Secrets

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Marion Meadows has the talent and the chops to record a truly great album of improvisatory jazz, be it fusion, post-bop, hard bop, cool jazz, or soul-jazz. The soprano saxophonist did, after all, receive his education in jazz from heavyweights like Eddie Daniels, Norman Connors, and the late Joe Henderson. But regrettably, Meadows has spent most of his career catering to smooth jazz stations and offering lightweight background music. Secrets, like so many formulaic smooth sax albums, has a strong Grover Washington, Jr. influence but generally lacks Washington's grit, edginess, or sense of adventure. There have been numerous Washington disciples in smooth jazz from Najee ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Marion Meadows has the talent and the chops to record a truly great album of improvisatory jazz, be it fusion, post-bop, hard bop, cool jazz, or soul-jazz. The soprano saxophonist did, after all, receive his education in jazz from heavyweights like Eddie Daniels, Norman Connors, and the late Joe Henderson. But regrettably, Meadows has spent most of his career catering to smooth jazz stations and offering lightweight background music. Secrets, like so many formulaic smooth sax albums, has a strong Grover Washington, Jr. influence but generally lacks Washington's grit, edginess, or sense of adventure. There have been numerous Washington disciples in smooth jazz from Najee to Dave Koz to Kenny G to the late George Howard, and most of them have played it much, much safer than their idol -- which is what Meadows does most of the time on Secrets. Overall, this 2009 release is a decidedly conservative affair from Meadows, who plays mostly soprano sax but gets in some tenor sax and clarinet as well. But Secrets does have its moments. This CD contains a memorable version of Pat Metheny's Brazilian-influenced "Here to Stay," and "The Shade Tree" which is one of Secrets' vocal offerings has an appealing, Michael Franks-ish quality. Also enjoyable is the Latin-tinged "Sand Dancers." So even though Secrets favors a by-the-book approach most of the time, Meadows occasionally lets loose and gambles with inspiration. One wishes, however, that he did it a lot more often. Secrets will probably be well received by the smooth jazz program directors that Meadows is going after, but he is capable of so much more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361315023
  • Catalog Number: 3150
  • Sales rank: 25,884

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Secrets (4:18)
  2. 2 Let the Top Down (4:02)
  3. 3 You Lift My Heart (5:54)
  4. 4 Soul Sugar (4:03)
  5. 5 The Child in Me (4:07)
  6. 6 Sand Dancers (4:52)
  7. 7 Playtime (5:05)
  8. 8 Flirt (4:20)
  9. 9 Friends (4:54)
  10. 10 Urban Angels (5:13)
  11. 11 The Shade Tree - Impromp2 (5:57)
  12. 12 Here to Stay (6:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marion Meadows Primary Artist, Clarinet, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Brian Keane Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Mel Brown Bass, Bass Guitar
Charlie Karp Vocals
Johnny Britt Trumpet, Vocals, Various
Freddie Fox Guitar
Perry Hughes Guitar, Soloist
Jay Rowe Piano, Soloist
Tony Verdejo Percussion
Michael White Drums
Will Brock Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, keyboard bass
Chip Shearin Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Mike Broening Keyboards
Anthony Church Saxophone
Jesse McGuire Trumpet, Soloist
Sean Patrick Thomas Vocals
Brian Chartrand Vocals
Rachel Eckroth Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Ted Zimmerman Trumpet
Steve "Jabari" Kersey Drums
Orly Penate Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Maria Meadows Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Morgan Guitar
Philip Hamilton Vocals
Roberto Vazquez Piano, Horn
Technical Credits
Brian Keane Composer, Producer, Contributor, drum programming, Audio Production
Bobby McFerrin Composer
Marion Meadows Composer, Concept
Pat Metheny Composer
Charlie Karp Composer
Johnny Britt Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Dave Love Executive Producer, Audio Production
Lyle Mays Composer
Keith Chirgwin Engineer
Paul Blakemore Mastering, Remastering
Will Brock Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Chip Shearin Producer, Engineer
Mike Broening Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mike White Engineer
Jeff Frez Albrecht Engineer
Sean Patrick Thomas Composer
Orly Penate Arranger, Composer, Programming
Roberto Vazquez Composer
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