Artist: Michael Lington
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Nu Groove Records
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Total Time: 42:34 min
Total Size: 297 MB / 111 MB
WebSite: Album Preview
01. You And I [03:55]
02. Chuva (feat. Torcuato Mariano) [04:04]
03. Ocean Drive [04:05]
04. Baker Street (feat. Ace Young) [05:00]
05. Angelina [04:16]
06. Memphis [04:06]
07. That’s When You Save Me (feat. Aaron Neville) [04:23]
08. Ladyland [04:45]
09. Shout About Ya’ (feat. Keely Hawkes) [03:32]
10. Nostalgia (feat. Michael Sembello) [04:24]
NuGroove Records has unleashed the new album Heat from smooth jazz designer Michael Lington. Lingtons saxophone playing is smoking with soft wafting fumes that engulf “Thats When You Save Me” and thick billowing plumes which add fodder to the funky rhythmic grooves of “Shout About Ya.” Every note from Lingtons saxophone has a sophisticated stroll whether it is the emotive puffs he plays along Gerry Raffertys tune “Baker Street” or the satiny phrases he performs through “Ladyland.” The music is finessed to express a rich palette of positive moods, from the celebratory ringing of “You And I” to the affectionate strokes of “Chuva” and “Angelina” showcasing Lingtons Artistry as a poetic balladeer. Heat is an album that can warm up any home and stoke those fireplaces that have gone dim.
The dancefloor beats of “Memphis” are roped in a funky ravel of Lingtons slinky saxophone wraps and Michael Landaus guitar slings. Lington keeps the listeners feet dancing with the upbeat tempo of “Ocean Drive” and rigging smoothly rolled funky swirls along “Shout About Ya” featuring the femininely enchanting Keely Hawkes on lead vocals. The softer shades of “Ladyland” and “Angelina” are geared towards creating a ambient mood for lovers, picturing them holding hands while walking along a moonlit beach. The intimate setting of these tracks is daydreamy and Lington is very astute at putting the listener in a euphoric stupor. His album shows a dedication to making music that rises up to a level of sheer ecstasy and he brings out a vast arsenal on Raffertys “Baker Street” as Ace Young of American Idol fame sings lead vocals, and on Claude Kellys song “Thats When You Save Me” with Aaron Neville on lead vocals and Kelly on backing vocals. The sweet sensations emanating from the tailpipe of Lingtons saxophone are intoxicating, but he brings out his best riffs on the closing track “Nostalgia.” His crescendos have a stunning shimmer that pulls listeners up to their feet wanting to soar with his notes. Its a brilliant piece of work that all audiences can appreciate.
Danish born Michael Lington has a number of chart topping singles under his belt since the release of his debut album in 1997. After relocating to the US and recently becoming an American citizen on March 20th, 2008, Lington has recorded and/or performed over the years with such luminaries as Little Richard, Randy Crawford and Bobby Caldwell. He has parlayed his experiences as a sideman into becoming a solo recording Artist. Five albums and ten R&R hits later, Lington has earned the respect of his peers and recently toured with Barry Manilow. His sixth solo album Heat was produced chiefly by himself and his keyboardist Greg Phillinganes with Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Santana, The Grateful Dead) producing three tracks on the album. The album is called Heat for a very good reason, and youll understand why from the first listen.
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