Archive for February 14th, 2010

John Reed Austin – Feeling Your Presence

John Reed Austin’s first exposure to jazz was when he was in the 8th grade playing the bariton sax. The following year, he took up tenor after he was inspired by a Chuck Mangione album called, “Feels So Good” when he heard the clean altissimo false fingerings of Chris Vadala. That same year, he would be selected to play in the Citywide Jazz Ensemble.

John’s jazz interests would expand from the influences of Cannonball Aderly, Charley Parker, John Coletrane and Stan Getz. Other sax greats would include Phil Woods, Tom Scott, and a little known jazz flute prodegy named Nelson Rangel. In the 80’s, he added to his lists Gerald Albright, Kenny G, Dave Koz, David Sanborn and many others.

John comments his new album: “This CD is a testimony of my journeys that began when I first decided to go to Colorado Christian University for my degree in Music Ministry. From there, my motto in life would be, “Have Sax Will Travel.” As I would become a missionary, and minister to churches nationally and internationally, I have learned to endure tragedies physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually by not laying to die, but to Get Up and Praise!”

Feeling Your Presence is for those who love a wide variety of jazz, this would be the perfect addition to those who love David Sanborn, Kenny G, Dave Koz, Nelson Rangel, and Eric Darius. Genres include Latin, Modern, Smooth with a spiritual and encouraging message. This heartfelt album is on sale at CDBaby.