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Mindi Abair often gets lumped into the smooth-jazz genre due to her melodic saxophone playing. But while many smooth folks lean on thin synthesizer tones, skeletal beats, and (at the genre's most clichéd moments) chimes, Abair fronts a band capable of playing pop, rock, R&B, soul, and blues. That's never more apparent than on Wild Heart, her seventh album, which also features such heavy guests as Joe Perry, Gregg Allman, and Trombone Shorty (another jazz musician not afraid to rock out), as well as soul legend Booker T. Jones and bluesman Keb’ Mo. She continues to prove herself a soulful singer on the rocking “I Can’t Lose” and the rootsy “I’ll Be Your Home,” and she sets aside her sax to duet with Allman on “Just Say When,” which they wrote together. Abair actually collaborates throughout this set of new tunes, either working with her guests, outside songwriters, or her regular pianist Dave Yarden, who teams up with her for the standouts “Haute Sauce” and the noirish “Kiddo’s Revenge.” "Soothing" isn't a word that comes to mind here, and that’s just fine for Abair and her many fans.

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Something Special

Albums in this class don't come out very often. What immediately stands out is the sound. It's just so good. Then comes all of that personality Mindi puts into her sax. Wild Heart is all about going big and it is done to perfection here. I'm excited not just for this record but for the influence it will (hopefully) have on the jazz world and beyond. Buy this album!! Review

While saxophonist Mindi Abair has had her share of smooth hits, her live shows reveal that she’s a rocker at heart – and these past few years, she’s proven it by touring with Aerosmith and playing a benefit with Bruce Springsteen. While not fully abandoning her infectious melodic pop, on WILD HEART she amps up the power and plays with explosive abandon. Alternately keeping her identifiable horn and dreamy lead vocals front and center, she ups her game big time with a dream guest list of top artists who have inspired her: Trombone Shorty, Gregg Allman, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Max Weinberg, renowned session guitarist Waddy Wachtel and others. WILD HEART allows one of the genre’s favorite artists to go wild! ~JONATHAN WIDRAN

Get into the groove - A great album!

Right out of the gate this album gets you going. This is not a typical smooth jazz release made for radio. This one has real soul and depth. Lots of great songs to groove to. Mindi does a great job on vocals here as well. A great listen!


Born: May 31, 1969 in St. Petersburg, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Born on tour into a musical family, Mindi Abair was playing piano by the age of five. Within three years, she was playing saxophone and writing songs. She made her way through Berklee performing all kinds of music from jazz to rock and R&B. Upon moving back to Los Angeles, Abair started her own band. She also took on session work with artists as diverse as the Gap Band, Adam Sandler, Mandy Moore, John Tesh, Teena Marie, and the Backstreet Boys. During this time, she worked on creating her own sound...
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