Outstanding and unique as always, sax man Marion Meadows and producer Michael Broening collaborate again to bring contemporary cool full circle. Under the label of Heads Up comes the May 23rd release of Dressed To Chill, which in fact it does for those who respect the craft. The tones are simplistic, however crafty in the way they are arranged. Dressed To Chill expounds on the elegance and style that the instruments can create. This is a very smooth experience from two very innovative masters.
One thing to notice on this spin is the excitement filtered through Meadows music. Even tempered mostly, however at times he lets his guard down on a number of cuts. As his emotions soar, so poetic and stimulating are these moments. Meadows saxophone has a personality which we have grown to expect, smooth, sensitive and embraceable. The same can be noted as the ivory of Broening is displayed as well.
If I may, one cut that needs attention with numerous spins is "Scent Of A Women." As delicate as the first touch of romance, yet vibrant as the ignition of intimacy. Marvelous sounds which expresses the female mystique.
Each selection on this triumph of jazz is special, however "1000 Dreams" has a place all to it’s own on this spin. The smooth delivery of sax with the percussion backdrop has that jazz feel attached throughout the trip. This Broening original has warmth that exhumes pure untarnished sentiment. Note the string work as well of Freddie Fox, which brings the temper out of the piece.
To be frank, Marion Meadows is a marvel in the making. His style, technique and tempo along with the people that he surrounds himself with is a compliment to the jazz genre. His presence on stage or in studio along with the gifted craftsmen that embrace his style are on a path to exceed most who have followed that same roads. Experience pleases the man and music of Marion Meadows