Marcin Nowakowski | Better Days

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Better Days

by Marcin Nowakowski

Smooth Jazz and contemporary music. Produced by Jeff Lorber. Featuring Guest by Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau, Dave Weckl, Tony Moore, Alex Al, Lenny Castro and other well known musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Wake up!
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2. I Love Your Smile
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3. Let's Do It
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4. Huggy Bear
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5. Sensual
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6. Feelin' Good
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7. Waiting For You
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8. Tonight Is the Night
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9. After Hours
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10. Better Days Ahead
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Marcin Nowakowski, Better Days

It almost sounds like the start of a playful joke you might hear in a pub: What happens when a good looking, charismatic Polish guy walks into an L.A. recording studio with some of the city’s most exciting and accomplished sidemen? If it happens to be Marcin Nowakowski, truly Poland’s most acclaimed and famous saxophonists, and instrumental R&B/jazz fusion superstar keyboardist Jeff Lorber is helming the session, the answer is easy. It’s pure explosive magic, the picture perfect mix of funky soul grooves and infectious melodies that contemporary urban jazz desperately needs to survive as a viable genre. Riffing on the title of Nowakowski’s latest album, if these ten tracks are any indication of what the versatile saxman is capable of, there are indeed Better Days ahead for instrumental music. Lorber, who has worked his production magic in the past for American sax greats like Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, the late Art Porter and Eric Marienthal (one of Nowakowski’s former instructors), works his joyful retro keyboard flavors and acoustic piano into the mix while allowing the horn melody and occasional improvisations to take center stage. The bubbly opener “Wake Up!” is an infectious Koz-like alto tune that gets the set off to a rousing start (how could it be otherwise with a title like that?), and who can resist scatting along with the charming, easy grooving cover of Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile”? The fun part of Nowakowski’s approach is that he’s always hanging in the pocket, coming at us with those sizzling, instantly catchy hooks--urging us to fire up and “Let’s Do It,” chillin’ just a little on Lorber’s moody “HuggyBear,” reminding us via his graceful, soaring soprano that it’s all about being “Sensual”. Yet the minute he finds an opening, the saxman takes a moment to riff and jam in unexpected ways, as on the hypnotic grooving at the end of “Feelin’ Good” and the quick rolling “After Hours,” which features some of his most adventurous licks leading into one of Lorber’s most playfully aggressive solo piano spots. In essence, it’s the perfect instrumental CD, balancing accessibility and free spirited blowing. Props also go to those aforementioned session cats that make every project they work on a party: vocalist Jeff Pescetto (who adds his soulful cool to “Waiting For You” and touches of soaring inspiration to the title track) , Paul Jackson, Jr. (who played on Nowakowski’s Polish-released debut Smooth Night), Alex Al, Tony Moore, Lenny Castro, Michael Landau and Dave Weckl. Now that he’s put out one of urban jazz’s best CDs of 2009, here’s hoping Nowakowski will be visiting L.A. again soon—and often after that!

--Jonathan Widran
Jazziz Magazine, All Music Guide



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Brian Hansen

Killer arangements on here! I love the vibes on this project! Great job Marcin!!!

Attila Csiky

This is a very good CD! Marcin, a Polish saxophonist who plays in US superstars. The producer was Jeff Lorber, and Paul Brown the mix of work. What else? This CD should not be missed, and soon will be in the top lists!

Pamela Black

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Very nice! How are you? My Name is Pamela Black and I am the smooth contemporary jazz air personality for KUNV 91.5 FM Las Vegas. Your music very nice and it will set a sensational vibe at Pamela's Place! Would consider your release for exposure and air play on my radio show which airs every Saturday & Sunday morning. I have been on air now almost 10 years airing the best smooth jazz musicians from all over the world and I mean "the Best!" Do you have a press kit or media kit you could send directly to me? Check out my credentials and get back to me DIRECTLY Please! I invite you to listen to my show (if you can) this Saturday & Sunday 7a-10a PST. We are streaming Live at and I have thousands of listeners all over the world. I am also on Face book and myspace. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care and caramel Kisses to you!