Melvin Smith, soulful sax man and well musically educated award winner (Chris Spector-Midwest Record Review), is a native of Jacksonville, Florida who began playing saxophone at the age of thirteen. During his early musical development Smith was fortunate to have great musical experiences like performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival and a European tour. Smith attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he received an excellent education in music. Smith later received a Master's Degreein Jazz Studies from Queens College in New York. Since moving to New York Melvin has had the opportunity to play with such artists as Charli Persip, Kim Burell, Hubert Eaves III, Ben Vereen, Michael Henderson, and Norman Connors. Smith has also had the pleasure of opening for Ce Ce Winans and Donnie McClurkin,”. Smith's critically acclaimed 2007 release Portrait has been compared to Donald Byrd's A New Perspective ( Blue Note 1962) and I'm trying to get Home (Blue Note 1964) and Smith's approach has been compared to Hank Mobley by Micheal Gladstone at All About Jazz. Smith has also been compared to Charles Lloyd and George Coleman (John Barron- All About Jazz). Portait mixes different styles and feels for a great project. John Barron writes:
“Portrait” is an honest representation of an artist willing to take chances while respecting the musical traditions of his past
. Smith has the potential to reach a broad audience without compromising an ounce of artistic integrity.Melvin’s New release “Evidence” covers much ground stylistically. “Evidence” showcases a cover of Pat Metheny’s “James” along with a nice downtempo version of Jill Scott’s “Golden”. Smith incorporates a 1960’s post bop version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with a reverent rendition of Fred Hammond’s “You are the Living Word”. Melvin Smith blends musical styles for a musical casserole of perfection. “Evidence” is a must have. Show less
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