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Michael Paulo – Beautiful Day

Saxophonist Michael Paulo has been involved with the beloved music for more than 35 years. During his period as sideman for singer legend Al Jarreau he released his debut album One Passion(1989).  Soon followed Fusebox (1990), Save The Children(1994), My Heart And Soul (1996), Midnight Passion (1999), Sax For Christmas (2000), Beautiful (2006) and Michael Paulo with the Magenta Orchestra (2010).

After a long hiatus Michael returns with the new album Beautiful Day (2018). Michael has surrounded himself on the album with an exclusive group of musicians: Gregg Karukas, Kimo Cornwell, Brian Simpson, Tracy Carter  (keyboards), Roberto Vally, Freddie Washington, Darryl Williams, David Inamine (bass), Gordon Campbell, Michael White, Land Richards, Sergio Gonzalez (drums), Paul Brown, Fred Schreuders, Paul Jackson Jr., Ray Parker Jr. (guitar), Lenny Castro, Ramon Yslas (percussion), David Benoit (piano) and Peter White (keyboards, guitar).

It is the bright moments that stay with us forever. Beautiful Day featuring Paul Brown on guitar provides us with the suitable background music for these lucky islands of life. Mister Magic (1975) was one of Grover Washington’s most popular albums and often covered. Michael adds a sparkling funky note to his interpretation. The guitar solo of Fred Schreuders is a brainwave freshening the tune.

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Michael Paulo – Beautiful Day

From beginning to end, saxophonist Michael Paulo’s “Beautiful Day,” is a celebration of love, friendship and the Aloha spirit. Opening with the title track inspired by the joyous news that he was going to become a grandfather and closing with the timeless Carole King ode to friendship, “You’ve Got A Friend,” Paulo’s eleventh solo disc dropped on the Apaulo Productions imprint. The collection is comprised of eight Paulo compositions and five modern classics produced by Paulo with two tracks helmed by two-time Grammy winner Paul Brown. The first single presently collecting radio spins and playlist adds spotlights guitarist Ray Parker Jr. on the aptly titled “Who You Gonna Call?”

Inherent in Paulo’s soulful play emoted through tenor, soprano and alto saxes on “Beautiful Day” is an effervescent spirit, a hallmark that perhaps emanates from the DNA of his Hawaiian blood. A genuine sense of gratitude is another vital element present in his recordings. With that ethos, Paulo crafted a set list that enabled him to record with and feature some of his accomplished friends the likes of which include guitarists Parker Jr., Brown, Peter White and Paul Jackson Jr.; pianist David Benoit, keyboardist Brian Simpson, bassists Freddie Washington and Roberto Vally, percussionist Lenny Castro, and drummers Gorden Campbell and Michael White.

“I truly have the best friends in life that always are there to support me. ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ represents why I am able to do what I do. I hope this record will touch people emotionally. My approach to playing has always been about expressing feeling and emotion and drawing the listener in so that they forget all the stress in their lives. I hope it renews their spirit, so they can continue to be happy and express love. When I perform live, my biggest gratification is when I feel that I have uplifted people emotionally and they can go home feeling good about themselves and life in general. That’s our gift as musicians and I am so blessed to be able to do what I do,” said Paulo.

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Michael Paulo – Songs

SongsOne of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.

Paulo grew up in a musical family (his father a pianist, his mother a singer, his siblings all playing instruments) and though he came upon the sax relatively late at age 15, he quickly became first horn player in his high school band and was playing professional gigs around the islands within a few years. Rather than accept a scholarship to North Texas State, he chose a more adventurous road by joining Hawaiian pop/rock band Kalapana, which had some success on the mainland but was most popular in Japan. After playing regularly and recording on all four of Kalapana’s albums from 1975 through 1979, Paulo recorded a solo album for Japanese release on Trio records. In addition to exposing him to the Japanese jazz audience. Tats in the Rainbow gave him the opportunity to work with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock.

Paulo moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and quickly established himself by playing with percussionist Ray Armondo and a local R&B outfit featuring members of Rufus. Two years later, he caught his big break when Al Jarreau hired him for his touring band. The young saxman became an integral part of the Jarreau experience while touring the world for the next decade. Paulo also gained international recognition as a result of his work on Jarreau’s famed ‘Live in London’ release. In 1988 Paulo recorded his first Major solo release One Passion on MCA records which was critically acclaimed as one of the most influential recordings in contemporary Jazz. He has since released nine solo projects with the latest entitled Songs, a compilation of his compositions over the years and featuring two new tracks.

Songs is now on sale at the world’s greatest independent music platform CDBaby.

Michael Paulo – Michael Paulo with the Magenta Orchestra

Michael Paulo explores new territory with this new release arranged and conducted by David Benoit. An international project featuring the Magenta Symphony Orchestra based out of Jakarta Indonesia, Michael soars effortlessly through lush orchestral arrangements of three of his original compositions and three popular instrumentals.

Backed by some of the world’s finest musicians such as Harvey Mason, and Michael White on Drums, Bassist Freddie Washington and Alex Al, Paul Jackson Jr, Allen Hinds on guitar and Lenny Castro on Percussion. With the incredible David Benoit at his side this recording is bound to be critically acclaimed through out the world!

With seven solo efforts to date this new release is going to please Michael’s fans and garner him some new recognition. A long time member of The Al Jarreau Band Michael Launched his solo career in 1988 with his with his record debut on MCA records. After numerous stints with some of the top names in Jazz , Pop and R&B Michael has toured throughout The US , South America, Africa, Europe and Asia . His emotive style of playing has touched the hearts of millions of people. Sax with Passion and Soul !

Michael Paulo with the Magenta Orchestra is now on sale at CDBaby.