Michael Scherer | Exceeding Expectations

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Exceeding Expectations

by Michael Scherer

A fresh new sound blending dynamic funk-driven melodies with soothing jazz grooves.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Phat Groove
4:59 $0.99
2. Sunday Afternoon
5:09 $0.99
3. The Promise of Hope
4:53 $0.99
4. Dance Like David
4:57 $0.99
5. Funktifya
4:37 $0.99
6. Liberation
6:04 $0.99
7. Simple Pleasures
4:55 $0.99
8. Twists and Turns
2:54 $0.99
9. Better Days Ahead
5:03 $0.99
10. Change for the Better
4:51 $0.99
11. Midnight Rendezvous
2:42 $0.99
12. Heavenly Inspiration
5:36 $0.99
13. Jump
4:25 $0.99
14. Mission Accomplished
5:51 $0.99
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Beginning his musical training at the age of five, Michael Scherer quickly advanced as a classical pianist and matured into a jazz pianist and trombonist during his teen years. He recently finished recording his debut smooth jazz CD, “Exceeding Expectations,” with all of his own material. Consisting of a fresh new sound blending dynamic funk-driven melodies with soothing jazz grooves, “Exceeding Expectations” combines his previous performance experience and production skills.

Showcasing his eclectic style, the 14-track album highlights Scherer’s ability to combine different genres with his classical jazz training to produce a unique sound. What sets him apart is his approach to music: his deep understanding of a variety of musical techniques allows him to create fresh sounds with influences from other genres while respecting the fundamentals of smooth jazz music. The result is a genuinely refreshing and unique sound.
Scherer has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, performing his music at prestigious jazz festivals such as The North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, and The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. His jazz trio, The Half Note Trio, was recently featured as the special guest at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival. Scherer was also invited to perform for Congressman Aaron Shock’s speaking engagement at Decatur’s Chamber of Commerce annual dinner meeting.

In addition to his musical performance career, Scherer graduated in three years from Millikin University with a degree in Commercial Music. He is the owner and CEO of DreamVizion Productions, a one-stop audio production company specializing in advertising audio for radio and television commercials, website audio and on-hold music services featuring rock, hip-hop, jazz, classical, and orchestral jingles and a variety of other genres. His diverse musical talent is further showcased by his participation in his first film scoring project. He recently finished scoring the music to the feature film, “Slap Down,” composing songs ranging from vocal infused disco and Asian fluted fight songs, to full rock anthems and scoring a full orchestra. “Slap Down” is set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival and 15 other festivals across the world.

Scherer has arranged music for many artists on major record labels including “The Christmas To Remember” (EMI) and Adrian B King’s “You’re Awesome!” (Sony BMG). He is also the Director of the Fine Arts Program through Reasonable Service in Decatur, Illinois, and teaches private piano and trombone lessons locally.

With his music experiences ranging from his jazz training in the renowned MacArthur High School Jazz program to his tour days with the Half Note Trio and even his film scoring affair, Scherer is sure to delight listeners with his unique funk-infused twist on smooth jazz. His album, “Exceeding Expectations” will give fans a taste of what to expect from him while at the same time introducing them and the world to his varied talents.



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SmoothJazz.com Review
Look out, Brian Culbertson and Gregg Karukas! There’s a new player on the field. His name is Michael Scherer, he lives in Decatur, IL, and he’s very, very good! Michael’s debut release, EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS, is unquestionably world-class stuff! Just check out his first radio single, “Change for the Better,” and you’ll hear exactly what I mean. Here’s a guy who started his musical training at the age of five, and by the time he reached adolescence had advanced firstly as a classical pianist; then as a mature jazz performer on both piano and trombone. For a first release, EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS blows me away with its maturity and musical intuition. The songs - all originals – range from the sweetly delicate solo piano song, “Heavenly Inspiration” to the dynamic, adventurous “Funktifiya,” with plenty of potential radio hits in the mix as well. Michael Scherer’s brilliant EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS CD is doing just that!


Your CD
Hey Michael...
I listened to your CD...pretty great! Keep up the good work. You've got a gift. :)

Bill Ross

A Solid Effort That Darn Near Lives Up To It's Title
Multi-instrumentalist Michael Scherer serves up a solid effort with his "Exceeding Expectations" He wrote all the tunes which range from the uptempo Dance Like David and a couple of brushes with fusion (Twists And Turns, Jump, Mission Accomplished) and also a handful of smooth ballads. Everything on the CD is extremely well produced and Michael has some BIG talent. he may not be as well known in the genre, but he can work a groove with the best of them. He would have received the full five star treatment on this one except for a couple of mis-steps. "The Promise of Hope", which starts out like it's going to be the best track on the CD, rapidly careens downhill towards utter disaster thanks to the addition of some completely unnecessary, unbelievably annoying and totally awful wordless voacls. Vocals in smooth jazz are always bad, but wordless vocals are the worst. They are a close cousin to scatting, a musical phenomenon that is completely worthless and should be banned. He also adds wordless vocals to "Change For The Better", which ruin that song as well. However there are 12 pure instrumental tracks here that are WAY above average and make this a much recommended CD. I will definitely be looking for his next release. Hey Michael, if possible on your next release, can you do a newly recorded version of "The Promise Of Hope" sans the vocal effects?

william foote

Michael Scherer (Exceedind Expectations)
Great sound enjoyed it completely can't wait till the next one >:)