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Pleasure by Marion Meadows

Smooth Jazz at its Smoothest! Being a long time fan of soprano saxman Marion Meadows, I was pretty anxious when I heard he had a new release coming out. Marion having attended Berklee College of Music majoring in arranging and composing has studied saxophone with greats such as Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. Marion has given us great albums like, For Lovers Only (1991), Keep it Right Here (1993), Forbidden Fruit (1994), and Body Rhythm (1996) all are prominent musical achievements. However, Marion has taken his work to the next level of greatness with Pleasure (1998). Inviting great sidemen such as Norman Brown, Waymon Tisdale, Bashiri Johnson, Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey, and Michael Bearden to collaborate on this release has truly brought his music full circle.

Having listened to this release for five days straight I can't believe I love it more each time I listen to it. Marion's sax playing style is one of smooth melodic transition, sounding as if he never takes a breath before he moves in the next direction. On the track "Picture This", Marion features one of my favorite guitar players, Norman Brown. Together these two musicians create an up tempo mood lifting tune that is sure to get you in the mood for just about anything. On the "No Other Love" track, Marion brings in the suave vocals of Marc Dorsey to create a lovely ballad for lovers only. Making a large impact on smooth jazz radio stations around the country is Marion's seductive instrumental version of "Unbreak My Heart" done originally by pop singer Toni Braxton. Jam-packed full of hits, you're going to love Marion's latest release.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Marion Meadows
  • CD Title: Pleasure
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Sire / Discovery Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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