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Album Review

This ultracool saxman has some of the sexiest moves in smooth jazz and a dreadlock-based look that drives female genre fans wild. He's always focused on passionate, soprano-based tunes to express this sexuality in musical terms, so it's no surprise that one of the best tracks here is the power-passion ballad "Romantica." He's always been successful at adapting his lyrical sound and melodic sense to easy funk tunes, and here plays that middle of the road well on tracks like "Deska" (dedicated to his new bride Desi) and the soul classic "Wishing on a Star." But because we're so familiar with this side of his personality, it's always more fun to hear him fulfill a deeper potential, a bit outside the box. The ultragrooving, hip, and brassy title track, on which he blends soprano with tenor and slides over the baritone edges of Matt King, leads us to expect a slightly more swinging affair, but "Sweet Grapes" reminds us that Meadows is more about sensuality and cool soul vibes than the thumpy stuff. Another standout track that goes beyond his usual boundaries is the jamming R&B/Latin funk tune "Noche Privada," which combines a hefty urban groove and his sweet soprano lines with the intimate harmonics of Chieli Minucci's gorgeous Spanish guitar. These outside-the-box efforts have always hinted at a deeper artistry behind Meadows' straightforward approach to R&B-influenced smooth jazz, and he should keep expanding upon them. Overall, this is one of his most appealing efforts, and a club every smooth jazz listener will gleefully join.

Customer Reviews

Diggable Hurricanes

I remember watching the Weather Channel non-stop during the hurricane season in 2004 when it was storm after storm after storm, and this track was always playing during the Local On the 8s. By far the best song I've heard the Weather Channel put up. Everytime I hear the word "hurricane" I start humming this song. The whole album is great but Diggable definitely stands way out. I've been searching for whoever made this and what the name was for a year and finally found it! Thanks, Apple!

Sweet Grapes, rocks!

About a year and a half ago the smooth jazz radio station in our area changed, and became something else. Sweet Grapes was one of the songs we would listen to, there would be many songs but i could remember or tell apart a lot of them from one another even without words i could tell a song liked when it was on, a few weeks ago on our music choice station i was listening toward 2or3am and i remembered that tune, and i didn't fell like getting up and writing down wthe info, so i could find it but i convinced myself that i'd remember it knowing I wouldn't, so the next day later i remembered that and another oneso i wrote it down and i going to buy this one soon. I think smooth jazz is highly underated! I love it!

Diggin' Diggable

After reading one of the reviews for this album I decided to take a listen. After hearing "Diggable" I was hooked. I really love that song. It makes me want to grab my ipod and go for a power walk. This album is now a part my music collection.

Biography

Born: West Virginia

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Smooth jazz-styled soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston's Berklee College of Music. A protege of Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels, Meadows later served a long stint as a member of Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra; after a series of session dates and sideman gigs, he made his solo debut in 1990 with...
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