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Quintin Gerard W. – Cleared For Takeoff

Cleared+For+Takeoff_Cover_HiRez+SquareQuintin Gerard W. grew up in Norco, Louisiana and attended Destrehan High School where he was a consistent member of the District VI Honor Jazz and Concert Bands of New Orleans where he performed with, the now local legend, Harry Connick Jr. Quintin Gerard W. was also a member of the Louisiana All-State Band in 1983. Quintin Gerard W. was awarded a scholarship in music from Loyola University in New Orleans where he majored in Jazz studies and was astounded at the opportunity to study under noted Jazz master – Ellis Marsalis. Quintin Gerard W.  entire life has been dedicated to music and playing the saxophone. In 1989 Quintin Gerard W. moved to Los Angeles, California where he met and played with many of the top names in “Smooth Jazz.” “I just always wanted to be around and among the best musicians possible so that I could really learn how to play this music.”

With his debut CD entitled “Fnkysax,” Quintin Gerard W. was finding out very quickly that his trademarked “Fonk™” style of playing has a very strong appeal to Jazz, Urban, and R&B listeners who have been seeking out this style of music without being able to find it. Now he returns with his new album Cleared For Takeoff, scheduled for release February 17, 2020 in all stores.

Quintin Gerard W.’s “Cleared for Takeoff” cruises down the runway, takes flight with vibrant melodies and vocals, soars with high altitude solos, and enters orbit around our hearts. A terrific thematic production that brings the worlds of aviation and music together seamlessly (Kabir Segal).

Quintin Gerard W. – Before It’s Gone

Quintin Gerard W. took the Smooth Jazz scene by surprise with his smash hit debut release Fnkysax! His sophomore CD, Perseverance, continued to establish Quintin Gerard W. as one of the pioneers and innovators in the world of Jazz by exploring new and uncharted territories of Urban Contemporary Jazz music! Quintin Gerard W. is blazing the trail and catapulting Jazz music into a future of substance, strength, and popular appeal! Before It’s Gone, the newest CD project for Quintin Gerard W. is an amazing collecting of melodic moods, with funky beats and satisfying sensual grooves!

Before It’s Gone gets off to a seductive start with the sweet, soulfully atmospheric soprano ballads “Sweet Ladies” and “Words Can’t Explain,” then eases into a hypnotically trippy chill mode (complete with cool ambiance, spacey sound effects and clever sax- flute harmonizing) on an invitation to “Buy That Ring.”

A lovely and soothing female voice invites the listener to experience “Nighttime Pleasures” during a brief but emotional interlude that leads to the other side of the coin on the reflective and slightly melancholy beauty of “When Things Don’t Go So Well.” Dramatic film score and lush ambiance meets some of Quintin’s dynamic sax improvisations on the melodic, vocal-laden title track before the sax man eases into the upbeat, lighthearted call during these trying times to “Be Happy People.”

He was studying calculus when he wrote “The Asymptote,” a throwback to high energy 90s house music whose title refers to two lines which come together but never quite touch—a romantic metaphor! Quintin taps into his love of gospel on the uptempo “Our Day Will Come,” then adds graceful flute touches to the thought provoking, futuristic ballad “Nevada Nights”; while Quintin handles the album’s keyboards himself, the throwback track called “Like This, Like That” features a lovely Rhodes piano solo by Eric Nicholas.

Before It’s Gone is now available at CDBaby.