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Marcus Anderson – Hero

Marcus Anderson stands for variety, inventiveness and creativity. Be it smooth jazz, funk or gospel music, the combination of coffee and music or the connection of music with comic characters, he always delivers new surprises.

His new album Hero takes borrowings from the popular world of comic heroes as well as urban R&B. Due to the network he has built up in the meantime, Marcus can fall back on a large number of musical collages for the recording of his album. First to mention is keyboardist Nicholas Cole, with whom he has already worked on the albums “TLC” Tender Loving ChristmasNow, And Coffee, Limited Edition, and My Inspiration Vol.2. A further producer/programmer is keyboardist Derrick Adams, who also worked with Marcus on various projects. Furthermore involved are Doc Jr., Michael Fields and Demetrice Everett. Now to name the other musicians in detail would go beyond the scope of this review.

The album opens with the title song, that starts where New Edition or Johnny Gill left off. At this point Marcus Anderson steps in as one of the coolest saxmen with that extra punch that makes him so popular.

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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