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Released: April 17, 2009
Saxophonist Marion Meadows is hiding something. Like a deft sleight-of-hand artist, there's always something up his sleeve - something he's not showing you outright - that ultimately reveals itself when the music starts. Somewhere in those mysterious spaces between the notes - at the convergence of melody, harmony and rhythm - the simple treasures and universal truths are laid bare for those whose ears and minds and hearts are open to discover them. Meadows uncovers some of these hidden mysteries on Secrets.
For Meadows, the secrets within the music reveal themselves on a subconscious level - a place where higher reasoning takes a back seat to instinct and intuition. And for as much as Meadows may be the keeper of the secrets, they are often just as much a revelation to him as they are to the listener. "Secrets are things that are kept hidden beneath the surface of our own intellect, our own decision-making," he says. "They're these treasures that are often right in front of our eyes and yet we don't even see them or know they're there."
For all of the capable hands on deck, Secrets is ultimately about the army of ears on the other side of the musical equation, says Meadows. "When we put these records out, we tend to forget about the fans' initial response to them," he says. "We live with these projects from their conception and birth all the way up to the final details of post-production and pressing. In a lot of cases, once it's done and out the door, we need some distance from it for a few weeks. But at that same time, it's a fresh new experience for the fans who buy it. They're saying, `What's this thing going to sound like?' For them, it's still a secret. It's something that has yet to be discovered and explored." Listen closely and catch the wisdom in the whisper of Secrets.
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