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GRAMMY-awarded producer, keyboardist and songwriter Michael Broening is better known in the smooth jazz genre to those who look at the credits of other musicians. Thus, his name is linked to musicians such as Lin Rountree, Tim Bowman, Randy Scott, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Michael Lington, Jaared, Brian Simpson and many more.

What could be more obvious than to step out of the shadows and into the limelight with his own solo album. The album is appropriately titled Never Too Late comparable to Michael O'Neill, who successfully debuted with this title. The album is released on Trippin' and Rhythm, the label that features many of the artists Michael has been instrumental in creating.

It is also no secret that, as can be seen from the credits, many have made their contribution, on whose albums Michael has worked beneficially. Drawing on his wealth of experience, Michael wrote, produced, engineered and mixed all the songs himself. The album opens with the positive-spirited Shine A Light. Spiritual input is provided by Nicholas Cole on the B3 organ. Thano Sahnas, himself an acclaimed producer, gives responsive moments on acoustic and electric guitar. All around, a successful piece that provides a fitting introduction.

On Summer In Blue, Roberto Restuccia, a rising star in the smooth jazz sky provides guitar flavor. But it's Michael who works true magic on the keys. Let It Breathe makes the sun rise in our hearts. Once again take a deep breath and follow these enchanting sounds.

Talk To Me experiences its charm not only from the piano carried melody but Marion Meadows saxophone aura. The dramatic-sounding title Fire In The Sky corresponds to the arc of tension that Michael orchestrates on the piano. Althena Rene draws more lines to this arc with her ultra-fine flute aesthetic.

Java, the capital of Indonesia is the center of the jazz world every year when the festival takes place. Lava Java is a punning tribute with a brilliant Lin Rountree on trumpet. When You Smile reveals Michael tender side and at the same time is an ode to his charming always smiling wife.

The Way She Moves is a tonal attempt by Michael to interpret his wife's incredibly alluring movements. Randy Scott on saxophone punctuates Michael's pearly playing. Everything leads up to his promise, Never Letting Go. The finale is Oceanside Drive with flattering music that recreates the drive along the seashore.

Michael Broening's debut album Never Too Late meets the expectations of smooth jazz fans in every way. From the composition, the perfection in the musical realization and the selection of the musicians involved, everything fits together seamlessly.

 


 

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Title: Never Too Late
Artist: Michael Broening
Year: 2023
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Length: 50:39
Label: Trippin' And Rhythm


Tracks:

1) "Shine A Light" (6:47)
2) "Summer In Blue" (5:07)
3) "Let It Breathe" (4:02)
4) "Talk To Me (feat. Marion Meadows)" (5:18)
5) "Fire In The Sky (feat. Althena Rene)" (4:55)
6) "Lava Java (feat. Lin Rountree)" (4:54)
7) "When You Smile (feat. Randy Scott)" (4:52)
8) "The Way She Moves" (5:31)
9) "Never Letting Go" (4:41)
10) "Oceanside Drive" (4:28)



Credits:

1.     Shine a Light

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Vocals 

Mel Brown - Bass  

Thano Sahnas - Acoustic & Electric Guitars 

Gary Honor - Sax and Horn arrangements  

Nicholas Cole - B3 Organ 

Anthony Saunders & Matt Tiegler Vocals 

John Herrera - Drums 

  

2.     Summer in Blue 

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mel Brown Bass 

Roberto Restuccia - Electric Guitar 

Freddie Fox - Rhythm Guitars 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums

3.     Let it Breathe 

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mario Mendivil - Bass 

Bill Moio - Electric Guitar 

Kendall Gilder - Rhythm Guitars 

 

 4.  Talk to Me (Featuring Marion Meadows)

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mel Brown Bass 

Marion Meadows Soprano Sax 

Freddie Fox - Rhythm Guitars 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums

 

5.     Fire in the Sky (Featuring Althea Rene)

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mario Mendivil Bass 

Althea Rene Flute 

Lemek Yisrael - Rhythm Guitars 

John Herrera Drums

  

6.     Lava Java (Featuring Lin Rountree)

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mel Brown Bass 

Lin Rountree Trumpet  

Freddie Fox - Rhythm Guitars 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums

  

7.     When You Smile (Featuring Randy Scott)

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Vocals  

Mel Brown Bass 

Randy Scott - Saxophone  

Freddie Fox - Rhythm Guitars 

Alyssa Broening - Vocals 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums

  

8.     The Way She Moves

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mel Brown Bass 

Randy Scott - Saxophone  

Freddie Fox - Rhythm Guitars 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums

9.     Never Letting Go

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Bass & Drum Programming  

Thano Sahnas Acoustic Guitar

 

 

10.  Oceanside Drive

 

Michael Broening - Piano, Keyboards, Drum Programming 

Mel Brown Bass 

Thano Sahnas Acoustic Guitar 

Lemek Yisrael - Rhythm Guitars 

Lester Estelle Jr. - Drums