Meadows is a saxplayer with a special fluid. Sound, style and
appearance of this remarkable artist are impressive. You won't forget
this musician after a show. Like on his previous albums "Players
Club" and "In Deep" Marion Meadows continues his joint
venture with keyboardist/producer Michael Broening. Michael is also
keyboardist and producer of Steve Oliver's just released album
more music Michael and I write together, the more we realize that
we're evolving into a great creative team", comments Meadows.
"It's one of those things you kind of know right away when
you're collaborating with someone. We had a lot of songs that we had
written for "Players Club" that we had planned to put on
this new record. But at the last minute, we rewrote most of this
material. It was labor-intensive, but in a good way. We had already
raised the bar with the last record, and now it was time to raise it
again and take the music to a new level."
of this album is the title song Dressed
To Chill. Marion Meadows
considers this one as his favorite. "It turned out to be a little
more uptempo than what I' m used to," he says, "but I got
pretty exited about it when we were laying it down in the studio, and
some of that energy just made its way onto the track." Besides
Michael Broening (keys) did Mel Brown (bass) and Freddie Fox (guitar)
an excellent job. They are the player team on this professional album.
Remember Me has
an appealing melody line on soprano and tenor sax featuring guitar
legend Chuck Loeb. A typical West Coast drive song.
the known thread about the relationship of generations: Dance
With My Daughter, a slow
tempo tune on a relaxed rhythm.
Miss Know It
All pays tribute to a lady
of unmatched sophistication. The song is interpreted by vocalist Will
Brock. He’s also one of the most in demand keyboard players in
Philadelphia. Will already performed with The Stylistics, Miles Jaye,
and many others. Certainly a musician we'll hear more about in the
a beautifully balanced tune with a nice romantic intro and some reggae
flavor. Freddie Fox adds funky wah-wahs and Mel his dark deep tones.
Marion Meadows is one of these sax players with an admirable breath technique.
I Believe I
Can Fly is a cover of Robert
Kelly's original gospel-soul composed for the Michael Jordan movie
"Space Jam" (1996). This song was produced by Chris Big Dog
Davis who also plays keyboards and programming on this tune. Randy
Bowland adds some guitar riffs and the whole tune is well-garnished by
the lovely vocals of background singers Vanessa Williams, Lori
Williams and Raymond Reeder.
is a bit unusual because Marion Meadows plays on this tune flute
besides his saxophones. Freddie Fox does not only play guitar but also
Style is obviously a tune
Marion Meadows promises by writ. Meadows comments: "This is
especially a time when today's listener is diversified in their
musical choices - not unlike the way we were brought up as musicians
of our generation listening to all the different styles. We listened
to be-bop, jazz and smooth jazz and we also listened to R&B, and
there's nothing wrong with that."
guitarist Thano Sahnas provides Spanish flavor to Scent
Of A Woman. Thano Sahnas is
lead guitarist and founding member of the Phoenix, AZ-based
contemporary/fusion band Turning
Let's Do This is Chris Big
Dog Davis' second contribution to this great album. A very catchy
tune. Chris Big Dog Davis recently produced and performed on Najee's
new album "My Point Of View".
This highly in demand player also performed with Hall & Oates
("Our Kind Of Soul"), Will Downing ("Soul
Symphony"), Maysa ("Sweet Classic Soul"), Kim Waters
("All For Love") and more. He has the vibe in his
1000 Dreams is
featuring humming singer Caji Da Bahia. He is born in the culturally
rich city of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil which explains his name. A city
of an eternal carnival which is very infective (every visitor can
assure this). Michael Broening has the first time to expand a piano
solo and show more of his skills. Thano
Sahnas' short acoustic guitar solo also deserves an applause.
To Love Her is
juxtaposing Meadows soprano sax and bass clarinet against the
atmospheric electric guitar work of Freddie Fox. A cool song for a
think when you hear all the tracks as a whole, the title of the album
makes perfect sense," says Marion Meadows. "We're taking a
very relaxed, very cool approach to the music. We're doing a lot, but
in a style that's very subtle and understated." Is this an album
only for the warm days? Certainly not. Give this album some spins!