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by Rod Tate

The best way to describe my sound is by the phrase, "This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit". My music is reminiscent of jazz artist such as Grover Washington Jr., Najee & Gerald Albright, yet encapturing my own vibe.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Groovitis
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2. The Gator Dance
5:27 $0.99
3. Change Up
5:15 $0.99
4. Moonlight Romance
7:43 $0.99
5. The Chill Zone
6:57 $0.99
6. Dadio
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7. Really ?
5:43 $0.99
8. It's the Weekend Baby !
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9. Oh...before You Go
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10. Hand in Hand
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11. Smooth Sailing
5:48 $0.99
12. Beyond the Horizon
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13. Shield of Faith
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Album Notes
We just welcomed in a New Year...Now it's time to welcome some New Music for 2013.
Coming On Valentine's Day February 14, 2013, "Groovitis"!
Saxophonist Rod Tate's new Smooth/Contemporary Jazz CD, featuring 13 new head bobbin', finger snappin', toe tappin' songs and did I say, "Funky"(LOL). There is also a dose of medium and slow grooves.
Get Ready To Be Infected By The Groove Diagnosed as, "Groovitis" !
IF you enjoy Rod Tate's music this one is a "Must Have" !

As a performer he has opened for contemporary jazz group Spyra Gyra, Pieces of A Dream, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Poet Sonia Sanchez and Lonnie Liston Smith. He has opened for Gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, comedian /actor Tommy Davidson, Tavis Smiley, as well as, Hall of famer, Ozzie Smith.

Rod has appeared on B.E.T.'s segment of Jazz Discoveries. He has appeared on St. Louis' Fox(Channel 2) morning show. He has appeared on St. Louis' Show Me St. Louis on KSDK(Channel 5). He has appeared as musical guest on Trinity Broadcasting Networks (TBN) "Praise The Lord"

Rod's music can be heard or has been heard on The Weather Channel, Music Choice, DMX Music, and many radio stations online and across the world.

Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on

Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on Whitester

As an artist, performer, and musician. Rod's goals are to continue to learn, grow, and to touch lives positively through his musical expressions. As a songwriter, Rod's motto is: " This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit ". Rod also aspires to have his music in movies, commercials, and television programming.

Here's a review from The Smooth Jazz Ride(online Smooth/Contemporary Jazz site) of Rod's release, Groovitis:
Saxman/multi-instrumentalist Rod Tate steps forward with another white-hot, rhythm-filled project. Put on your asbestos suit when listening. That could be the headline for a news article announcing this mostly up-tempo, groove-tight piece of work called Groovitis that often demonstrates the saxman’s delightful long-windedness. He Rod Taterolls through this very generous set of hot tunes (average time of the tracks is somewhere around six minutes) with such energy that you just know he’s fully enjoying this party…as will you.

Often when listening to the effort and power an artist puts in his music, I can envision his or her live set. With Tate, I can just see the fired-up audience gyrating, clapping, finger-poppin, head-boppin’ and just begging for more as it reacts to these monster jams. Such jams include the lead and title track, a long-winded and totally electric tune followed by one of equal effect, “The Gator Dance,” followed by, yes, another don’t-even-think-about-sitting-down track called “Change Up.” Yep, by now, you’re singing rapper Nelly’s “Hot in Herre.”

Of course, let’s not omit the slow, tender, and romantic tracks here like the seven-minute aptly titled “Moonlight Romance.” Full of sexiness and that alluring and irresistible call to shower your lover with heat and affection, Tate had to fully know how this tune would be received.

Staying on that romantic journey, Tate offers the sultry, saucy, and smooth “The Chill Zone,” simply a winner by all standards for romantic pieces. This track has one of the most hypnotic melodies and hooks. Enticing piece of work, to say the least.

Kicking it back into high gear, the saxman takes off again with the up-tempo and funky “Really?” (with keys making an impressive appearance here, by the way) and “It’s the Weekend Baby!”

So it goes throughout this album with Tate switching from tenor to soprano sax toward the end of the album with all the ease you’d expect from one so talented and driven by sheer momentum.

Whether taking the place apart with fiery up-tempo jams or offering the tenderness and seductiveness of the slow jams, Tate’s delivery is so effortless that you know this had to have been a spiritual encounter for him.
You just can’t get that kind of sizzle without feeling that something more is driving you. In a nutshell, this is the one CD for those liking action-packed contemporary jazz. – Ronald Jackson



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