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Destinations

by Grady Nichols

Saxophonist Grady Nichols' Destinations is a musical journey dabbling in smooth jazz, pop, country and even reggae in a sophisticated contemporary jazz context. Guest appearances by Chris Rodriguez, Jeff Lorber, Bill Champlin. Features "London Baby!"
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. London Baby!
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2. Only Dreamin'
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3. You Know Me
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4. Beachside
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5. Faithfully
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6. Nothin' Better
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7. Only You Can Love Me This Way
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8. Superman
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9. Tulsa
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10. Coming Home
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11. You With Me
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12. Walk Thru My Dreams
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Destinations is a musical journey dabbling in smooth jazz, blues, country and even reggae. Grady explains: “I’ve always felt like you could put the saxophone in any genre and it works. So on this record, we experimented with a lot of genres, yet maintained a cohesive project from start to finish.”

To help create Destinations, Grady approached Chris Rodriguez to produce and co-write the CD. Chris has toured with artists such as diverse as Kenny Loggins, Amy Grant, Keith Urban and Faith Hill and brought that diversity to Destinations. Grady’s concept was for the saxophone to be treated as a lead singer and create songs that were very lyrical. And while you may hear strings, a banjo, a steel guitar or steel drum, it is still in a sophisticated contemporary jazz context.

Destinations includes a couple of vocal tunes (“Nothin’ Better” and “Superman”) and a couple of cover tunes (Journey’s “Faithfully” and Keith Urban’s “Only You Can Love Me This Way”). Jeff Lorber (who produced and co-wrote Grady’s CD Sophistication) also produced and co-wrote “You With Me” for Destinations. And Bill Champlin (formerly of Chicago and also appeared on Grady’s In The Fullness of Time project) is featured on “You Know Me.” The first single, London Baby!, is being received enthusiastically at Smooth Jazz Radio.

Grady pushed the envelope with Destinations and created a project that is fresh yet very palatable to contemporary jazz fans.


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SmoothJazz.com Review
No new comer to Smooth Jazz, Grady Nichols’ sixth solo album, DESTINATIONS, will be the one that puts him squarely on the map as a major contender in the next wave of sax stars. DESTINATIONS is everything that Smooth Jazz should be in the new world and takes us everywhere that we want to go... from urban to urbane, from soulful to soul-stirring. The project is exciting right from the start with the fresh single “London Baby!” featuring a sexy, energetic vibe that will make you want to party in style. Highlights include the swaggering, “You Know Me” with vocal contributions from Bill Champlain (Chicago, Sons of Champlin), a passionate cover of Journey’s “Faithfully,” “Superman,” a killer original that sounds like a Top 40 hit featuring Teel Merrick, plus, the Jeff Lorber produced, “You With Me.” Grady Nichols embosses his brand of Smooth Jazz with an Americana signature, by including heartland instruments (banjo, pedal steel guitar, mandolin) on cool, cosmopolitan tunes with sophistication and style! DESTINATIONS is a go!