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Vandell Andrew – 30

Hailing from the “Birthplace of Jazz” New Orleans, Vandell Andrew is a part of the new generation of the jazz genre. Years Later… (2011) was his debut album followed by Turn It Up (2014). Since the release of Turn It Up Vandell has been afforded the opportunity to play venues and festivals around the world, such as the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Legendary Ronnie Scott’s in London,UK. In 2016 he released with All For Love an amazing textural piece of sax in the lead.

“The new album is called 30 and it reflects the thoughts that go into reaching that age milestone,” Vandell says. “I’ve always felt like turning 30 is when you become a true adult and your career and life goals become clearer. Musically, I’ve reached a place where I’m confident in what I write, play and perform. My true sound has become evident and the music is much more mature. Don’t get me wrong, I still play a lot of funk live – I’ve just got other things on my mind. This album is so emotional that you can feel me on a whole different level.”

His new album 30 is an all-star cast of musicians/vocalists like De’Marcus Walker, LeTempest Barnes, Britt Frappier, Landa Morgan, Marcus Anderson, Julian C. Vaughn, Matt Godina, Lew Laing Jr, Dirk Pate, Kerry Marshall, Andre Frappier, Phil Martin & Andrew Freeman. With 10 original tracks it is available on CDBaby.

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Vandell Andrew – VA Covers

Hailing from New Orleans saxophonist Vandell Andrew has started his solo career with the album Years Later… in 2011. His sophomore project Turn It Up (2014) and in 2016 All For Love followed soon.

His newest project is entitled VA Covers. Get the album at CDBaby.

Vandell Andrew – All For Love

Hailing from New Orleans saxophonist Vandell Andrew has started his solo career with the album Years Later… in 2011. Soon followed his sophomore project Turn It Up (2014) and this year All For Love.

On his new album he invited professional musicians like Lew Laing (keys and programming), Cory James (bass, keys and additional programming), Earl Diamond, David P. Stevens, Matt Godina, Darrell Crooks and Ash Jangda (guitar), John Fontenot (drums), Brandon Marcel (vocals), Emanuel Wells and Aaron Mason (bass), and Quentin Moore (keys).

Vandell allows Lovers Suite to breath with emotional intonation. Keeping a perfect embouchure he strokes every tone with great heart-melting tenderness and passion. On Better With You he is stepping up the pace performing with wide bandwidth from smooth to forced.

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Vandell Andrew – All For Love

AllForLoveIn June of 2011, Vandell Andrew released his debut album entitled Years Later. This album is a collection of original musical compositions that has been written since he relocated to Texas following the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans. The Years Later album, to date, has been getting rave reviews from smooth jazz fans, music lovers and critics across the world.

With the success of Years Later Vandell decided to release an up-tempo 5 song EP called Turn It Up. Since it’s release, the leading single “Let’s Ride” has reached #1 on the Billboard Charts and has also been nominated for a 2014 Soul Train Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance”. Vandell Andrew’s highly anticipated release is set to release July 29th, 2016. You can pre-order this album at his website.

Vandell Andrew – For Lovers

For LoversHailing from the “birth place of jazz”, Vandell Andrew was immediately infected by the jazz virus. With the saxophone as chosen instrument he joined after the first lessons the infamous St.Augustine “Marching 100” band. Hurricane Katrina forced him to move to Dallas, Texas. Sharing stage with local musicians he had the opportunity to perform with Kirk Whalum and Tom Braxton.

His solo career started with the debut album Years Later … (2011), followed by Turn It Up, an EP with five pieces in 2014. His new EP is entitled For Lovers (2016) and now available at CDBaby.

Vandell Andrew – Turn It Up EP

Turn It UpVandell Andrew’s self-titled debut EP contains just three tracks, but those combined ten minutes speak volumes about the rising sax player. If listeners dig a little deeper, they’ll discover a unique story behind his music. Andrew grew up in New Orleans and started playing trumpet at age 13, soon switching to saxophone at the behest of a teacher. Eventually, Andrew enrolled at Southern University and began studying music under the legendary, improvisation-focused educator and performer Edward “Kidd” Jordan. But Andrew’s opportunity to learn from the master was cut short by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, forcing him to move to Dallas, Texas at age 18. After five years of acclimating himself to Dallas’ music scene, he’s now a rising sax star at the exhilarating age of 23, finding himself in the company of jazz greats like Kirk Whalum and Tom Braxton. This self-titled EP is his first release, and it’s easy to hear how a decade of playing and a life growing up around musicians have coalesced into the mature, confident sound heard here.

Immediately, Andrew’s fearlessness is evident. There’s a certain amount of youthful swagger, blended with his regimented marching-band chops and years of study that pervades his approach. While the overall sound of the EP is mellow, modern cool that often borders on smooth or cocktail, jazz, there’s simply no denying Andrew’s singular voice. Even on the rhythmically mild-mannered opener “Walk My Way,” where breezy acoustic guitars meet swirling synthesizer warbles and neighborly drumming, the sax is noticeably restless. Andrew is a pure, clean player, a trait that often stands in contrast to the whims of musicians with his level of creativity. Improvisers so gifted frequently follow their spirit instead of fussing with sonic quality, but Andrew is able to strike a balance. His big, clear blowing only serves to amplify the impact of his melodic creativity, as evidenced by the playful intro of “At Midnight.” On this emotive tune, Andrew lends drama even to a couple offhanded buildup notes before getting into some conversational, sultry playing that makes an awful lot of entertainment out of 4 minutes.

None of the songs veer very far from the well-traveled, linear track laid by smooth bass grooves, restrained drumming, and broad rhythmic backdrops provided by synthesizers. The final track, “Affliction” is full of bold piano and evocative playing by Andrew, propelled by a beat that is almost purposefully benign. While it’s true that too much rhythmic diversion would dampen the impact of Andrew’s resonant notes, it would have been nice, just for a few of the EP’s five hundred and fifty-nine seconds, to hear what the guy can do when turned completely loose. The crisp, clean air of the smooth jazz set is a fine and fruitful place to be, but Andrew possesses a load of talent begging to be unleashed, and this EP doesn’t give us a very good view of its scope. This release is, hopefully, merely a teaser of what the world will eventually hear from Vandell Andrew.

Turn It Up now at CDBaby.

Vandell Andrew – Years Later …

Hailing from the “birth place of jazz”, Vandell Andrew was immediately infected by the jazz virus. With the saxophone as chosen instrument he joined after the first lessons the infamous St.Augustine “Marching 100” band. Hurricane Katrina forced him to move to Dallas, Texas. Sharing stage with local musicians he had the opportunity to perform with Kirk Whalum and Tom Braxton.

Now it’s time for his solo career and how could it be better started than with a debut album. So I proudly present you Vandell’s first album entitled Years Later … (2011). He has written the tracks over the past five years. You’ll find much of his life experience in these tunes.

In early August 2005, Katrina was just a name. After the hurricane devastated the Gulf Coast many people lost their home like Vandrell Andrew, who describes this situation in his song After The Storm. Could This Be is the raising question featured by Vandell’s soprano sax.

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