Al McKenzie | A Reason to be

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A Reason to be

by Al McKenzie

Classic Smooth Jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Paige One
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2. Angel
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3. A Reason to be
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4. Ain't no half stepping
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5. Sparkle
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6. Just me
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7. The band played on
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8. More
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9. Mister Magic
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10. Special occasion
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11. Only you
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12. How deep is your love
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13. Funny how time flies
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14. Perfect peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Al McKenzie’s musical endeavors are as diverse as his musical interest, from conducting the Buffalo Symphony, to serving on the Entertainment task force for the City of Detroit, to playing for the children’s choir at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in his hometown of Detroit Michigan. Al has always been unafraid to meet the challenges of his demanding music menu. His tools come honestly with teachers such as: Charles Coleman, Arthur Labrew, Earl Van Dyke, Ernie Rodgers and the great Teddy Harris Jr. After winning several awards in high school it was a natural progression for Al to attend Interlochen School of music.

By the time Al was 20 years old, he played or recorded with an array of world-renowned artist such as Martha Reeves, O.C.Smith, Esther Phillips and Marlena Shaw to name a few. Al's career continued to blossom as the world opened up for him. He first toured with Martha Reeves as her Music Director at age 18, subsequent to which Al’s credits/endeavors read like the who’s who of music: The Spinners, The 4 Tops, Mary Wilson, Penny Wells, The Supremes, The Contours, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Weston, Anita Baker just to name a few. His quest for new opportunities awarded him the opportunity to become the Music Director for Motown Record’s crown jewel The Temptations. Four albums, two gold records, one platinum album and a Grammy later, Al found his calling in starting AMAC Records and leading his own band. Since the release of his first full length CD “Is it love”, Al has signed wonderful talent from all over the world: Penny Wells (U.S.), Joan Crawford (U.S.), Charmaine Elliot (London), Larry Crockett (Paris) are all meeting their fans with critical acclaim.

Currently Al is promoting his newest full length CD, “A Reason To Be”, which is filled with his smooth mature sound that his listeners have come to love. “A Reason To Be” includes a variety of selections where Al’s piano screams with passion on original compositions such as Sparkle, Angel as well as a Latin flavored rendition of Grover Washington’s Mister Magic. To know Al is to love him. To see him perform is to witness true passion and abandon. Join in the journey, the voyage, the experience of Al McKenzie.

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DEE DEE

A REASON TO BE
THIS ALBUM IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL. LISTEN, WHILE YOU ARE RELAXING AT HOME NEAR A COZY FIREPLACE,WITH A SOOTHING WARM CAFFE LATTE . SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED!!!!
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SELVYN BROWN JR

BEANS EAR
THIS CD IS A REASON TO LISTEN. THIS IS THE ONE YOU WANT TO HEAR WHILE DRIVING TO THE STATE LINE, CRUISING TO THE GOLF COURSE, OR CRUISING LAKE DRIVE WITH YOUR GIRL, LOOKING AT THE STARS...A MUST HAVE !!!!!
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hbh

This album is defintely a winner!!!
Behind every outstanding band or artist you find professional sidemen. Freddie Ravel (Al Jarreau), David Garfield (George Benson), H.B. Barnum (Barry White) are some of these musicians. Al McKenzie is musical director of the Temptations, the soul legend. He performed among others with The Spinners, The 4 Tops, Mary Wilson, Penny Wells, The Supremes, The Contours, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Weston, Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, O.C.Smith, Esther Phillips, Marlena Shaw, Dave McMurray and Marion Meadows. His debut album as solo artist was “Is it love” (2001). On his new album "A Reason to Be" Al McKenzie is working with excellent musicians like Mike Fowler (guitar), Penny Wells (vocals), Darrell (Peanut) Smith (bass), Ron Otis (drums) and more. It's a contemporary mixture of smooth jazz and r&b.
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