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“Feels Like Home” Thanks To Saxman MacArthur’s Friends

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Album “Sanctified” by the appearance of Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber and Jeff Golub

Tampa, FL: “When are you going to let me make a record with you?” For years, Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg
Brian Bromberg
Brian Bromberg
b.1960
bass
posed this question to saxophonist Mike MacArthur. Finally the saxman acquiesced. He grabbed his tenor horn, hopped a jet and camped out in Bromberg’s Los Angeles-area home studio until the record was complete. The two musicians invited a handful of their high-profile friends over to play on the album, “Feels Like Home,” which will be released June 4th by Paradise Point Music. Bromberg produced and plays acoustic bass on the 10-song multihued mix of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz and blues that features contributions from trumpeter Rick Braun
Rick Braun
Rick Braun
b.1955
trumpet
, keyboardist Jeff Lorber
Jeff Lorber
Jeff Lorber
b.1952
keyboard
and guitarist Jeff Golub
Jeff Golub
Jeff Golub
b.1955
guitar
. The tabernacle temblor “Sanctified,” the disc’s gospel-inspired first single, is already gracing radio playlists and ascending the charts.

“’Sanctified’ is kind of the mack daddy track on the album because everyone is on it. It was the most labor-intensive tune to record,” said MacArthur, who will open for Grammy-winner Queen Latifah on Tuesday (March 26) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. “The whole album, which began with Brian (Bromberg), is simply friends making music because they want to. These guys are friends and family who I’ve worked with over the years and it felt like home hanging out playing what we wanted to play. Working with players like this just makes you a better player. It was a fun and enjoyable hang.”

The circle of friends was completed by noted percussionist Alex Acuna, Ron Reinhardt (piano/B3 organ), Gannin Arnold (guitar), Frank “Third” Richardson (drums), and vocalists Janelle Sadler and Alva Copeland. With MacArthur’s impassioned and skilled sax anchoring the album along with plenty of walking bass deftly deployed by Bromberg, each guest is given ample room to dazzle on extended improvisational solos and generous track lengths. Bromberg’s productions sound live and as one would expect from this list of friends, the level of musicianship is scholarly.

Typical of when jazz musicians gather to jam, most of the songs on “Feels Like Home” are standards culled from legends and masters such as Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
(“Jean Pierre”), Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
(“In A Sentimental Mood”), Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
b.1930
saxophone
(“Blue Seven”), Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
1932 - 2007
keyboard
(“Birdland”) and Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
(“Filthy McNasty”). MacArthur authored a trio of new compositions for the set, including the warm and cozy title track, “Around The Corner,” a shuffling blues cut penned with Golub’s gritty blues guitar chops in mind, and the swinging “Sydney Style.”

Raised in Rochester, NY and currently residing in Tampa, FL, MacArthur toured the U.S., Asia and Europe backing Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
Maynard Ferguson
1928 - 2006
trumpet
followed by a road stint with Grammy-winner Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
Diane Schuur
b.1953
vocalist
. Over the years, he’s worked with Braun, Bromberg, Golub, Roger Waters, Franki Valli, Peter White
Peter White
Peter White
b.1954
guitar
, Craig Chaquico, Rick Derringer, Chieli Minucci
Chieli Minucci
Chieli Minucci
b.1958
guitar
and Jeff Kashiwa
Jeff Kashiwa
Jeff Kashiwa

saxophone
. MacArthur released his solo debut, “Paradise Point,” in 2000, which was followed by “Deal Me In” (2002), “That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout” (2006) and “Live ‘N Kickin’” (2009). “Feels Like Home” is his first collection backed by the muscle of radio promotions, marketing and publicity campaigns.


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