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Paul Messina – Blue Fire

BlueFireMulti Instrumentalist (Flutes, Saxophones, Keyboards, Synth Sequencing), Composer, Arranger and Producer Paul Messina is an accomplished musician who has experienced the full spectrum of the musical realm, from playing with a variety of bands and working with a wide range of musicians, in both the recording and producing capacity, to composing and arranging music, as well as playing an assortment of instruments. Paul’s quest for musical knowledge has lead him to study under the tutelage of some jazz greats in addition to his worldly experience. He is presently the lead arranger for producer Gary M. Vandy, and the bandleader for the Contemporary Jazz group “Flashpoint”.

After nearly 40 years as a Flautist, Paul began playing the saxophone as his main instrument in 2005. He has released two albums as a solo artist (Musical Bridges 2014 and Gratitude 2018). Gary M. Vandy co-produced and mixed/mastered the albums. His next release was a collaboration with Bassist Mark R. Harris “The Bigger Picture, released in June 2019. His newest project is Blue Fire (2021).

Buy this album on Paul’s website.

Paul Messina – Return To Sanity

meta_eyJzcmNCdWNrZXQiOiJiemdsZmlsZXMifQ==Paul Messina is an accomplished musician who has experienced the full spectrum of the musical realm, from playing with a variety of bands and working with a wide range of musicians, in both the recording and producing capacity, to composing and arranging music, as well as playing an assortment of instruments. Paul’s quest for musical knowledge has lead him to study under the tutelage of some jazz greats in addition to his worldly experience. He is presently the lead arranger for producer Gary M. Vandy, and the bandleader for the Contemporary Jazz group “Flashpoint”.

After nearly 40 years as a Flautist, Paul began playing the saxophone as his main instrument in 2005. His release is a collaboration with Bassist Mark R. Harris “The Bigger Picture, released in June 2019.  His has released two albums as a solo artist (Musical Bridges 2014 and Gratitude 2018). Gary M. Vandy co-produced and mixed/mastered the albums. Paul Messina’s and Mark R. Harris’ second collaboration album was released in 2021 entitled Return To Sanity.

Buy his albums here.

Paul Messina – Nightwalk

Hot off The Bigger Picture, his multi-faceted 2019 dual album with bassist Mark R. Harris, multi-talented veteran flutist and saxophonist Paul Messina stirs up a similarly stylistically eclectic mix on his latest solo album Nightwalk. The engaging collection finds the Miami-based artist tapping into his freewheeling passions for funky jazz fusion, balmy Caribbean, Latin and Brazilian, exotic Eastern tinged sounds and magic and lyrical and mystical atmospheric chill-jazz. While alternating between his muscular sax and virtuous flute – sometimes playfully blending them on a single track – Messina and Platinum and Gold record winning producer/engineer Gary Vandy create their unique sonic world using synths and MIDI programming to artfully manipulate sound. Recommended by smoothjazz.com.

Buy the album on Paul Messina’s website.

Paul Messina and Mark Harris – The Bigger Picture

Multi Instrumentalist (Flutes, Saxophones, Keyboards, Synth Sequencing), Composer, Arranger and Producer Paul Messina is an accomplished musician who has experienced the full spectrum of the musical realm, from playing with a variety of bands and working with a wide range of musicians, in both the recording and producing capacity, to composing and arranging music, as well as playing an assortment of instruments. Paul’s quest for musical knowledge has lead him to study under the tutelage of some jazz greats in addition to his worldly experience. He is presently the lead arranger for producer Gary M. Vandy, and the bandleader for the Contemporary Jazz group “Flashpoint”.

Mark Harris is an incredibly accomplished musician; a phenomenal player/composer/performer whose talent and expertise will grip your attention. Mark’s first love is acoustic string bass, but he is completely at home on an electric instrument, up to and including seven-string fretted and fretless bass guitar (for which he has an endorsement from Conklin Musical Instruments). His musicality, vast knowledge and stylistic range are truly amazing! He plays everything with equal power and perfection. His musical interpretations are flawless–whether he’s playing his own compositions or those written by others. His original material is refreshing, with a lyrical feel, punctuated by interesting, memorable melody lines and a dynamic rhythmic quality.

Together they make The Bigger Picture. Listen and download the album on their website.