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Miles High

by Skip Martin

You know him as the lead singer for both the Dazz Band and Kool & the Gang. Skip Martin’s first smooth jazz CD 'Miles High' is filled with hip, cool, funky, smooth jazz grooves. Ronnie Laws, Wayman Tisdale, Ricky Lawson, Al McKay & Bruce Conte feature.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Do Da
3:37 $0.99
2. Smooth Sailing (featuring Ronnie Laws)
3:47 $0.99
3. Apropos
3:46 $0.99
4. Are You Ready (featuring Wayman Tisdale & Ricky Lawson)
4:00 $0.99
5. I Give My Heart
3:20 $0.99
6. Miles High
3:47 $0.99
7. You Are My Starship
4:06 $0.99
8. Are You Ready (Spoken Word)
3:44 $0.99
9. Old School Rules (featuring Al McKay)
3:26 $0.99
10. Moon Splash
2:40 $0.99
11. Monster Bites
4:05 $0.99
12. Apropos (Spoken Word)
3:44 $0.99
13. Careless Whisper (featuring Bruce Conti & Ricky Lawson)
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
The idea of Skip Martin’s first solo jazz project was pure and simple – “it was just time”.

With 26 album releases as lead vocalist with Dazz Band, Kool & the Gang and his own solo projects, Skip wanted to record a project where he did his ‘singing’ through his trumpet. “I’ve recorded with both groups in the horn section but never as a solo instrument” stated Skip.

The result is ‘Miles High’ filled with hip, cool, funky, smooth jazz grooves. “You’ll definitely come away ... with ... a sense of what Miles might be doing musically if he were still with us.”(Scott O’Brien for smoothjazz.com).

‘Are You Ready’ the debut single, with Skip on trumpet and vocals, Wayman Tisdale on bass guitar and Ricky Lawson on drums is “...a laid back blend of classic styles. If Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd were in the same band they would open their set with this tune...” (Gene
Harris, Jr., MBA and Cat Lee for GrooveDoctorsRadio.com).

Ronnie Laws appears on sax on the ‘Smooth Sailing’ track in a beautiful trumpet and sax duet – ranging from sultry grooves to profound narratives.

‘Miles High’, the title cut, a tribute to Miles Davis written the night Miles died, clearly shows an insightful range of diverse influences from the modern jazz era known as the Miles Years. “... jazz that can appeal to the novice and seasoned listener...” (Enorman for soulpatrol.

Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire comes through on guitar with the track ‘Old School Rules’ and Bruce Conte of Tower Power also on guitar is featured on ‘Careless Whisper’.

The album includes the first recordings of spoken word poet Bronze Paragon on the tracks ‘Are You Ready’ (Spoken Word) and ‘Apropos’ (Spoken Word) – which just make you sit up and listen.

“I’m very excited about this project” admits Skip Martin. “It took 2 years in the making with a few starts and stops but the journey was well worth the time”.



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Cheryl Cotton

Miles High
I loved this CD!!!!!! I was not disappoonted at all!!!


Very nice CD, well worth the purchase...............
This CD is a must for your collection!

Thank you for the quality music!


Join the "Miles High" club it's worth the ride.
Armed only with the knowledge of Skip Martin as the lead singer of not one but two legendary R&B groups, Kool and the Gang and the Dazz band I really did not know what to expect from his first solo jazz project "Miles High". So I will tell you what I found out and what I quickly realized.

The Cat can play really play. (A fact that any idiot should have known...duh. Kool and the Gang and the Dazz Band! Both of these groups built on Jazz foundations. To be invited into these groups one cannot simply be a player!
One can still make jazz that can appeal to the novice and the seasoned listener. This is a great CD to introduce someone who really has had a hard time in the past finding an opening into the jazz world because it is flavored strong jazz notes and some simple R&B backgrounds.
The cut Miles High was written the night Miles Davis died so in more than just a small way this album is dedicated to him. And that is why the title cut is my personal favorite cut along with #2 Smooth Sailing with a beginning that will remind you of Michael Jackson's Human nature and #3 Apropos which all really remind me of the stuff Miles did later in his life like Man with the Horn. There is also a really lovely version of "You are my Starship" on this CD. I would not say so if not true, as Starship maybe my favorite song of all-time. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the spoken word version of "Apropos" and the sensual whisper of "Are You Ready". Believe me you wont be ready for this one.

So the last word from me is join the "Miles High" club it's worth the ride.

Gene Harris, Jr., MBA and Cat Lee - GrooveDoctorsRadio.com

...Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd ... would open their set with this tune.
When you put the new Skip Martin "Miles High" CD in your player for the first time ever, you'll wonder why the buzz about this project isn't a loud roar. Track one is a groove called "Do Da". This song reaches out and grabs you firmly from somewhere deep in the pocket. Track 2 is called "Smooth Sailing" and features a well done call and response with Skip Martin on trumpet and Ronnie Laws on saxophone, very well done. Track three is called "Are You Ready." This song is a blend of classic styles, if Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd were in the same band they would open their set with this tune. Skip is featured on trumpet and vocals on "Are You Ready". If you are going to do a cover do it well. Skip presents a new version of Norman Connors' and Michael Henderson's Starship, updated for the new millennium and mighty tasty. The severity of the groove returns on the next track, Miles High, clearly a tribute to Miles Davis. Skip Martin is well known for his work with Kool And The Gang and the Dazz Band. His improvisational vocabulary is explored for a new flock of fans on this project. Whether you're in first class or coach this CD is perfect to take along for the ride. The final cut is called "Apropos" and it puts a close on a CD that ends too soon and leaves the listener yearning for much more. Skip Martin is truly bringing the pain and the cure, listen up - www.GrooveDoctorsRadio.com.

Cliff Gorov

Skip Martin sizzles with his debut album titled Miles High
Skip Martin sizzles with his debut album titled Miles High with tasty tracks that are sure to wet your Smooth Jazz appetite. "Are You Ready", "Smooth Sailing", and "Starship" showcase his talent as a trumpeter. It's a velvety sounding treat with a casual vibe on top. - Cliff Gorov, All That Jazz, Inc.

Scott O'Brien, smoothjazz.com

Killer stuff on MILES HIGH - well worth your time and attention
Old School meets Cool School on this outstanding new disc from a vocalist and trumpet pro who's been in your ears and on your music player for a long time now, on 14 albums from the Dazz Band and 7 from Kool & The Gang. On this latest solo outing, Skip Martin plays it like Miles, but with a stylish nod to both old school and to the more contemporary hip-hop rhythms. You'll definitely come away from your first listening to this gem with both an appreciation for what a fine trumpet player Skip Martin is, and a sense of what Miles might be doing musically if he were still with us. Killer stuff on MILES HIGH, and well worth your time and attention. The tunes range from Smooth Jazz meets Cool Jazz (Check out 'Smooth Sailing', featuring sax man Ronnie Laws) to Cool Jazz meets Hip Hop, on tracks like 'Monster Bites' and 'Apropos'. Definitely some great slow jams on this album, too, like the sensual 'Are You Ready' and 'You are My Starship'. This project has the kind of performances that keep this whole genre we call Smooth Jazz interesting and fresh; combining what you'll hear as definitively Smooth Urban Jazz with throwback elements that will remind you stunningly of one of the great masters of the art of jazz. ~Scott O'Brien, www.smoothjazz.com