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CD Release with very special guests
January 22, 2014
w/ special guest appearances by Howard Hewett, Lawrence Matthews, Derick Hughes, Sakai and Fred Ross
Wednesday, January 22
Appaloosa, Tony Saunders’ latest release on San Francisco Records is a Contemporary Jazz and soulful R&B romantic journey. Saunders, bassist extraordinaire and two-time Emmy winner, has recorded and performed with many great artists including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Herbie Hancock, and many others.
Appaloosa is Saunders’ follow up to "Romancing the Bass", which received worldwide attention and launched his solo career. The album blends a smooth mix of instrumental and vocal performances that showcase Saunders’ sense of melody and romance. It also brings together some of Saunders’ favorite singers and musicians. Grammy winning vocalist Howard Hewett breaks out an unbelievable old school ballad performance on the Saunders composition "My First Love". Bill Champlin, former lead singer of Chicago, updates the Gino Vannelli classic "Appaloosa", which is reminiscent of The Rippingtons’ best work and highlights Bill Hampton's exciting guitar playing. Santana lead vocalist Tony Lindsay, featured on Saunders’ debut album, returns with a great R&B number "I Heart You."
The smooth jazz single "Sandy Shores of Monterey" is an original Saunders' instrumental composition that was inspired by a visit there and transports listeners to the sand, surf and beauty of the area. Rock Hendricks, sax man for Paul Hardcastle and the Jazzmasters, is featured on "Interlude in Paris", and Tom Politzer from Tower of Power plays sax on "Romancing My Life.”
Saunders recruits Train background vocalist Sakai to perform lead vocals on Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" as well as his composition "The Question Is", a sleek duet with Fred Ross. Saunders reaches into his Gospel roots with his tribute to the late Walter Hawkins with one of his biggest gospel hits, "What is This", arranged by Edwin Hawkins. Gospel great Lawrence Matthews, turns in an outstanding and moving vocal performance on the track. Another Saunders original composition "Falling in Love", features Roberta Flack singer Derick Hughes with a love song that could easily be a theme for any romantic movie. To round out this musical journey Saunders pays tribute to Michael Jackson with "Lady in My Life", and ends this perfect romantic adventure with "This Love of Mine", an easy and rhythmic instrumental featuring guitarist Jeff Pevar and percussionist Juan Escovedo. Each song on Appaloosa has its own distinct personality, and they all come together to create an exciting and creative body of work that makes you fall in love all over again. Appaloosa is available now on iTunes and Amazon.