Womanizer Marion Meadows makes his Secrets public.
Looking back on a formidable list of
previous releases like For Lovers Only (1990), Keep It Right
Here (1992), Forbidden Fruit (1994), Body Rhythm
(1995), Pleasure (1997), Another Side of Midnight
(1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Player's
Club (2004) and Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets
(2009) is his fifth album on Heads Up International.
Marion Meadows continues his joint venture with keyboardist/producer Michael Broening,
with whom he already co-operated on his previous three albums.
“I’ve been involved in a lot of
projects, both my own and group efforts,” says Meadows, “and my main
objective is to keep growing as an artist and engage the fans who have
invested so much emotion in my music and my career. Aside from that
wonderful sense of live communication, the real magic for me happens
in the studio when I put on those headphones and start playing. That’s
where the ideas just start to flow. Everything else in my musical life
comes out of that moment.”
Michael Broening (keys) join Mel Brown (bass), Freddie Fox (guitar),
and Michael White (drums)
Marion's new project.
Furthermore Marion incorporate some
musicians he plays with on his live performances. Marion explains:
"Contemporary jazz artists can get a little caught up in the more
stylish side of the recording process, with computers and drum
machines and other cutting-edge technology. For as good as all that
stuff can sound, there’s an organic element that gets lost. If you
move too far in that direction, I think people start to take musicians
in this genre – and the genre in general – less seriously as a
This idea in mind Marion introduces his new project with Secrets.
A mellow tune like the warm wind of Spring. "Secrets are things that
are kept hidden beneath the surface of our own intellect, our own
decision-making,” he comments. “They’re these treasures that are often
right in front of our eyes and yet we don’t even see them or know
Let The Top Down continues on
this unobtrusive but nevertheless captivating level. You Lift My
Heart is without no doubt the outstanding song of this album
featuring lead vocalist Charlie Karp. "Charlie is a vocalist who comes
from the old school,” says Meadows. “He’s originally a rock singer,
but he sings a more spiritual type ballad here alongside a jazz
saxophone. This is the kind of track that makes this record – like all
my records – an eclectic experience.” Most of you will know Charlie as
lead singer of the projects Dirty Angels, Buddy Miles Band, White
Chocolate, Meatloaf and more.
Soul Sugar precisely kicks Marion's message into your heart.
These are sweets four soul and ears.
frames Marion's sax play in the best manner. Get your overdub today.
On the mild ballade The Child
In Me Marion looks back into his childhood. He began learning the
clarinet at the age of eight, studying classical music, but eventually
found jazz after being moved by Duke Ellington. Music was in the air
Sand Dancers is dominated by the
percussion work provided by Orly Penate and Tony Verdejo who also have
written this tune. The exotic Samba rhythm, great electric piano and
an appealing humming is the perfect background for Marion's journey
into Brazilian realms.
Playtime is featuring writer
and multi-instrumentalist Will Brock. He graduated from the University
of the Arts with a Bachelors degree in Jazz piano. That experience
gave him a fundamental understanding of music on a pretty high level.
Now it's the time for practice and fun.
The romantic ballade Flirt offers the
well-established group around Marion Meadows in a soft melody. Vocal
virtuoso Bobby McFerrin wrote Friends for his underrated album
Bang!Zoom (1995), a co-operation with the group Yellowjackets.
Brian Chartrand is the singer on Marion's cover. Vocally, Chartrand
sounds like a cross between Dave Matthews and Radiohead's Thom Yorke (Niki
Urban Angels features vocalist
Philip Hamilton in duet with Marion Meadows. Called "an unusually
energetic and inventive vocalist..." by the Washington Post, Hamilton
was a founding member and co-composer of the group Full Circle, which
released three albums on Sony/Columbia Records. The song is on the
path of Pat Metheny, which means an indisputable unthankful task for
The Shade Tree is written and performed by Sean Thomas and
Johnny Britt, who are known by their project
Impromp2. These soul singers are
opening new directions on Marion's album, a surprising pleasure.
Marion Meadows goes Pat Metheny. Incredible but truth. Marion finishes
his album with Here To Stay, one of Pat's brilliant and
mesmerizing songs. Sometimes it needs stuff like this to showcase
Marion's skills in whole scale. Also featured Jay Rowe (piano solo)
and Perry Hughes (guitar solo).
Secrets underlines Marion's
impetus to go out of the smooth jazz genre for a new experience.
Marion comments: "It’s a fresh new experience for the fans who buy it.
They’re saying, ‘What’s this thing going to sound like?’ For them,
it’s still a secret. It’s something that has yet to be discovered and
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Artist: Marion Meadows
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Heads Up International
01 Secrets [4:18]
02 Let The Top Down [4:03]
03 You Lift My Heart [5:54]
04 Soul Sugar [4:03]
05 The Child In Me [4:07]
06 Sand Dancers [4:53]
07 Playtime [5:06]
08 Flirt [4:21]
09 Friends [4:55]
10 Urban Angels [5:14]
11 The Shade Tree [5:58]
12 Here To Stay [6:32]