as clarity, punch, and dynamics. What I love about the album is the spontaneous sense of fun and enjoyment, which really shows how much love and passion went into the making of this record.