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Paula Atherton – Shake It

Saxophonist Paula Atherton is one of those go-getters who have made it to the top in the music business. She started her solo projects with Let Me Inside Your Love (2001), followed by Groove with Me (2009), Enjoy The Ride (2012) and Ear Candy (2015). Her newest album is Shake It (2018).

Mentioned in the liner notes are Dave Delhome, Darin Brown, Jorgen Kjaer, Bill Heller (keyboards), Schuyler Deale, Ron Monroe, Roy DeJesus (bass), Emedin Rivera (percussion), Lou Gimenez, Nick Colionne (guitar), Lionell Cordew, Tony Lewis (drums), Cindy Bradley (trumpet, trombone), and Melissa Raye (background vocals). Paula performs on her album flute, alto sax, Bari sax and vocals.

Most of the songs are written by Paula Atherton, in parts with other musicians. Nick Colionne has written one song and the album has one cover.

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Paula Atherton – Ear Candy

Ear CandyPaula Atherton has loved music all her life and first became active in grade school in the chorus as well as picking up flute in fourth grade. After getting an alto sax in her teens, her attention turned to jazz. Paula began playing with bands in all of these styles and eventually began leading one of her own – usually backed by a rhythm quartet but occasionally with percussion, a trumpet and background vocalists on the sweetest gigs. Paula’s actual first CD Let Me Inside Your Love, a compilation of several different kinds of things she’d been recording in her early years, was completed in 2001 but not promoted until 2004. She considers her second release, Groove With Me, to be her official first CD.

Today Paula’s embrace of life is even more fortified as reflected in the music of her latest release Enjoy The Ride (2012) and beyond. Paula even dipped her toes in the waters of movie music creating a smoky score of sax and upright bass only for the 2004 actor’s life documentary The Definition of Insanity. Now you can await her new album Ear Candy, which will be released on February 17, 2015. Pre-order your copy at

Paula Atherton – Enjoy The Ride

Female saxophone players are nothing unusual in the world of smooth jazz. Candy Dulfer, Jazzy J, Mindi Abair, Pamela Williams are probably the most known. Paula Atherton is another one, who deserves a broader attention.

Like many others, she counts jazz saxophonists such as Charlie “Bird” Parker, Lee Konitz, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Bob Mintzer to her strongest influences.

However Paula preferred the smooth jazz style on her solo projects Let Me Inside Your Love (2001), Groove with Me (2009) and last year Enjoy The Ride. Especially the single Sassy Strut featuring guitarist Nick Colionne is currently on heavy rotation on many American radio stations.

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