Michael O'Neill | Never too Late

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Never too Late

by Michael O'Neill

Contemporary Jazz Guitar inside Grooves flavored with R&B,Latin,Pop.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Never Too Late
4:43 $0.99
2. Visions
5:00 $0.99
3. Echoes of Seville
4:51 $0.99
4. I Ain't Lyin'
4:22 $0.99
5. Always Love
4:12 $0.99
6. For You
4:34 $0.99
7. Winds of Summer
5:00 $0.99
8. Dreams of Love
4:58 $0.99
9. Passages
4:31 $0.99
10. Sidewalk Strut
3:48 $0.99
11. Cruisin on Down
2:37 $0.99
12. Yesterday
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
This CD is a culmination of 25 years of experience that Los Angeles based guitarist,Michael O'Neill has lived in the music industry.Starting in 1979 touring with the Crusaders on their "Street Life" tour to a 2 decades relationship working with guitar great, George Benson in his band (still currently with Benson)

O'Neill serves up 12 tunes which cover a wide range of styles that reflect the versatility he has acquired backing up some of the greats in the industry.Along the way Michael has supported such greats as Stevie Wonder,Rickie Lee Jones,Natalie Cole,Joe Sample,Ronnie Laws,Hubert Laws,Gato Barbieri,Sadao Watanabe,Boney James,Rick Braun,Peter White,Freddie Ravel,Gregg Karukas,Carl Anderson,Sheila E.,Gerald Albright,Kirk Whalum,Eric Marienthal among others.Choosing the classic hollow body jazz guitar and the classical spanish guitar as his featured voices, O'Neill offers 10 original compositions,an urban flavored version of the Stevie Wonder song "Visions" featuring Carl Anderson on vocals,Bobby Lyle on keys and Alphonso Johnson on bass,and a solo guitar version of the oft covered Beatles classic "Yesterday" reharmonized to obviously showcase his artistry on the instrument.This is a tastefully packaged forum to feature O'Neill's considerable voice in the world of guitar.Includes liner notes by George Benson.



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Very MOODY and IMRESSIVE.The technique itself makes the album worth to be heard both music collectors and professionals.


Great guitar performance!!!
Michael O'Neill just did a personnal and intimist CD filled with emotion, harmony and beautiful melodies. If you close your eyes, you have the feeling that George Benson is playing and I can tell you that this guitar Maestro is a reference !
I had the luck to see Michael playing on stage with Mr Benson and Mr O'Neill is really awesome too.
In conclusion, this excellent CD will please everyone who both appreciates great guitar and smooth jazz.

Richard A. Washington

TDWR (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition)
Mike I really enjoyed Never Too Late! Your product s/b on the Smooth Jazz format w/ everybody else. I will be purchasing Never Too Late again, it needs to be shared!
I saw you perform w/ Stevie Wonder 12/4/83 alongside
Ben Bridges I was elated to find out you had product.
I also have product on CDBABY Next Page feat. Stephen Wise
which is a direct result from seeing you perform 12/4/83 w/ Stevie Wonder on the You & I tour. Sonically yours, Rich


Great Music
I know Mr. O'neill probably appreciates the comparison to George Benson. But I would think by now he would prefer just to be known as the smooth Latin Jazz guitar player that he is. He is simply great within his own right. I think he and Ray Obiedo or fantastic players. I look forward to another cd from Michael very soon. He has won me over as a fan. The best to Mr. O'neill.


Most emotional & melodic guitar player ever
I've been a fan of Michael O'Neill from the first note I ever heard him playing. There is obviously some influences from Benson in Michael's playing. However, O'Neill has his own sound/voice/style. His playing on this album is very melodic and emotional. As it is often the case, it is live that Michael's talent really spreads. "Never Too Late" captures the many sides of his playing. From some uptempo "funky jazzy" tunes like the title track and "I Ain't Lying" (my favourite track) to subtle ballads, O'Neill passionate playing grabs the listener attention and takes him/her on a beautiful musical journey. O'Neill's compositions all tell a story and his emotional playing speaks more than a million words. This is not your usual smooth/contemporary jazz album. Never Too Late is Life as Michael's music carries all of life's emotions. O'Neill says in one note what many will never do in 10,000. Thank you Mr. O'Neill.

Wayde Carter

Excellent smooth jazz CD
Woww!! Excellent and very listenable indeed. I listen to Michael's music on way to and from work each day.

Awesome and highly recommended. Has something for all smooth jazz fanatics.

Edwin Rodriguez

i am very impress!
I love good music this cd is part of my collection,believe me I do have a lots of jazz guitarrist cds.I recomend this cd to anyone who likes jazz guitar.