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Enter My Mind

by Marlon Saunders

Blends the intense devotion to groove that made 70's r&b so great with a modern edginess steeped in the powerful spoken word dazzle of hip hop.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Enter My Mind
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2. You Move Me
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3. Keep Doin' What You Do
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4. For Love
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5. Premonition
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6. Love Serenade
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7. Inspiration
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8. Who Will Go
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9. Afro Blue My Mind
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10. Coolin'
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11. Given A Chance
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12. Stone Out Of Hope
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13. If It's Magic
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14. The Beginning Of Never
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Crooning over back-in-the-day riff reminiscent of 70's soul, there's nothing "neo" about Marlon Saunders.

"I want to combine the richness of the 70's - all of it, the music and psyche of black folks, the sense of beauty and awareness - and incorporate that into what I find unique and special about today's music," he says. And the emphasis, like his idols Marvin and Stevie and Rufus, will be songwriting. "In r&b music, we need to go back to the basic songwriting," says Saunders. "I was listening to a Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway record the other day and I was amazed at the beauty of it. It's simple recording in terms of instrumentation, but those sturdy, beautiful songs transcend everything. You can do anything to that music - bop to it, make love to it, hang out with your friends to it, cook a good meal to it.

I want my music to have the same effect. Or like the way Curtis Mayfield could marry the groove with the spiritual concept to the lyrics and still keep it ambiguous.

I want my music to have that sense of discovery."


A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Saunders is one of the founding members of Jazzhole, a 10 - member group that merges jazzy riffs with soulful crooning over a variety of stylish grooves.

Saunders was also a founding member of Sepia, another acclaimed vocal group. As a highly sought-after background vocalist, Saunders has worked with major talents such as Billy Joel, Sting, Michael Jackson, and Barry White (for whom he also penned "The Longer We Make Love"). He has also toured with Bobby McFerrin as a member of Voicestra, an innovative group created by McFerrin.

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Glenn J. Wiener

Soothing and Grooving
Marlon Saunders explores some delectable tones on his Enter My Mind CD. This release is more R&B and hip hop flaored than his work with Jazzhole. However, this certainly does not make this CD any bit inferior to the fine Circle of the Sun release by Jazzhole.

Many compeling moments include the acoustic interpretation of Stevie Wonder's If Its Magic, the delightful rhythms of Afro Blue My Mind and Love Serenade, as well as the soulful touches of Keep Doin' What Ya Do. I especially enjoy the natural blending of instruments on this release as opposed to an over-reliance of electronic programming.

A excellent CD on all accounts.
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Spike B.

Grezt Soothing Soul Music
Marlon Saunders is am incredible singer and songwriter . This collection of songs soothes the soul like the old school soul records from back in the day - love the stevie wonder remake as well as "coolin'" and "afro blew my mind" - WICKED RELEASE DO NOT MISS IT !!!
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Thabo

perfect
Its out of this world and mind blowing.If you dont have a copy get one now
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Jordan

Silky smooth lyrics and grooves
Marlon Saunder's debut album "Enter My Mind" has only one word to describe it: MASTERPIECE. With his refreshing, silky-smooth voice and beats, Marlon has a formula for success. Stand-out songs on this album include "Keep Doin' What Ya Doin'", "Coolin'" and of course "Love Serenade." "Enter My Mind" is THE best album of 2003-2004. A must have for anyone's music collection. I highly recommend buying this album.
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Chris Rizik of Soul Tracks

Great Classic Soul Sound Updated
Whether or not Saunders continues to work primarily in group settings such as Jazzhole, with Enter My Mind he has established himself as a powerful and thoughtful solo artist, and one who, if there is any justice, will soon become a major force in driving Soul music to a future direction that is as intelligent and meaningful as its past. (To see the entire review, go to www.soultracks.com)
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Raphaël Mahfoudh

Rhythm, Rhythm and heat
"Enter my mind" is a very interesting project. Without saying yet if it's good or not, I got to say that the sound is pretty particular, not at all like the current sound, arrangements, production. In fact, we directly enter the '70s. The other noteworthy thing is the verses, 'cause they express the best way the quality of the rhythm. For this reason, I'm now and again disappointed by the refrain. But don't worry ther're great songs like For love, Love serenade, Afro blue my mind, If it's magic and, of course, Given a chance. Plus one MASTERPIECE: "KEEP DOIN' WHAT YA DO".
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arthur holcomb

loved it
the cd rocked it made me want to get up and dance
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Barry Towler (The Lowdown, Soul Express)

The real deal
Marlon Saunders' CD is a must-have for your collection. It embraces all shades of quality R&B and will appeal to everybody who has their own particular penchance - be it Mayfield's Curtom sound of the 70s, or the fresh early '80s sound, and even the more raw flavours of today. Marlon has it covered. Simply, a treat for the ears!
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Nancy

Bootylicious
This project is amazing! It's not one that has to exert too much effort to get your attention. You willfully yield and surrender to the vibe and enter the mind of Marlon Saunders.It's so honest and speaks to the truths that resonate in the heart of every man in the most non-threatening way. Who will go will bring you into worship, afro blue my mind will make you drop it like it's hot...what more can be said. It's bangin'!
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jmschmitt@gmx.de

The best so far?
to cut a long story short: this is simply one of the best soul cd´s in 2004 - a broadminded blend out of today´s and yesterdays´s sounds and moods - played and sung with a general expertise of soul, neo-soul and jazz.
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