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Hero

There have been many memorable songs about heroes... David Bowie, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Bonnie Tyler and Phil Collins have all focused on the “hero” theme when writing hits. Saxophonist Marcus Anderson (Prince and The New Power Generation, CeeLo Green, Judith Hill) has developed his hero theme on all 13 original tracks of the new album.

He leads off with the title track that has everything going for it - a happy go lucky theme with killer sax and funky hooks.  It’s one of those uplifting and joyous songs you might hear in a great romantic comedy film - when the hero is having the kind of day like where nothing can go wrong and all is right with the world.  
The next song, 'Just A Taste', featuring guitarist Tim Bowman,  has a riff that doesn’t give up, man!  This is what smooth jazz is all about - feeling good.   Those positive vibes come from a saxophonist whose own heroes include President Barack Obama and Branford Marsalis with whom Marcus studied.  
On 'With Your Touch' saxophonist, Jazmin Ghent, brings her sensual sax riffs - raising our spirits as she and Marcus have a conversation - sort of an instrumental version of what Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell would do with their vocals.  Beautiful stuff indeed. The Motown influence leads to powerful compositions such as ‘On The Right Track’ with Bob Baldwin's relaxing piano drifting in and out. 
Next up is the single, ‘A Brighter Smile’, featuring the incredible,bassist, Julian Vaughn.  This has to be one of my most favourite songs of the year.  Marcus then gets to showcase his Prince school of funk rhythms on ‘Let’s Groove’.  By performing with Prince, Marcus learned first hand how to get an audience to its feet.  Party music = good times to be had by all.  It’s that simple.  Give the people what they want and they’ll support you.  Sounds like a hero to me!

Gary James

Host of The Night Show

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