Archive for February 26th, 2019

Marcus Adams – Dream Again

A thrilling performer and one on the rise, vocalist and multi-instrumental soul/jazz artist Marcus Adams is a sign that the new crop of smooth jazz artists can certainly carry the torch. Working on his sophomore studio album, he combines R&B, Soul, and Jazz to create songs that takes the listeners on a musical ride of the highs of love and depths of pain in life. His friendship with Grammy nominated producer Demonte Posey led to the release of his heralded freshman release entitled Suddenly. The project propelled Adams into the national spotlight. The jump from a beloved local act in Milwaukee, WI to a favorite performer in jazz venues across the nation proved to be the right path for Adams to establish his unique sound and brand. Following the release, Adams toured the nation and created an avid and loyal following.

In a recent radio interview, Adams said he believes that the idea of winning a Grammy is a great honor by one’s peers, but the most important thing to him is seeing the way his music can inspire people and change their ways of understanding. The six infectious tracks on his sophomore release Dream Again have the power to do just that, starting with the perfectly titled “Heartbeat,” which begins the journey with a vibrant soulful melody sang by him, a thumping groove and rich soaring sax textures. Adams is all about love and passion on “Tonight”, a sizzling r&b influenced ballad featuring an emotional trumpet accompaniment by Lin Rountree and subtle guitar nuances by guitarist Nils. “Leave it Alone” is a peek into the ups and downs of love as Adams and jazz artist “Angela Rene” sings to a grooving beat featuring hypnotic piano textures provided by Nate Harasim and rocking guitar riffs by Nils. Named after a jam session with a friend, “Tj’s Groove” is an inviting soprano-driven melody enhanced by a grooving bass line and subtle trippy synth effects. Adams explains the romantic tribute ‘My Everything’ is to be viewed this way: “There is a single woman that can please you in every way. The challenge is finding her. The joy is in living life with her.” Dream Again wraps with the project title tune, a story of Adams’ personal struggles with mental health and a tribute to Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Adams is currently preparing to tour in the fall of 2019.

Get the album on iTunes.