Taking It From Here is a well-balanced blend of R&B and Smooth Jazz, mixed with upbeat groves and ballads, and includes a guest appearance by Ryan Kilgore, saxophonist for the legendary Stevie Wonder. Full of intriguing melodies and moods, Gilkes’ vision is quite apparent in his compositions. The grooves you’ll find here are polished, diverse (in addition to a solid mix of jazz and R&B, there’s a Brazilian/Latin flavor to some of the material), and persuasive. A good hybrid that’s replete with quality, this one is indeed an impressive project.