Jewel Shears - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://jazzreview.com Wed, 24 May 2017 02:59:16 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Players Club by Marion Meadows http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/players-club-by-marion-meadows.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/players-club-by-marion-meadows.html Track one is a smooth jazz cut, here Marion holds the sax over his head and does a little dance and starts to play, chip comes out with the bass licks this sounds more like…
Track one is a smooth jazz cut, here Marion holds the sax over his head and does a little dance and starts to play, chip comes out with the bass licks this sounds more like his prior music. Tracks 2, 3, 4, are songs to listen to with your earphone head set. Excellent soft music, makes your mind wonder, think about things around you or your surroundings. Track 5, has a Latin touch. This is the same sound that you hear in Chuck and Mark Antoine music. Tracks 6, 7, 10 are soft pieces that you can use as background music at any given occasion. Track 8, is a nice dance jazz track. I like the beat, this is where he sound so good, especially when he has the sax with that vibrating feature, and when he performs live he really plays, I like to see him when he puts his head down along with the soprano sax and just perform, then steps back and go into that semi turn move with his hands raised over his head. Track 9 the CD picks up and this is defiantly Marion. This is a track when he performs and the lights are low and he just serenades the audience, he does that little kick move away from the mike then feels the music, closes his eyes and performs, and at the end raises his head the sax drops from his lips both hands holding his instrument and he bows his head and thanks the audience, excellent track. I love the sound. Track 11 again has a Latin-salsa beat something to listen and node your head to or dance a little close if you are the floor, nice track; I hear this beat in most of his music. I like the lick where the sax fades in ad out and he plays that one continuous note. Marion always tries to reach more than one audience. He has such a broad following; sometimes it's get hard to please all. Marion is playing what sells in today's market. There are always individuals that want to hear different and more creative music, this is where an artist's creativity comes in, he/she has to be able to have talented writers, producers and artist that can make his music sound fresh and current. Remakes are OK, but you have to even expand on the sound so it can appreciated. That is why most artist play within a wide genre/range and with an assortment of artists. I feel that certain artist pigeonhole themselves within certain music formats, because they have a following that like to hear a certain sound, so when they (the artist or group) performs new music it is not widely excepted. Artist should not be afraid to venture out and appease other music audiences that is what stimulates growth and expands their music, along with their clientele base. Marion's new CD is softer and a bit conservative. That is why people need to support live jazz, for an artist to have 11+ CD and performed with everyone from a-z, he is on top of his music. Marion always sounds good to me old/new. I have always liked his style of music, it reaches all age ranges and even his past CD's are still selling. And to see him live makes you appreciate the music even more. Nice CD Marion! Job well done.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Jewel Shears) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Tue, 13 Jul 2004 19:08:50 -0500
Urban Groove by Marcus Johnson http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/other-cd-reviews/urban-groove-by-marcus-johnson.html http://jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/other-cd-reviews/urban-groove-by-marcus-johnson.html As i normally do, often late night surfing the web for new information about various jazz artist, i found this site and entered into a contest at www.marcusjohnson.net. i n…
As i normally do, often late night surfing the web for new information about various jazz artist, i found this site and entered into a contest at www.marcusjohnson.net. i named 3 people who had a tremendous impact on marcus's life and his decision to follow music, one was quincy jones, george duke last but not least gerald albright. Johnson a self taught keyboardist who drew inspiration from his mentors graduated in 1997 from Georgetown University with a Law degree and a Masters in Business Administration. when asked how he managed school in conjunction with a music career, he states that the will, desire and determination to suceed.Urban groove is the 4 cd release, the 2nd under his own recording label Marimelj. Urban groove shows his ability to touch diverse listeners from all music cultures.

Sandy Point my favorite which is track #6 this is a mid tempo instrumental song that is mixed with a little comtemporary jazz, r& b sound that has you swaying in your seat and can be a little seductive depending where you are when listening.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Jewel Shears) Other - CD Reviews Thu, 09 Nov 2000 06:00:00 -0600
Walter Beasley http://jazzreview.com/artist-biographies/walter-beasley.html http://jazzreview.com/artist-biographies/walter-beasley.html Walter Beasley
Reedman Walter Beasley has become one of contemporary jazz extraordinary saxman. Walter is an accomplished solo artist with eight-recorded CD's. Five under the Mercury label, in addition to a solo project "Live and More". Walter made his debut for Shanachie records April, 1997 with the CD entitled "Tonight we love". This sultry saxophonist is not a newcomer to jazz, his earlier influences has played a large part in his current career. Walter played trumpet in his earlier years and later switched …
Reedman Walter Beasley has become one of contemporary jazz extraordinary saxman. Walter is an accomplished solo artist with eight-recorded CD's. Five under the Mercury label, in addition to a solo project "Live and More". Walter made his debut for Shanachie records April, 1997 with the CD entitled "Tonight we love". This sultry saxophonist is not a newcomer to jazz, his earlier influences has played a large part in his current career. Walter played trumpet in his earlier years and later switched to playing sax at the age of nine while studying with former Count Basis band member Jimmy Cannon. Walter's influence's are from a wide range of vocalists and musicians, such as Donny Hathaway, Cannonball Adderley, Grover Washington, Jr. and Earth Wind and Fire. Later he added vocals and compositions with his high school band, and continued at Berklee School of Music. The son of two educators, Walter was reared with an assortment of jazz around him. He continued to be open to all ranges of music and traditions at Berklee School of Music, located in Boston where he has taught for the past 12 years. Growing up in El Centro, CA, Walter's exposure to Latin, R&B, country western and jazz music has afforded him the opportunity to work in various genres and approached each one of them differently. Walter states that" he tried to be like a sponge, never giving any more weigh to one genre of less to another. I just think that if the music is good, it will speak for itself." This multi talented instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger and vocalist has been able to juggle a hectic teaching schedule along with touring and is currently promoting his new CD entitled, "Won't you let me love you". This is the second release under the Shanachie label. With each new release, Walter has been able to bring something new and different to each CD project. Whether is he arranging or singing, Walter's music is a reflection of his life's experiences. Walter recently debut at the legendary Bluenote, NYC, NY with fellow label mate Chuck Loeb.
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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Jewel Shears) Artist Biographies Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:56:47 -0600