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Reggie Codrington – Against The Odds

Like a lot of veteran artists who have taken many recordings to break through, Codrington has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, even as he’s made a living performing for many years. That commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”

His newest album is aptly titled Against The Odds and available at Amazon.com.

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Reggie Codrington – Always in Motion

Always in MotionThis truly exciting, in the pocket 10 track set starts off with “Party Time,” which balances its dreamy retro-cool soul atmospheres with a bright and buoyant horn driven energy featuring rich brass flourishes and nonstop funk. Next up is the debut single “LA Nights”, which alternates dynamically between dreamy, atmospheric verses and the spirited, mid-tempo funked up hook. Urban jazz fans will also love the mid-tempo romance of “The Way You Move Me” (penned by Nils and Reggie and featuring the Codringtons soaring horn play) and the lighthearted and reflective, gently percussive “Out on the Road”. Codrington’s emergence in urban jazz circles is powerfully confirmed by the towering company he keeps, from #1 recording artist Nils (who produced the project, composed some of these wildly infectious pieces and lends his slick guitar, bass, keyboards and drum programming) to keyboard master Jeff Lorber (spicing up “Funky 21”) and the late, great R&B/jazz drum icon Ricky Lawson lending his groove to four tracks. Even more impressive is the glorious father/son horns of Reggie and his trumpeter dad Ray, whose tandem magic drives the emotion of most of the tracks.

Versatile smooth jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington hits a milestone with his 10th CD, Always in Motion, which follows 2012’s critically acclaimed Vicarious Experience. He’s joined by pianist Jeff Lorber and the late Ricky Lawson, whose deft and skillful drumming is always a welcome addition to the bottom end. Smooth jazz guitarist Nils, a regular presence on radio, produced and wrote much of the vibrant material. Codrington, who commands the soprano sax with verve, drawing comparisons with such icons as Grover Washington Jr. and Kenny G, kicks if off with “Party Time”, a smooth groove with guitar wah-wahs and layered brass bursts – a perfect song for a sunny drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. In fact, “Always in Motion” features a number of songs the North Carolina native dedicated to the West Coast.

On “LA Nights,” mournful sax lines transition smoothly to midtempo grooves, sublimely capturing the many moods of the after-hours, while “Out on the Road” and “Baja California” are as sweet and memorable song as you’ll hear this year or next. And “Baja California” offers a sultry vibe (hey, there’s even a few cricket sounds) where Codrington allows himself a chance to show off his sax skills with some tempting runs up and down his instrument. Elsewhere, “You Can’t Stop Me” shows the mark of confident musician proud of his ability to deliver a raucous tune sure to have fans dancing in the aisles during live shows. Like the sweet stuff? “Alley Cat” is buffeted by strings, and the melancholy “The Way You Move Me” is perfect for a shared nightcap. Always in Motion is now on sale at CDBaby.

Reggie Codrington – Never Let You Go

Never Let You GoDiscerning urban jazz fans searching for something new to get jazzed and groove about don’t need to have A Vicarious Experience to make it happen—they just need to get hip to the melodic and cool old school soul meets contemporary funk of veteran saxophonist Reggie Codrington. While the Fayetteville, North Carolina native is new on many people’s radars, he’s actually been performing and recording since the early 90s and has eight previous CDs, several under the name Reggie C; the most recent of these are Sunny Days (2008),Vision of Dreams (2010), Christmas With Pops (2009) and Journey Back Home (2005), which was produced by Phil Davis, who has worked with Stanley Clarke, George Duke and Al Jarreau, among many others.

His latest project, which is produced by and features the tenacious bass playing of Brian Morgan (whose many credits include George Benson), A Vicarious Experience finds Codrington—whose primary voice is the curved soprano sax–in a romantic, optimistic mood, using the changing vibes of the songs (and the listener’s imagination) to chronicle the ups, downs, excitement and challenges of a romantic relationship from track to track. While many artists cite their parents as prime influences on their careers, Codrington takes that one step further, inviting his father Ray—who helped Codrington develop his skills and learn improvisation—to play trumpet throughout the recording.

Never Let You Go is the first album from aspiring saxophonist, Reggie Codrington. He makes his debut album now available at CDBaby.

Reggie Codrington – Expressions

ExpressionsBorn in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Reggie Codrington, is the son of the nationally known musician and bandleader Ray Codrington who played with some of the greatest musicians ever known such as: Little Richard, Gladys Knight, and the late Jackie Wilson, just to name a few. Reggie fondly remembers his father’s band practicing in the family’s den. His entire little boy dreams were of music. “I guess one would say I was born into music,” he says.

A pivotal point in Reggie’s life and career came on his eighteenth birthday when his parents presented him with a curved soprano saxophone. This instrument led to a major transformation as it offered a comfortable way to play that he had not yet experienced. The curved instrument allowed him to use a neck strap for a more comfortable fit for his arm and allowed for more finger dexterity and coordination. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche. I fell in love,” Reggie nostalgically recalls. After graduation and armed with his new instrument, Reggie continued his study of music at Howard University where he started to develop his own personal style and truly grow as a musician. Receiving accolades from professors and friends also lit a fire in his soul to keep perfecting his special gift.

Currently, Reggie stays busy as he continues to perfect his craft and compose new music in the recording studio. His ultimate goal is to go on tour and share his music and his triumphant story of overcoming the physical challenges of being disabled. His vision is to tour the world talking to young people and sharing how he overcame a debilitating disability, ridicule in his youth, and unsavory independent labels as he traveled on his road to jazz greatness.

For the first time Reggie presents his earlier works with Expressions at CDBaby.

Reggie Codrington – Journey Back Home

Reggie Codrington is the son of the nationally known musician and bandleader Ray Codrington, who played with numerous soul legends, including Little Richard, Gladys Knight and the late Jackie Wilson. The saxman fondly remembers his father’s band practicing in the family’s den, and his childhood was marked by dreams of making music. By age five, Codrington learned how to read music and the fundamentals of musicianship. But his ACP—which required nine intense surgeries before he was 13—delayed his ability to play the sax for many years. Those afflicted with the condition often have poor coordination and walk unsteadily with a wide based gait. The surgeries involved muscles being alternately cut and transferred from his elbow, wrist and right tricep to improve his finger dexterity. Other muscles were cut from his leg to offer more mobility and make it easier to walk.

Codrington discovered that music could transcend him to a place of tranquility and offer a way to escape from the stress of life with a disability. Immersing himself in his music, Reggie was encouraged to join his school band where he found acceptance from his peers. And the ridicule he once encountered from his schoolmates was replaced with respect for his talent as a musician. Receiving the curved soprano allowed him to use a neck strap for a more comfortable fit for his arm and allowed for more finger dexterity and coordination. Armed with his new instrument, Reggie continued his study of music at Howard University where he started to develop his own personal style and truly grow as a musician. Receiving accolades from professors and friends also lit a fire in his soul to keep perfecting his special gift.

His ultimate goal is to go on tour and share his music and his triumphant story of overcoming the physical challenges of being disabled. His vision is to tour the world talking to young people and sharing how he overcame a debilitating disability, ridicule in his youth, and unsavory independent labels as he traveled on his road to success in the contemporary jazz world.

Reggie is a frequent contributor to the smooth jazz world with haunting melodies. His new album Journey Back Home is now available at CDBaby.

Reggie Codrington – Vicarious Experience

Discerning urban jazz fans searching for something new to get jazzed and groove about don’t need to have Vicarious Experience to make it happen—they just need to get hip to the melodic and cool old school soul meets contemporary funk of veteran saxophonist Reggie Codrington. While the Fayetteville, North Carolina native is new on many people’s radars, he’s actually been performing and recording since the early 90s and has eight previous CDs, several under the name Reggie C; the most recent of these are Sunny Days (2008), Vision of Dreams (2010), Christmas With Pops (2009) and Journey Back Home (2005), which was produced by Phil Davis, who has worked with Stanley Clarke, George Duke and Al Jarreau, among many others.

His latest project, which is produced by and features the tenacious bass playing of Brian Morgan (whose many credits include George Benson), Vicarious Experience finds Codrington—whose primary voice is the curved soprano sax–in a romantic, optimistic mood, using the changing vibes of the songs (and the listener’s imagination) to chronicle the ups, downs, excitement and challenges of a romantic relationship from track to track. While many artists cite their parents as prime influences on their careers, Codrington takes that one step further, inviting his father Ray—who helped Codrington develop his skills and learn improvisation—to play trumpet throughout the recording.

“When I make a record, I always want to have a warm sound with harmonies,” he says, “and in this case that means having dad play a lot of horn parts and percussion. When we were making the album, I found myself in a 70s and 80s type groove, inspired by everyone from De La Soul funk rhythms to Sade and Parliament. I grew up listening to old school R&B/funk so that’s a pretty natural influence for me. The process began with Brian sending me some great tracks and me putting melodies to them, then arranging harmonies and atmospheres around my lead sax. The romantic story thread emerged from the emotions I was experiencing at the time with the lady I was dating. I thought it might be fun to invite people into my musical heart this way.”

Like a lot of veteran artists who have taken many recordings to break through, Codrington has survived his share of disappointments in the music industry, even as he’s made a living performing for many years. That commitment to overcoming obstacles stems from the difficulties in his childhood dealing with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy (ACP), a chronic condition that affects muscle coordination and depth perception. Receiving a curved soprano sax on his 18th birthday led to a major transformation, offering a comfortable way to play that he had not previously experienced. “Something magical happened, and I knew I had found my niche,” he says. “I fell in love.”

Vicarious Experience is Reggie’s special offer at CDBaby.

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