Saxophonist Steve Cole had retired for a short time due to health
problems of a family member, he was caring for. Now he is back in old presence. Appropriately his new
album Gratitude has just been released, like his earlier
albums on the label Mack Avenue Music Group. After Stay Awhile (1998), Between
Us (2000), NY LA (2003), Spin (2005), True (2006), Moonlight (2011),
Pulse (2013) and Turn It Up (2016). Gratitude is
his ninth album.
According to the credits Steve performs on the new album tenor sax
and keyboards. He is joined by Trevor Neumann (trumpet), Dan
Levine (trombone), David Mann (tenor sax, flute, keyboards,
programming), Ricky Peterson (Hammond B3), Bernd Schoenhart
(guitar), Khari Parker (drums), Lamar Jones (bass), John James
(vocals), and Marcus Anderson (flute, keyboards, programming). The
album was produced by David Mann.
The album starts in uplifting mood with Good News Day
presenting a finely tuned saxophone arrangement in combination
with a balanced chorus line. Neo Sol is a mesmerizing
tune with harmonies inspired by EWF.
Gratitude is Steve's Thanks for all the people who helped
him and his family through the tough times. This Gospel styled
ballad is addressed to the musicians, the collaborators and the
many nameless professionals who have supported him.
Steve Cole is a welcome guest on the Pizza Express in London's
Soho district. Soho is dedicated to this supportive
venue, its managers and audience, in Great Britain. Starting
Over boasts an exuberant harmonious saxophone scenery of
course with David Mann's signature handwriting.
Love Ballad is featuring vocalist John James in an
emotional song with sweet and soulful content and depth.
Five6oh83 is a secret formula that hides a tribute to a
saxophone legend. For good reason, the piece has a distinctly
jazzy feel. Canít Get Enough blazes the Motown tone, a
glowing light of sonic consonance.
Letís Go! is swaying even more in glorious harmonies
featuring the excellent brass crew of Trevor Neumann (trumpet),
Dan Levine (trombone), and David Mann (tenor sax) in support of
Steve's saxophone performance. Toronto is entitled by the
city, where the tune was written by David Mann. The wide range of
horns in conjunction with Bernd Schoenhart's funky guitar
illustrates the scenery of the Canadian metropolis.
The efficient collaboration between Steve Cole and David Mann also
pays off with the new album Gratitude. An audible
trademark are the mature harmonies formed by various instruments
and musicians, which are rarely found in this form in today's
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Artist: Steve Cole
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Mack Avenue Music Group
1 Good News Day 3:42
2 Neo Sol 4:55
3 Gratitude 5:28
5 Starting Over 3:37
6 Love Ballad 4:36
8 Canít Get Enough 3:42
9 Letís Go! 3:43
10 Toronto 5:17
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