located in Poland saxophonist Marcin Nowakowski successfully spreads
the word respectively his music around the world. Milestones of his
solo career are the albums
(2005) and Better Days (2009).
Now he returns with his third project Shine (2011).
Anew Marcin is supported by top-notch
musicians like Paul Brown (producer, guitar) and Jeff Lorber (producer, keyboards, piano, bass,
and guitar), Jimmy Haslip (bass), Michael
Thompson (guitar), Dave Weckl (drums), Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass),
Ricky Lawson (drums), Gary Novak (drums) and many other.
While his previous albums didn't get the deserved response, his new
album Shine is destined to be his breakthrough in the States. After all,
even the venerable jazz magazine Jazziz took notice from his album and
reported about it with praise.
With Nobody But You Nowakowski
fosters with lasting effect in the R&B realm featuring Billy
Mondragon's soulful vocals. A member of the group DW3 he makes waves
in the L.A. area through strong power and soothing harmonies.
On Tell Me Why Marcin sets his
coins on the sweetness of his soprano sax spiritually connected to
Kenny G's style. Give & Take spreads happiness with
handclaps, stirring background vocals and Ricky Lawson's signature drum
beats. The best platform for Marcin's expanding sax performance.
The mid-tempo Out Of Time
presents Paul Brown's sonorous vocals, while Marcin adds the icing on
the cake. Snow Lion starts Marcin's collaboration with
keyboardist Jeff Lorber. A captivating melody with an impressive motif
shared by Marcin and guitarist Michael Thompson.
The heartfelt Coming Home
features Adam Sztaba and the Atom String Quartet. This quartet is one
of the rare string formations specialized on smooth jazz. These
musicians also lead other bands and perform with best Polish artists.
The Atom String Quartet mainly plays their own compositions which
sound modern and original thanks to the unusual set of instruments for
a jazz band.
On March On
Jeff Lorber celebrates his piano finesse while Marcin's alto sax
permanently entrances in higher notes. Who loved Al Jarreau's Shine
Shoes on Paul Brown's album Love You Found Me will
certainly like Dax Reynosa's rendition. Easy Going presents
Marcin anew in full flight of fantasia. Marcin and Paul however sound
their best on Good Night Kiss, where acoustic guitar meets alto
With two outstanding producers like Paul
Brown and Jeff Lorber Marcin Nowakowski can't fail on his new album
Shine. A truly world class album of a great sax talent.