Anderson stands for variety, inventiveness and creativity. Be it
smooth jazz, funk or gospel music, the combination of coffee and
music or the connection of music with comic characters, he always
delivers new surprises.
His new album Hero takes borrowings from the popular
world of comic heroes as well as urban R&B. Due to the network he
has built up in the meantime, Marcus can fall back on a large
number of musical collages for the recording of his album. First
to mention is keyboardist Nicholas Cole, with whom he has already
worked on the albums "TLC" Tender Loving Christmas,
Now, And Coffee, Limited Edition, and My Inspiration
Vol.2. A further producer/programmer is keyboardist Derrick
Adams, who also worked with Marcus on various projects.
Furthermore involved are Doc Jr., Michael Fields and Demetrice
Everett. Now to name the other musicians in detail would go beyond
the scope of this review.
The album opens with the title song, that starts where New Edition
or Johnny Gill left off. At this point Marcus Anderson steps in as
one of the coolest saxmen with that extra punch that makes him so
On Just a Taste Marcus delivers a sassy rollin' groove
featuring Tim Bowman's immortal guitar chords. When sweetness has
a face, then it's the one of Jazmin Ghent. She performs on Your
Touch tenor sax, while Marcus shows his skills as
multi-instrumentalist playing soprano, alto, tenor sax, flute,
vocals and lead bass.
On The Right Track features pianist Bob Baldwin who
Marcus already worked with on Bob's album Never Out Of Season.
On A Brighter Smile Marcus is joined by label mate and
bass player Julian Vaughn. A song of melodic bliss. Pure Love
opens the next chapter of Marcus Anderson's career as vocalist. A
climax of coordinated choral harmony with an appropriate layer of
Let's Groove drifts with a ecstatically lashing beat back
into the realm of R&B and Funk. Your Cha' Cha' gives way
to another head-bopper with some crazy Salsa enhanced piano and
the emotional singer Solomon Headen with great vocal enjoyment.
What is hidden behind 2.0? The new edition of the
excellent collaboration between Marcus and guitarist Adam Hawley.
I assume that the name Du Witt refers to a cartoon
character located in the SF area. On this track Marcus works with
Doc Jr. aka DJ Hargrove, both already worked together on Marcus'
album Limited Edition. Marcus plays sax and bass, while
Doc Jr. sings with a talk box. The tune reminds me of Wayman
Krystle Clear allures with mood-setting romance and
charisma. Marcus puts all his heart and soul into his saxophone
performance. On M-Possible rhythm guitar delivers a
continuous beat, the bass is added in temporary sections. This
creates tension, on which Marcus builds up his soft melody and
Nile Hargrove celebrates his synth solo. If loveliness has a
melodic face, then it is that of Unity. Here, the
sweetness of song and saxophone come together.
Marcus Anderson has created a new splendid business idea with
Hero. The customer receives not only the usual CD but in
addition a comic book, quasi the graphic equivalent of Marcus'
music. Wrapped in one package the listener receives delicacies for
the ear and the eye.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Marcus Anderson
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Hero (3:39)
2) Just a Taste (4:00)
3) Your Touch (4:23)
4) On the Right Track (3:58)
5) A Brighter Smile (4:23)
Pure Love (4:08)
7) Let's Groove (4:10)
8) Your Cha' Cha'
9) 2.0 (4:35)
10) Du Witt (4:21)
12) M-Possible (5:02)
13) Unity (4:10)
Style Meets Substance