Meadows understands it perfectly to
put himself in the limelight. So that the light does
not blind him, you can see him on many of his covers with
sunglasses. This underlines the aura of mystery, created and
cultivated by him. Musician friends and fans know
him however as a sociable person who likes to have a small
Keeping soul in mind his new album is titled Soul City
(2018). Marion performs on this album mostly soprano sax, on
several tracks tenor sax. He reached out to two familiar
producers and keyboardists, who designed the album with him.
We talk about Chris Big Dog Davis and Rahni Song.
Marion also invited prolific guest musicians such as Will
Gaines, Julio Hernandez (bass), Norman Brown, Peter White,
Rohn Lawrence, Wayne Gerard, Kaimi Hananoeau (guitar), Joey
Sommerville (trumpet), Maysa, Peabo Bryson, Kim Fleming,
Will Downing, Dana Lauren (vocals), Maria Meadows, The Super
Choir of Atlanta, Timmy Maia (bg. vocals), Roberto Vazquez
(piano), Orlando Hernandez (drums, percussion), Jeff
Bradshaw (trombone), Jorel "Jfly" Flynn (drums), Justin
Gilbert (keyboards), Nicole Neely String Chicks Music LLC (strings), Bob Baldwin (string edits), Niger Troutman
Meadows glows with enthusiasm on the starting Soul
City. The attractive effect is based on a thoughtful
arrangement that is refined and aimed at emotional effects.
Meadows knows the impression of his instrument and is able
to use it skillfully. The intro is reminiscent of George
Duke's Genesis with this multifaceted orchestral
construction. Joey Sommerville aptly fits into the tune with
his magic muted trumpet.
The Latin flavored Dreamin pairs glamorous vocalist
Maysa with Marion's soothing sax and Peter White's lingering
guitar. You presents Denver, Colorado based Will
Gaines in a double feature as vocalist and bassist. Jeff
Bradshaw on trombone hypes the piece to a higher level.
Merry Go Round presents singer extraordinaire Latrese
Bush whose vocal potential in this R&B piece is far from
A vocal highlight of the album is the interpretation of Cyndi Lauper's song Time After Time. In a stroke of
genius Marion combines the sonant jewel Peabo Bryson with
The Super Choir of Atlanta underlined by strings.
On Consequences Chris Big Dog Davis lays down a
solid groove, strong enough to transport Marion into orbit.
With a sneaky funky motion vocalist Kim Fleming arrives on
Be With You while Marion smokes again the
When a world star like Will Downing appears on Samba De
Playa, one awaits a chanteur in the main role, but Will
and Marion share the melody fraternally in the service
of a magical mood. "She don't push, don't pretend. She feels
like a natural singer", said Arturo Sandoval about Dana
Lauren. No Wind, No Rain is her piece written by
Davis and Meadows. It's amazing what you can create for
atmospheric rhythmic processes today. On Only Rahni
Song reveals his artistry and Meadows fascinates with his
Marion Meadows occupies a special position in smooth jazz
due to his exquisite and atmospheric compositions. Soul
City is another album with carefully arranged visionary
melodies evoking emotions of lasting power.
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Title: Soul City
Artist: Marion Meadows
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1 Soul City (feat. Norman Brown & Joey Sommerville) 3:50
Dreamin (feat. Maysa & Peter White) 3:56
3 You (feat. Will
4 Merry Go Round (feat. Latresh Bush) 3:34
5 Time After Time (feat. Peabo Bryson) 5:28
7 Be With You (feat. Kim Flemming) 5:28
8 Samba De
Playa (feat. Will Downing) 4:49
9 No Wind, No Rain (feat.
Dana Lauren) 4:06
10 Only (feat. Kaimi Hananoeau) 6:21
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