and over abundance of sax players looming in and around these days one
should proceed with caution before taking the plunge
intopurchasing new music by up and coming artist. Let’s
set the record straight here, saxophonist Frank Mead isn’t
your everyday horn man by any means, teamed with co-producer musician Peter
Muller this dynamic duo armed with talent scored the dynamic “Shout
It Out”, Frank’s debut on Mullennium Records 2003.
Players: Frank Mead ~ Alto, Soprano Saxes, production, slide guitar,
harmonica, voice samples, Martell and Penny whistle, Peter Muller ~
Co-producer, Bass, Synthesizers, Samples & FX, Voice Samples,
Loops and Percussion, Tobias Neumann ~ Wurlitzer, Fender Rhodes, Organ
and Keyboards, Tim Cansfield ~ Guitars, Oliver Spanuth ~ Drums &
Percussion, Ullie Rode ~ Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Christian
Kappe ~ Trumpet & Flugelhorn, and Steve Wieters & Dave Ital ~
the first spin “Drop The K “ takes you back in the day too
the mid to late 70’s with an infused Tom Scott and LA
Express groove coated with heavy dose of Meadology.
Frank jumps in too assure you that the party is about to get
started. The player’s chemistry is confident; the level of energy is
cultivating passages but never straying far for the core of the
groove, trading solos effortlessly like expert marksman turning up the
In” solidifies its presence at the second spot with a groove
that is indeed what this record is all about, having a funky good
time! Mead and the crew are about the business of having a good
time as musicians and friends jamming together making creative, listen
Tobias Neumann opens with a tasty Rhodes solo on “Hey
It’s Me”, this track captures the essence of and intimate
setting with relentless Sanborn attributes by Mead, as a
soloist Frank Mead is one to watch out for now and in the
suddenly takes dive exploring the heat of the Mississippi Delta with
a tune entitled “The Charmer” (Intro); Frank showcases
his slide-guitar, harmonica, voice and Martel skills on this bluesy
number. The band summons your attention on “The Charmer”,
as they’re in pursuit of getting down, dirty and funky. Franks’
plays some seriously mean harmonica solos, as they are very
much inline with his exuberant alto phrasing jazz-n-blues context.
is up next! The evidence is clear much like the footprint that came
before Shout, Frank & his co-hort Peter Muller are
guilty of mirroring the images of where Peter’ record (M-Vibez)
left off. These cats are restlessly shifting gears with a sense of
keeping the beats and hooks tight with head bopping grooves and
rhythms in sequence. Fender Rhodes and Organ solos by Neumann
and Kappe on the Trumpet play a pivotal role bringing
the groove into its desired climax.
direction with “I Wish I Could” (Live), his skills delivers
the frequency that should eventually make him a household name (This
track captured Live gives the listener a feel for the real Frank
the title track falls in at the 8th spot. As one would
expect the title track kicks with a proper dose of pulsating
funk-n-groove. Mead plays soprano sax here giving you a little
extra bite that you might be looking for.
passion for ballads rise to the forefront this time around with the
pop classic “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, his tone and pitch
evokes expressions of quietude, a state of remembrance of a classic.
God’s Children” as
you can imagine has Gospel feel to it yet wrapped with
flavorings of Jamaica therefore; evolving into colorful
composition that the band thoroughly enjoyed performing.
voice is warm, and the lyrical nuances fueled with passionate, on “Life
Class”; revealing melodies that soulfully caress your appetite
for intimacy with each alluring note.
decision to diversify the flow of material on “Shout It Out” was
without a doubt a wise choice; this alone separates him for the overly
crowded legend of saxophonist in contemporary jazz. His voice is
distinctively soulful, he plays with heartfelt passion, and the
quality of production is simply outstanding. As I see it Frank
Mead has every reason to glow these days, his debut “Shout It
Out” on Mullennium Records is another monster hit from
the production team of Muller & Mead is about to make some
to and for the contemporary jazz lovers everywhere!