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Connected

by Mark Etheredge

“Connected” is a contemporary jazz album from keyboardist Mark Etheredge, produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Groovin' With My Baby
4:06 album only
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2. Be Who You Are
3:37 album only
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3. Roger That
3:17 album only
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4. Connected (feat. Paul Brown)
3:48 album only
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5. Lost in the Shuffle (feat. Paul Brown)
4:36 album only
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6. Cherry Cha
3:39 album only
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7. For Your Love (feat. Chuck Loeb)
4:52 album only
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8. Bing Bang Boom
3:20 album only
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9. Rain
4:37 album only
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10. Soul Clap Honey
4:09 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Although it took years for keyboardist Mark Etheredge to work through the feelings of isolation and identity issues that inspired the ten songs he wrote on his third album, “Connected,” it took radio programmers no time at all to add the title cut to playlists, swiftly propelling it into the top 10 on the Billboard singles tally. The collection produced by two-time GRAMMY® winner Paul Brown was released by Vipaka Records.

Etheredge is clearly in a happy place as evidenced by the plethora of joyous melodies he nimbly deploys throughout the “Connected” album. While tension is apparent on “Lost In The Shuffle,” the song that specifically addresses when he was plagued by bullying as a teenager, the notes and harmonies he utilizes to tell his story go from emotional and vulnerable to empowering and triumphant as his piano and keyboards fend off truculent taunts from Brown’s electric guitar and Greg Vail’s saxophone. With Brown helming the production, the record is plush and polished, augmented by a horn section and the presence of top-notch session players and soloists, including guitarist Chuck Loeb (Fourplay), saxophonist Andy Suzuki and trumpeter/horn arranger Lee Thornburg.

As the public begins to discover the entirety of “Connected,” interest will continue to be fanned by an abundance of airplay and the enthusiastic response from critics. Below are a handful of excerpts from the initial reviews:

“You will instantly fall for keyboardist Mark Etheredge…With an approach that’s so hypnotically appealing, Etheredge brings that contemporary jazzy, bluesy, sassy, sauntering jazz along with some great big band horn stylings.” – The Smooth Jazz Ride

“Mark Etheredge has thrown down with Connected his musical gauntlet in the competition of the best smooth jazz piano player.” – Smooth Jazz Daily

“As easy as the music flows, Etheredge’s playing is far from simpering or simplistic. He knows how to play the deeper grooves.” - AXS

“A real winner for smooth jazz fans that were sorry when radio programmers turned the sound into wallpaper, this cat knows his stuff and ain’t afraid to strut it.” – Midwest Record 

“Music that celebrates the optimism that comes with positive human connection.” – Soul and Jazz and Funk

“This is a CD destined to be one of the best of 2016.” – Smooth Jazz Therapy

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SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW
On CONNECTED, Mark Etheredge deals powerfully with his past issues of feeling disconnected from humanity. The result is a heartfelt, socially conscious collection that uses the joy of music to cut across traditional human barriers. With a deep sense of groove and a compelling mix of lighthearted and deeply emotional melodies, the multi-talented performer creates a lively, diverse and lushly soulful celebration of human connection with world class musicianship – including dynamic interactions with guitarists Chuck Loeb and Paul Brown (the project’s Grammy winning producer) and saxman Andy Suzuki. In addition to clearly reflecting his influences David Benoit and Joe Sample, the veteran sideman complements his contemporary jazz vibe with Latin and bluesy excursions. Get CONNECTED now!
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