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Chase The Sunset

by Bill McGee

Smooth Jazz Trumpet - Bill McGee is Chris Botti, Rick Braun & Greg Adams with a touch of Soul & a dash of R&B - great covers & smooth originals that soothe & satisfy - this is riding music, work around the house music, or sitting by the fireplace music.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stop Look Listen To Your Heart
4:20 $0.99
2. Gold Baby (Wanda's Song)
4:52 $0.99
3. The Groove (24 Jack's Shangai Groove)
4:39 $0.99
4. I Like The Way You Move
4:41 $0.99
5. Go Outside In The Rain
6:55 $0.99
6. I Wish
5:32 $0.99
7. Kickin & Screamin (It's Showtime)
4:11 $0.99
8. Chill
4:58 $0.99
9. Sway
4:49 $0.99
10. Chase The Sunset
5:22 $0.99
11. What's Going On
4:42 $0.99
12. Keep Your Head To The Sky
6:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
They say that three times is a charm. CHASE THE SUNSET - is the 3rd Solo Smooth Jazz CD from trumpeter, flugelhornist, and multi-instrumentalist, Bill McGee. Following in the tradition of "This One's 4U" and "Soul Man", Bill adds five (5) smooth originals to a blend of seven (7) R&B/Soul cover songs that make this a perfect choice for people seeking new musical experiences. CHASE THE SUNSET is a great collection of classic covers; including Stevie Wonder's - "I Wish" featuring Mike Spratley (vocals) on the last chorus and Brandon Lane on bass, Brandon's a 13 year old prodigy making his recording debut on this cut and Earth, Wind and Fire's - "Keep Your Head To The Sky". Then you get to hear the beautiful and talented Chyp Greene (Plunky & Oneness) on a classic Quiet Storm version of "Go Outside In the Rain". "Outside in the rain" alone makes this CD worth the purchase, this version is destined for years of Quiet Storm play at radio stations all over the world. It's just that smooth. The title song "Chase The Sunset" is a mood setter, the kind of song that you rewind to keep your groove smooth. It features Bill's long time musical co-writing partner, Tom Reaves on Guitar. This is the quintessential smooth jazz groove that takes you to another place and soothes all the daily stress (a must hear.) Another song to check is Bill's cover of "I Like The Way You Move", featuring Neo-DooWop group Bak N Da Day on vocals and James Saxsmo Gates on Sax, this version of the song is as classic as the original by Outkast and the Kenny G - Earth Wind and Fire Collaboration on the same song. Bill is one of the best multi-instrumentalist in the country and does all of the rhythm tracks except guitar and all of the brass work, when combined with the smooth blending of Bak N Da day, Saxsmo's intense sax solo and Tom Reaves' great guitar work, this song becomes one of the best ever recorded versions. Now, if you've purchased the first two albums you can testify that Bill McGee is a master at remaking Stylistic songs. This album features Bill and friend James Holden (Soprano Sax) on "STOP, LOOK & LISTEN". This is a great version of the smooth and classic hit, with a great Flugelhorn - Soprano Sax duet, frequent modulations and interesting background vocals arrangements. "The Groove" is dedicated to the TV show 24 featuring Keiffer Sutherland. (Bill's a huge fan) Which prompted him to write this song that is subtitled 24 Jack's Shanghai Groove. Based on the episode where Sutherland's character is kidnapped and transported on a slow boat to China. The star of this CD is "GOLD BABY", a tight groove that features Bill, Saxsmo, and Tom Reaves getting down with a fun and funky groove. The call and response on this song will have you singing along even though it's an instrumental. This song is dedicated to Bill McGee Sr. of Chicago, IL who was nick named Gold Baby at birth because his mother paid the hospital with Gold coins back in 1927. (The Gold was given to her by her husband, the famous gospel music pioneer, Bishop F.W. McGee, who was out of town when Bill, Sr. was born). Now, if you're a person who likes to move while you listen to your favorite song, then this CD has the perfect song for you. First heard by Bill in the movie "Shall We Dance", "SWAY" is the classic dance song recorded by The Pussy Cat Dolls and featured in the movie starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Bill's rendition features Joe Taylor on Flute and Bill performing all of the brass and rhythm instruments. If you're alive, you'll have to move your body when you listen to this song. "What's Going On" is the Marvin Gaye classic which is performed to perfection on this CD by Saxsmo and Joshua Hodari (vocals). Another great track is the Earth, Wind and Fire Classic "Keep Your Head To The Sky" featuring Shawn Chappelle ("People Make The World Go Round"). Inspiration for this song came from the arrangement by Maysa Leake (Incognito). The songs "Chill" featuring popular smooth jazz guitarist and recording artist, Jim Adkins and "Kickin & Screamin" featuring pianist Debo Daney, are just as note worthy... the entire album is VERY GOOD MUSIC, professionally record by seasoned professionals. If you like Rick Braun, Chris Botti, Greg Adams, Kirk Whalum, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown, Dave Koz, Bob Baldwin, or Joe Sample, CHASE THE SUNSET will work well in your CD player. Buy it....



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Vincent Beamon

I had never heard of Bill,and bought it by chance. I love it and will get his other cd,s soon.The melodies are smooth and breathtaking

James Muhammad

I think this is a magnificent piece of work. I got notified of this artist when my aunt asked me to make a cd for her and requested in the rain by Bill Mcgee. I had never heard of him before. But after listenining to it when i had visited her i had to keep on researching until i found it. I like the way way he is giving much respect to all of the artists that he is playing. i am definately going to purchase this and inform others of this wonderful piece of work. If you (Bill Mcgee) will be performing in the
Massachusetts area please e-mail me if you can at origmn1@nextel.blackberry.net i would love to see your show.


Serve Chilled
As the title suggests, this is not a CD for playing in the morning, or you’ll never get to work.
Save it ‘til later when you’ve got time to chill. A good mix of own compositions like the groovy ‘Gold Baby’ and even groovier ‘The Groove’, and smoothed out classics like ‘What’s Going On’ and the Latin dance number ‘Sway’.
Don’t worry about the rain beatin on your window outside, just put this CD on, add some seafood, a glass of wine, and a good woman - and chase the sunset.

Smoothjazz.com Review

A solid collection!
Soulful trumpet man/composer Bill McGee has done it again! His third solo album, CHASE THE SUNSET, is another solid collection of great tunes, including five top-notch originals and seven classics from the world of R&B and Soul. Once again, Mr. McGee, who gave up a successful career as a recording artist and session player in 1987 to devote his time to the education of our youth as a teacher and school administrator, has shown us that he definitely still has his jazz chops nearly twenty years later. CHASE THE SUNSET, like his two solo releases before it, has all the right ingredients to make it a chart-topping Smooth Jazz hit… great music, exceptional performances with outstanding trumpet and flugelhorn playing as well as top-notch supporting players/singers; this project shines with high quality production values that you would expect from a man who’s been in the business for over thirty years. The results, as they say, speak for themselves… beautifully, I might add. From the tasty originals “Gold Baby,” “Kickin’ & Screamin’ (It’s Showtime),” and the title track to the freshly innovative takes on the Stylistics’ “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart),” Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” and the Latin dance hit “Sway,” Bill McGee’s CHASE THE SUNSET is a surefire winner. As we head into the New Year 2007, this album definitely deserves a place in your player and Smooth Jazz collection! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN

Peter S. Burg

Chase The Sunset is Smooth, Soothing & A Hit
This is probably Bill's best so far. The title track is a classic - acoustic guitar with muted trumpet, jazz guitar and straight trumpet - Chase The Sunset is great and the end makes you feel as if you're watching the sun go down over the ocean. Gold Baby is a funky hit, and the other originals are big time smooth jazz, especially Chill with Jim Adkins. His arrangement of Go outside in the rain is unique and will receive years of air play, it's so emotive... You must check out Sway Me, and I Wish... his I like the way you move is as good as the original by Outkast and The Kenny G - Earth, Wind and Fire version. Stop, Look and Listen is excellent with great backing vocals and interesting modulations. Keep your head 2 the sky is a classic. If you like smooth jazz, this is a GREAT CD, lot's of Sax, Piano, Guitar and Smooth horns - don't hesitate - buy it!

Marsha Meekins Cheatham

You Did it again!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey now, My friend, You did it again. I love this CD. Keep em coming!!!!!!!!!! You are definitely doing your part to keep Richmond, VA on the musical map!!!!!!!!!!!!

gary tann/whcr

awesome composition's with a burst of passion and sensual flava from the new cd "chase the sunset" which "the groove" will be activated for the xmas holidays on "harlem after midnite"

Cynthia Harper

The CD is breath taking! I adore it.