Archive for April 21st, 2020

Marcus Anderson – Hero

Marcus Anderson’s peak musical collaboration was certainly his time with the legend Prince. Even today, Marcus presents on many of his performances preciosities from his repertoire. In the meantime he has already released twelve studio albums, which have settled in the area of gospel and smooth jazz.

His new album Hero will be released on May 29, 2020. Marcus Anderson’s thirteenth album Hero features thirteen original compositions, which is the quintessential soundtrack of our lives with a common thread of inspiration, perseverance, passion, and resilience. A smooth jazz artist, Anderson’s music as well as his message are even more powerful and poignant in the current political, environmental and social climate of this nation and world.  Hero takes the listener on a musical journey through themes of light and darkness and the quest for meaning in an often-chaotic world. Melding a wide range of musical styles with a natural grace, Hero evokes, but never imitates, the many legendary artists that have influenced Anderson s compositions.

Just a Taste featuring Tim Bowman offers a soft and slowly deepening funky vibe with darting sax lines while Tim s melodic smooth approach brings the song on home. The precocious sax virtuoso has evolved an integrated vision with a different kind of power, with the title track Hero highlighting his musicianship. Jazmin Ghent and Marcus Anderson’s tones and ideas matched beautify in Your Touch, a dedication to Will and Maggie Shares. On the Right Track featuring Bob Baldwin is a fitting title that describes how the piano and sax come together with technical brilliance. A Brighter Smile featuring Julian Vaughn incorporates the unfiltered candor of Vaughn s bass blended seamlessly with Anderson’s sax. Pure Love is swooning romantic vocals mixed with passionate jazz exchanges. Continue reading