Dressed to Chill

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Soprano saxist Marion Meadows has been a crown prince in the smooth jazz court for so long, it's easy to wonder if he remembers his days woodshedding with Joe Henderson and Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra. He's been wildly successful, and his time with the Heads Up label has hardly been wasted; his rep is deep and wide, and his records move. Unlike a better selling counterpart on the same instrument, Meadows has a keen sense of rhythm and pitch, and his tonal control is top-notch. Given the tunes here, interchangeable deep relaxing grooves that borrow on everything from trip-hop to jazz, and house to Wes Montgomery's early experiments -- check "Remember Me," for evidence ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Soprano saxist Marion Meadows has been a crown prince in the smooth jazz court for so long, it's easy to wonder if he remembers his days woodshedding with Joe Henderson and Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra. He's been wildly successful, and his time with the Heads Up label has hardly been wasted; his rep is deep and wide, and his records move. Unlike a better selling counterpart on the same instrument, Meadows has a keen sense of rhythm and pitch, and his tonal control is top-notch. Given the tunes here, interchangeable deep relaxing grooves that borrow on everything from trip-hop to jazz, and house to Wes Montgomery's early experiments -- check "Remember Me," for evidence of the latter -- it's easy to forget the individuality Meadows possesses not only on soprano, but also on tenor and flute (he employs all three on "Coco Flow,") as well as alto on the opening title track. He duets with himself on soprano and tenor on "Bounce" and "Remember Me." Meadows' key collaborator here is composer, programmer, and keyboard whiz Mike Broening. He's the guy who comes up with the skeletal, wispy rhythm loops -- leaving the need for a drummer non-existent. There are three tracks with vocals here, "Miss Know It All," an urban soul ballad with Will Brock doing his best Terence Trent D'Arby, and "1000 Dreams" with Caji Da Bahia, an overblown sunstorm of loaded overdubbing. The cover of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" is an understated ballad with some beautiful phrasing by Meadows, even when the all too familiar chorus kicks in. When the backing vocalists -- Vanessa and Lori Williams and Raymond Reeder -- enter, they are so utterly masked by production technique, it's hard to tell they are real singers. But it works, especially in the bridge when Meadows actually plays some blues lines. Meadows is a seriously gifted if unchallenged musician. He could use a new writing partner, but that doesn't mean that Dressed to Chill won't satisfy fans; it most certainly will.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361310622
  • Catalog Number: 3106
  • Sales rank: 40,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dressed to Chill (4:01)
  2. 2 Remember Me (4:17)
  3. 3 Dance with My Daughter (4:43)
  4. 4 Miss Know It All (4:35)
  5. 5 Bounce (4:32)
  6. 6 I Believe I Can Fly (4:36)
  7. 7 Coco Flow (4:20)
  8. 8 Just My Style (4:31)
  9. 9 Scent of a Woman (5:20)
  10. 10 Steppers...Let's Do This (4:05)
  11. 11 1000 Dreams (6:09)
  12. 12 To Love Her (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marion Meadows Primary Artist, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mel Brown Bass
Randy Bowland Guitar
Freddie Fox Guitar, Flugelhorn, Electric Guitar
Chuck Loeb Guitar, Soloist
Raymond Reeder Background Vocals
Will Brock Vocals
Mike Broening Piano, Keyboards
Thano Sahnas Acoustic Guitar, Soloist
Lori Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Marion Meadows Composer, Producer
Dave Love Executive Producer
Robert Kelly Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Will Brock Composer, Producer
Mike Broening Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
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