CD Review: Marcus Anderson "Now"
|July 28, 2011|
Review By: Cheryl Boone
In a day when smooth jazz artist are trying to find that “out the box” and “different” sound, Marcus Anderson, part of the “New Generation of Jazz”, accomplishes just that with his latest CD, “Now”. Stepping out from the recycled, mundane, cookie cutter sound, Saxophonist Marcus Anderson emerges with freshness, melodic tones, passion and excitement.
Starting the party jumping with all the excitement of one of Marcus’ live shows is “All or Nothing”, which features another New Generation Jazz (NGJ) Artist, bassist Julian Vaughn. The title song “Now” is both expressive and passionate, and adding a sexy flair on keys is 17 year old North Carolina native Nicholas Cole. “Back To The Basics” slows the tempo down a little while still keeping the groove bumpin’. The easy going, feel good song, “M-Powered”, showcases Four80East’s smooth sound.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing Marcus live on stage has seen him transform into one of his inspirations, Michael Jackson, complete with hat and skilled dance movements. “Remember The Time” plays tribute to the late superstar, with Marcus adding subtle vocals on the EWI. “Transition” brings back Nicholas Cole and together he and Marcus get funky and playful. Continuing the undeniable pocket groove from Marcus’ 2nd CD, “From The Heart”, is “So In Love” (Part II). “Together Forever” is romantic and sensual and brings in the vocal talents of Marcel Anderson, Marcus’ twin brother and things heat up when Marcus’ invites you to go “Cruisin” with him in his version of the Smokey Robinson classic.
Rounding out the 13 track CD are “85 to 95” with Nate Najar, “It Doesn’t Matter”, “Feeling You” and “Family Bond” with gospel great, Marcus Cole.
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