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Align

by Phil Denny

All original 11-track performance balanced with fresh urban vibes, up-tempo and sultry grooves as well as featured artists.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Switch Up
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2. Feel Alright (feat. David P. Stevens)
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3. Got It Like That
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4. Tryst
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5. Brio Bounce
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6. Solux (feat. Adam Hawley)
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7. Ride with Me
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8. Align
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9. Honey Step
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10. Absence of Filters
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11. Kinda Wanna
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Phil Denny surge has become a topic of conversation and interest among an international audience spawning loyal and borderless fanfare. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements in just a short time and give reason to play on.

Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. The 5x Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut CD, Crossover.

Denny's notable sophomore release, Upswing, boasts 11-tracks infusing elements of R&B, urban vibe, uptempo pop and funk and features the hit track, Diggin' On, which scored an impressive #13 Billboard position (16 weeks on chart), a top ten (#7) on the Mediabase chart and was also a Sirius XM Watercolors weekly #1. Additional radio singles, Soak It Up and Radio Flyer also received national and international airplay on FM and internet radio stations as well as SiriusXM.

Now well situated in the format with much momentum ahead, the identifiable sax man releases his forth independent studio album June 1, 2018. Denny's "Align" CD release features an all original 11-track performance believed to be a best yet release balanced with fresh urban vibes, up-tempo and sultry grooves as well as featured artists. The first radio single release, "Switch Up" earned an impressive #1 most added on the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart in its debut week and just three weeks after its radio release scored a #28 Billboard chart debut and is likely to see addition positive movement.

Performances of note to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya and co-headlining 2014, 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, 2013/2014 GrandJazzFest, 2014 Inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival, 2015/2016 Cabin Fever Jazz Festival, 2016 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival, 2017 Cancun Jazz Festival, 2018 Seabreeze Jazz Festival and is a regular on the national club/venue scene. Additionally, Denny has performed as sideman to guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardists Gregg Karukas and Oli Silk, R&B vocalist Stokley Williams and has opened for RnR, Brian Culberston and even once jammed with Stevie Wonder.

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Align
Saxophonist Phil Denny has already released four albums in a short time: Crossover (2012), The Messenger (2013), Upswing (2015) and this year Align. Performances on many festivals will not rest him on his laurels. With his 2nd annual Armory Smooth Jazz Fête he is among the exclusive circle of promoters.

His fourth album Align was written by Phil in parts with the support of participating musicians. Phil performs on this album tenor, alto and soprano sax, EWI. Further joining musicians are Matt Godina (keys, guitar, programming), Nathaniel Kearney Jr., Mel Brown (bass), Eric Valentine (drums), David P. Stevens (guitar), Lew Laing (keys, bass, programming), Adam Hawley (various instruments), Big Mike Hart (guitar, acoustic guitar), programming), Andrew Freeman (rhythm guitar), Buddy Bangs (keys, programming), Joe Archie (keys, guitar, synth bass, programming, strings) and Stacey Lamont Sydnor (percussion).

First track of the album is Switch Up which already climbs the charts as a single release. The forceful rhythmically-charged song encapsulates Phil Denny as a prolific artist quickly appearing on your screen. Feel Alright featuring David P. Stevens is spreading good mood going with confidence through the roof.

The mid-tempo Got It Like That offers a heavy dose of saxy groove. Tryst aptly creates a romantic message for your special lover. Brio Bounce is bursting with zest for life and if I did not know better, the song could easily go through as disco stomp. The soprano sax is often associated with lovely melodies. Phil makes no difference to this instrument. On So Lux he offers the tenor saxophone to the soprano sax as second part.

Ride With Me plays with the double meaning of the idiom. Special feature of this piece is the use of strings as their own instrumental voice. Perhaps it serves the listener to the subsequent piece Align, which has a pronounced orchestral arrangement. The soprano sax is particularly dominant, as it is to some extent overdubbed with the same instrument.

On Honey Step and Absence of Filters Denny focuses on the strength of his expressive power and playing technique. If he leaves the elegiac away as with Kinda Wanna, also the play joke comes to light.

Still a new artist for some listeners, Phil Denny has built with his sparkling and expressive album Align the foundation of a rising star.

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