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Mike MacArthur – Feels Like Home

Saxophonist Mike MacArthur from Tampa, Florida worked and toured with Maynard Ferguson and Diane Schuur. He also has connections to smooth jazz musicians like Rick Braun, Brian Bromberg, Jeff Golub, Roger Waters, Franki Valli, Peter White, Craig Chaquico, Rick Derringer, Chieli Minucci and Jeff Kashiwa.

After his albums Paradise Point (2000), Deal Me In (2002), That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout (2006), Live ‘N Kickin’ (2009) he returns with his fifth solo album Feels Like Home (2013). Produced by bassist Brian Bromberg Mike shared the recordings with Alex Acuna (percussion), Ron Reinhardt (piano/B3 organ), Gannin Arnold (guitar), Frank “Third” Richardson (drums), and vocalists Janelle Sadler and Alva Copeland. The album also features guest musicians like Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub and more.

The album starts in full swing with Filthy McNasty. Horace Silver would like this fine rendition. The band continues this style celebrating Joe Zawinul’s Birdland. With Sanctified MacArthur delivers a glowing contemporary composition under the aforementioned musicians’ full participation. Feels Like Home is Mike’s musical statement, where he stands now.

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Mike MacArthur – Feels Like Home

Mike MacArthur

“When are you going to let me make a record with you?” For years, Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg posed this question to saxophonist Mike MacArthur. Finally the saxman acquiesced. He grabbed his tenor horn, hopped a jet and camped out in Bromberg’s Los Angeles-area home studio until the record was complete. The two musicians invited a handful of their high-profile friends over to play on the album, “Feels Like Home,” which will be released June 4th by Paradise Point Music. Bromberg produced and plays acoustic bass on the 10-song multihued mix of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz and blues that features contributions from trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Jeff Golub. The tabernacle temblor “Sanctified,” the disc’s gospel-inspired first single, is already gracing radio playlists and ascending the charts.

“’Sanctified’ is kind of the mack daddy track on the album because everyone is on it. It was the most labor-intensive tune to record,” said MacArthur, who will open for Grammy-winner Queen Latifah on Tuesday (March 26) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. “The whole album, which began with Brian (Bromberg), is simply friends making music because they want to. These guys are friends and family who I’ve worked with over the years and it felt like home hanging out playing what we wanted to play. Working with players like this just makes you a better player. It was a fun and enjoyable hang.” Continue reading