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Love Me Like That

by Michael Fair

The smoothest of smooth jazz flugelhorn that invites you to grab a seat, relax and become enveloped by the groove and the warm sound.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Love Again
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:56 $0.99
2. Lucy
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
5:51 $0.99
3. Can't Let Go
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:07 $0.99
4. Flap Cake
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:42 $0.99
5. Red Pump Strut
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
6:10 $0.99
6. Southern Samba
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:27 $0.99
7. The Way Love Goes
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:47 $0.99
8. Love Me Like That
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
6:21 $0.99
9. Rhapsody In Funk Minor
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
5:07 $0.99
10. Never Felt This Way/Stay The Night
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
6:38 $0.99
11. This Guy's In Love
Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael Fair's partnership with the trumpet began early in his life. At the age of 12 he was given his first horn. It was no time at all until he began playing the songs that he heard his parents listening to by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. Michael's early performances included solo features in school bands and church services. He studied trumpet performance at Middle Tennessee State University and Graduated in 1979 with a Bachelors Of Music. Early post college gigs included the typical frat band circuit, club gigs and casuals. Michael moved to Southern California in 1985 and actually didn't touch the trumpet or flugelhorn for two years while pursuing other interests. A move back to Nashville in 1987 seemed as natural as picking the horn back up and joining up with a new band, The Cliff Notes, at the time . Working with this group gave Michael exposure to the Nashville music community, opening up opportunities for both live and session work.
"It seemed to be an oddity to be a musician and to actually have grown up in Nashville. The first question anyone would ask me is where are you from. When I would tell them I was actually from here the response was always the same. No one who plays music is actually from here! As a result of that reaction, I've always felt as though that helped to make me somewhat unique."
- Michael. Fair
Michael has been fortunate enough to share the stage on shows with such legends as Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Larry Carlton, Olivia Newton-John, Leon Russell, John Hyatt, Sam Moore, Carman, Claude McKnight, Amy Grant, and Jim Horn just to name a few.

Michael continued to develop his unique warm smooth flugelhorn sound throughout the next few years. Many of the musicians he has worked with over the years say that they can recognize Michael's sound anywhere. The combination of his sound and sensitive phrasing make him a natural to perform smooth jazz in a way that invites you to listen and be totally enveloped equally by the melody and the warm sound which one can experience in the new release by Michael and Brandon Barnes Love Me Like That.

Michael met Brandon Barnes in 1995 while Brandon was in Nashville working with Claude McKnight from Take 6. Brandon was a fan of the flugelhorn and loved Michael's sound when he heard him playing at a Nashville club. The two "hit it off" and talked about doing a smooth jazz horn project for years. Finally schedules lined up and in the summer of 2001 Michael and Brandon wrote and recorded the songs for Michael's debut album, Love Me Like That.
" It was easy and natural to do these tunes with Brandon. We really like one another and respect each other's talents and as a result the songs seemed to just flow and write themselves. I feel very lucky to get to work with someone as accomplished and successful as Brandon. "
- Michael. Fair
Brandon Barnes is a multi Grammy nominated writer. He has co-written some of Brian McKnight's biggest hits including The Way Love Goes, Goodbye My Love, One Last Cry, Never Felt This Way, Last Dance, 6 8 12, What's It Gonna Be, and Still just to name a few. If Brandon's past successes are any indication, Love Me Like That should be a real success.

Michael is now playing out live and including the songs from his new C.D. in his shows. He and Brandon plan to write and record a second project in the summer of 2002. It should be fun to hear what the two of them come up with for the second record. Stay tuned!



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S. Parker

Blown away!
I have to forcibly remove people from my office who want to sit around and listen to your CD. As far as jazz music, I am very critical in my taste, but your CD has blown me away!

Scott from Richland, TX

Beautiful Music
Michael, you make beautiful music!

Allan Blackwell- Southwestern Recording Service

Friend of Brandon Barnes who appreciates your music
You had just finished your first CD last time I
was in Troy Alabama visiting and it's truly a masterpiece.

Ron Wynn- rwynn@nashvillecitypaper.com

Flugelhorn player grooves Gulch
The groove is the thing for flugelhorn and trumpet player Michael Fair. Fair's lush, warm sound is propelled by energetic textures and arrangements on his most recent release "Love Me Like That". Fair has teamed with keyboardist and programmer Brandon Barnes on "Love Me Like That" which features 7 originals co-written by Fair and Barnes, two covers of songs Barnes initially co-wrote with R&B superstar Brian McKnight,"Can't Let Go" and "Never Felt This Way/Stay the Night" and a cover of " This Guy's in Love" by Burt Bacharach. Unlike some smooth jazz players who aren't enamored with the genre but utilize it for commercial reasons, Fair truly enjoys playing music in this idiom and it shows.

Al Graves- Jazz-ville webmaster

"Smooth Grooves Galore"
Michael's CD Love Me Like That, is a collection of smooth show-stoppers. This CD really accentuates the captivating talent of Michael Fair. It offers a great selection of songs, as well as titles.

Never Love Again is very smooth groove full of relaxation and tranquility. Recommended for any one that needs to lower their stress level. Lucy also has a laid back vibe that sorta takes your mind to places that help you escape reality, if only for a few moments.
Can't Let Go, written by Brandon Barnes & Brian McKnight, is full of passion and great notes from Michael on trumpet. Flap Cake is a little more up tempo and playful. This tune is reminiscent of a Herb Alpert cut with it's slight hint of latin flava. Southern Samba, as the name implies is a nice song that sways with the beat of a cool dreamy samba. Red Pump Strut (I told you the titles were catchy) it immediately brings to mind the image of classy lady strolling the boulevard in eye catching red shoes. Nice cut. The Way Love Goes is a nice groove that's layered with silky background vocals.
Love Me Like That is the title cut and right-fully so. This cut tends to define the style and grace of Michael Fair. The combined sound of trumpet and guitar makes for a pleasant soothing sound. Rhapsody in Funk Minor gives us another side of Michael, the funky side. The riff on keyboard brings to mind a funky Stevie Wonder 70's groove. The slurs and muted sound on trumpet makes it sho' nuff funky! Never Felt This Way / Stay The Night is a romantic, sensual tune that's perfect for an intimate dinner or just some quality time with a special someone.
This Guy's In Love could serve as a proclamation for many of us. It says it in just the way a woman likes to here it...tenderly and boldly.

Pat McCoy-Tennessee Jazz & Blues Society, Jazz & Blues News

Homemade Michael Fair down to the clever song titles!
Upon first hearing Michael Fair play that squishy-looking thing that he calls a flugelhorn, you never want him to take a breath. Upon first listening to Love Me Like That, you don't want it to end. The entire CD is Michael's baby, with the exception of the getway cut, a tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David, " This Guy's In Love." The other ten offerings are homemade Michael Fair and friend/producer/co writer Brandon Barnes. Michael's playing is sharp, his definitions are crisp, all to the point of wondering if he ever makes a mistake...and if so, who would realize it? Favorite cuts? Many and varied, and I must admit tied to his clever song titles. I keep returning to the lead cut" Never Love Again" for it seems to holler, "hey, grab a seat and relax, let's spend the next hour together. " Another is "Red Pump Strut" ( don't you love the title?)... but my top choice is the nasty low-down "Rhapsody in Funk Minor" which could be a great soundtrack for a bad seventies detective series. Of course the last cut would make the aforementioned Bacharach & David proud, and at 4:48 it is five minutes of walking down memory lane. Nashville is rearing up some fine young musicians, and in the New World Who's Who Music City Yearbook, under "F", should be a picture of Michael Fair.

Kathy Nelson

You da man, Michael Fair! I'm swooning over your flugelhorn.
Michael, I've enjoyed your music at Jazz on the Lawn 2004, Belle Meade mansion in Nashville. Love Me Like That allows me to relive that evening. Keep on keepin' on 'cuz you do it so (S)well!!

Kenny Springs

An awesome talent with an awesome gift!!!!
I absolutely enjoy listening to both of Mr. Fair's cd's. The passion in the music is unbeatable. It automatically sets an inviting atmosphere. I'm a fan for life.


A CD of tastefully and artfully crafted original tunes.
Using a colorful and diverse musical palette, Michael Fair and Brandon Barnes have crafted for your listening pleasure a smorgasbord of original tunes. They have touched the emotional buttons from love lost to love found, from party fever to sultry heat, from toe-tapping good times to soulful reflections of better times. They even pay homage to those who came before by doing a cover song. This is a must have CD. It needs to be in your collection...NOW! It is in mine!

Carol Batey, freelance journalist for www.hotmusicnew.us,Urban G

His CD "Love Me Like That" takes over my soul
As a freelance music journalist in Nashville I hear music of every genre. I fell in love with the music of Michael Fair. The sounds from his Flugehorn soothes whether he is playing lead or back-up. Michael is a talented and professional musician who is finally getting the attention he deserves.Fair has backed many on stage such as Michael McDonald, Amy Grant and local artist, Scat Springs.

His CD "Love Me Like That" takes over my soul and mind. It renews my spirit, rejuvenates my body to press on and revives my troubled mind. I am also a massage therapist for the stars in Nashville and I play this CD and for all who need their senses to be awakened. My favorite "Never Love Again" Fair co-wrote with Brandon Barnes who co-wrote with Brian McKnight. That tune opens your soul to listen to the rest. "Can't Let Go", another smooth Jazz tune penned by the two is the most relaxing jazz song I've heard in a long time. I listened to this song over and over in my home when my mind is troubled. The first time I heard it I cried. "Can't Let Go", the title is so true for many of us that have been in love or thought we have been. I could feel the writers pain and sorrows. Yet I could feel them working throughout the process of letting go and moving on. The track that played the most on 88.1 FM Nashville, is "Red Pump Strut." MSTU JAZZ station plays "Southern Samba" with a Latin beat for those who like Latin Jazz. Listen to this CD and you too will fall in love with the Flugehorn and music played by Michael Fair.

His next CD (summer 2003), soon to be released has a funky smooth jazz style it makes you ready to dance.