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From the Heart

by Skip Martin

Packed with funky, brassy grooves as well as Skip's caressing, sexy & romantic ballads, this is a must-have album for lovers of quality R&B and soul.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Send Me
3:32 $0.99
2. Mickey's Heart
4:18 $0.99
3. Wherever You Go
4:03 $0.99
4. Careless Whisper
4:01 $0.99
5. Call Me Crazy
4:47 $0.99
6. The Only Woman
4:54 $0.99
7. Tell Me Where You Want It
4:18 $0.99
8. Alone Tonight
4:07 $0.99
9. 50 Roses
3:37 $0.99
10. Stay
4:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
You know the Dazz Band. You know Kool & the Gang. You know Skip Martin...

Check out Skip's new solo release CD, a collection of compelling heartfelt beautiful songs - aptly titled "From the Heart".

Positive and passionate about life, is the best way of describing Grammy Award winner Skip Martin - lead vocalist, trumpet player, songwriter and producer...

Originally from the Bay Area, California and now based in Las Vegas, Skip has a string of impressive professional achievements and performances to his name. Some of these include Platinum & Gold Records recipient with two major recording groups, a total of twenty-four albums (six with Kool & the Gang and fourteen with The Dazz Band), music publisher, producer of both pop and jazz albums to name a few.

His tenor voice has a warm eclectic style developed through the years under the guise of maestro Stevie Wonder. Skip lists Miles Davis, Sammy Davis and Donny Hathaway as major influences on his musical development.

From the tender age of eleven Skip's attraction to the trumpet was encouraged and nurtured by those around him. By fifteen, his love affair with the trumpet had him playing professionally and astounding his audiences.

To date Skip has entertained millions of people around the world as Lead vocalist for both Kool & the Gang and The Dazz Band, (which won them a Grammy Award for the song "Let It Whip")

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Evelyn Manigault

Skip Martin's CD "knocks me off my feet"!
Skip Martin's CD was all I expected and more. He has a very beautiful and soothing voice, and his love songs reinforce a seemingly dying belief that romancing a woman and taking some time to meet her needs is still a good thing to do in this day and age. His entire CD is wonderful but my favorites are Careless Whisper (love the jazzy edge he gave it), You Can Call Me Crazy (a very, very funky and fun song), Tell Me Where You Want It (love the way he puts his heart and ego on the line for the sake of love), Mickey's Heart (a very touching story that shows chivalry is not dead), and last but definitely not least, The Only Woman (a tale of a man who's met his soul mate). Skip Martin is a very gifted writer, singer and musician, and his CD reflects all of these talents. Whether you listen to it by yourself or with that special someone, his CD will lighten your mood and put you in a very good place. Add it to your collection; you'll be glad you did.

shakyor from Spain

great cd
i already owned his previous japanese cd "for women only", but his song stay is a must. awesome song. amazing voice.

henry, germany

as a fan since his dazz - days and later kool and the gang, i did not know he was also a solo artist. i discovered this here at cd baby. then when i heard the cd i was really surprised why this man is not at # 1 in the charts ? every song is sung and produced with heart and passion. no filler tracks. great cd !!!

Mark Keegan

Quality contemporary Soul
If you appreciate good music look no further than this CD.
Skip Martin has a wonderful smooth and distinctive voice which is showcased to good effect by strong songs and production which is modern but still lets the Soul shine through. Skip also shows his Jazz chops with his trumpet soloing. He takes George Michael's Careless Whisper and makes it his own. On Call Me Crazy he injects some funk into his vocals to create an irresistably catchy number.
This is no self-indulgent solo project this is simply quality contemporary Soul.

Soul Express Online - Barry Towler

A must-have album for lovers of quality soul in 2003.
Skip Martin is one of my favourite male vocalists – whether he is fronting the Dazz Band or Kool And The Gang, he always delivers the goods for me – so I admit that from word go I am simply biased! This guy could recite the telephone directory and I would be pleased with it! On that basis, then, you will not be surprised to discover that I love this album of mixed tempos, passionate vocals (what else?!) and lyrics dedicated to love and romance.
This CD offers you the opportunity to drop the laser down on any track for any mood you are in at the time. You want to nod your head to some funky beats, then go ahead – you want to relax and get into a romantic mood then its all there. Skip blends in his wonderful voice with his trumpet and together with the quality 2003 arrangements makes this a very listenable, enjoyable and must-have album for lovers of quality soul in 2003.
Those of you who love the new Johnson & Branson CD, or even the Zapp, will be very impressed with this album that although is modern certainly nods its head to the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1980s. Needless to say I can hear plenty of Dazz Band in this album, and although the last Dazz effort was extremely worthwhile, this easily overtakes the set in every respect. Skip really should be proud of his efforts here!
Out of all 10 tracks there is only one minor setback for me and that is the cover version of "Careless Whisper". Even though this is a very worthy version I still think that George Michael is the only person who can do justice to the record – its his and I have yet to hear a version that can even scratch it. That aside we have NINE magnificent tracks to get our teeth into. The CD blasts off into funkiness with "You Send Me" which is his own song and not the Sam Cooke classic, this midtempo trumpet-filled jogger is a perfect vehicle for Skip’s classy vocals as so is "Mickey’s Heart" which is full of Horns and fine female vocals courtesy of a Lady called Veronica Morton. "Wherever You Go" is more lowdown, with Hammond riffs, rumbling bassline and toe-tapping beats and Skip’s imploring vocals weaving their magic. For funkier heads I suggest the KILLER brassy stepper "Call Me Crazy" which straight out the songbook of Dazz circa "Here We Go Again" but better! Lovers of the dancefloor scene should appreciate this kind of hip, cool jazzy funk groove that can only be described as EXPLOSIVE!
The beat shifts down a gear for the brassy "The Only Woman" which reminds me of the sort of classy midtempo material that the man worked on with Kool & The Gang’s "Sweat" album back in 1989. Impromp2 actually spring to mind with the ethereal "Tell Me Where You Want It" which is one of my favourite songs – the horns sparking the memories of Reggie Bias and the EW&F Horns.
This appetite wetter is a perfect morsel for more uptempo tastes such as the synth infused "Alone Tonight" which is on par with the aforementioned dancers. Skip, though, for my money has left the very best til last. The man always has created the most powerful and romantic ballads – look at any of his Motown output in the early / mid1980s and no further proof be needed. "50 Roses" is an extraordinarily funky midtempo beat ballad in a most subtle way – I can hear echoes of Midnight Star a la "Work It Out" in the music and melody and as such I can’t rate this enough.
Even saying that, the capping stone of the entire CD is the KILLER ballad, "Stay" which is just what I really expect from Skip: this is where the man’s best recordings can be found, in the love groove. This song has Skip’s ample vocal ability rather reigned in, but is instead smooth as silk, caressing a sexy groove complete with female backing vocals and superb Kenny G styled sax. What a phenomenal song capping off what is in my opinion a very strong CD. DO NOT OVERLOOK.

joanie crouse of San Francisco

this cd is good and Skip's voice sounds really good. There
needed to be more slow songs with those high notes that he
is known for that was lacking on this CD, but otherwise it
is a must for any fan of Skip as I am. It will definitely get a lot of play time because it is a good CD with a very nice song collection mainly mid temple. Skip, show us next time you still have the goods that we expect from you with the ballads. No one will be disappointed with this CD.

Lynne Howell (Beauti)

No Surprise Here
Thia CD was all that an then some. Having known Skip from his Mighty Generation days, I would have expected his solo efforts to have awesome love songs along with top flight brass and percussions performances. I was not disappointed nor surprised when the CD was all that an then some. All I know is while he sang I wanted to find me someone to cuddle. I will keep looking for the next effort.

tony simmons

i've loved this voice since i first heard it over twenty years ago. skip was blessed by God with an amazing voice, now add to that being an exceptional trumpet player. it's one thing to have these abilities, but many talented people do not know how to properly present their talent. no this guy. it seems as though skip effortlessly blends old school with new school, in knowing how to add horns and other instruments. maybe i'm biased, but it's all that. God bless you, skip