number 20 has a magical meaning for saxophonist Marcus H.
Mitchell. In 2020 he has already been in the music business for
twenty years and looks back on twenty releases. With his album
20 he honors this fact with a total of twenty pieces of
The following have contributed to the success of
this new project: Gerald Albright (bass), Jeff Lorber
(keyboards), Samituru (guitar), Hector Ruano (bass), Precious
Joubert (vocals), David Dyson (bass), Earl Carter (guitar), Carl
Anderson (vocals), and Daniel Bennett (guitar).
In the scope of a double album Marcus has equipped his new work
like an opus with intro, interludes and outro. The first longer
track, the title song, was released earlier this summer and
features such prominent musicians as Jeff Lorber and Gerald
Albright. These musicians are honestly striving for excellence
and deliver outstanding artistry on the whole range.
It's Never Too Late lets the funky dogs off the leash.
Samituru allows his guitar sing like Jimi Hendrix in his best
time. No Such Thing stylistically takes a new melodic
direction, shining in harmonies. This is a rendition of John
Mayer's song from his album Inside Wants Out (1999).
Strasbourg - St. Denis was originally released by Roy
Hargrove on his album Earfood (2008). Marcus'
interpretation replaces the trumpet part with keyboard sound
giving this eternal funky groove a new character.
South Of The River is a gorgeous tune by Tom Misch with
a grooving bass line and a rhythm guitar in the style of Nile
Rodgers. The keyboard solo is out of this world and certainly
inspired Marcus to his cover. With I Feel You, Marcus
has fished out another jewel from the archives of smooth jazz,
which first saw the light of day in 1998 through Walter Beasley.
Still For Your Pleasure.
With I Can't Wait To See Her Marcus unleashes a tight
groove of overwhelming hypnotic sureness. Let's Have Some Fun
sets the sails in the direction of chill out music pushing the
flow to the next level. On I Wrote This For You Marcus
cultivates the gentle sax style in the spirit of Kirk Whalum.
Romance is the order of the day.
Your Lady addresses the friends of R&B. The song
features the popular singer Precious Joubert. Class and elegance
mirror in Anita Baker's song Soul Inspiration, released
on her jazz inspired album Compositions (1990). A steep
model for Marcus' lovely sax.
On M.E.D. Marcus plays the sax with reverb, which
creates the impression of a live performance. The tune also
features David Dyson, Earl Carter & Carl Anderson. Saturday
revels in atmospheric vibrations that allow dreaming. With a
great feel-good buoyancy Marcus celebrates the romance on I'm
Glad We Met. I'm All In is enlivened by the
contrast between the softness of the saxophone and the powerful
Marcus H. Mitchell delivers throughout his album 20
substance and quality with great inspirations for the listener.
It is time to discover him.
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Artist: Marcus H. Mitchell
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: MHM Entertainment
1) Intro (1:10)
2) 20 (5:47)
3) It's Never too late (5:06)
4) No Such Thing (3:54)
5) Strasbourg - St. Denis (5:06)
South of the River (3:39)
7) I Feel You (4:18)
8) I Can't
Wait To See Her (3:48)
9) VSOUL 1 (1:57)
10) Let's Have
Some Fun (4:58)
11) I Wrote This For You (6:47)
13) Your Lady (5:08)
14) Soul Inspiration
15) M.E.D. (3:22)
16) VSOUL 2 (1:36)
18) I'm Glad We Met (4:25)
19) I'm All
20) Kirk Style Outro (1:23)
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All About You
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