Andre Ward | Steppin' Up

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Steppin' Up

by Andre Ward

Style similar to Najee, Kenny G, Rob White, and Grover Washington
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Keep Running
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2. Warm Passion
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3. All I Ever Ask Featuring Chantel Rose
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4. Step in the Name of Love
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5. Utopia
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6. If You Leave Me Now
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7. City Vibe
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8. Heaven in My Life (andre’a)
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9. Holding Back the Years Featuring Maurice Jacobs
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10. Just Chillin
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11. Streets of Gold
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12. Every Time I Open My Eyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ANDRE WARD



With the ability to play the Soprano, Alto, Tenor Saxophone, and EWI ( electronic wind instrument) with skilled ease and passion, Andre Ward has been making noise on the Smooth Jazz scene winning fans over with his dynamic live performances. Having accomplished a top 5 position in Billboard Magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart with his debut album entitled “ Feelin’ You,” Andre is now ready to take the next step in his progression with his sophomore release appropriately titled “Steppin’ Up”.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Andre started playing music at the age of five. The snare drum would be his first instrument that would introduce him to his love of music, but it would be the saxophone that would ultimately allow him to receive a music performing scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Andre continued gaining recognition around the world, whether it was at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland or at the Performing Arts Tour in Africa. With a resume of experience working with some of the biggest names in the business, it is no wonder that Andre can command a stage and personally connect with each listener.

As for what inspires Andre creatively, it would have to be his love of different kinds of music. “I think it helps me to be a well-rounded musician. Gospel, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Traditional Jazz influence me. At first I only listened to Grover Washington, Jr. Then I was introduced to a recording of Cannonball Adderley and was blown away. I didn’t know that a saxophonist could sound like this. I fell in love with Traditional Jazz; Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. That is when I began to understand what Grover Washington was doing, he was combining both elements.”

Andre explains that recording this album has been a pleasure after learning so much while making his first album. Now adding producer to his credits, Andre also teamed up with seasoned producer Yasha who has worked with such artists as Najee and Alex Bugnon. Andre also brings along newcomers, vocalists seventeen year old Chantal Rose on “All I Ever Ask,” and Maurice Jacobs doing a rendition of Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years” produced by Michael Powell. Powell is known for his spectacular work with Anita Baker. Andre does a superb job with R. Kelly’s “Step In The Name Of Love” and “Heaven In My Life” is an original track that he wrote and produced for his daughter Andre’a.

Whether he’s writing, creating, or performing his music, Andre loves sharing himself with his listeners. With the release of “Steppin’ Up”, it is no wonder that Andre is raising the bar and taking it to the next level musically and creatively. Fans old and new will enjoy every bit of it.


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Arinando (Cincinnati)

Smooth Sound
I love the prodcution work on this. Not too my cds has that creative juice as this one has. Keep it up the great music, Andrea this one is a classic -a masterpiece!
-Arinando

RWH

Deeply Impressed
Mr. Ward have done a great job with this CD. I heard just a little of it and wanted to buy it....I did and friends continue to asked who is it and how they can get a copy. I have given them the address. Great Job Mr. Ward. I would like to hear a long verison of Step In The Name of Love, please let me know when and what CD I can buy it. Thanks again, Mr. Henry, previous consumer.

Tanya Scott


Remember Art Porter. You are where he lefted off. Keep the music coming. You have a new Fan.

Lynn Crisp

Crystal City
The first time I heard your music I was listening to the cable Smooth Jazz Station. I heard this song and I was like WOW! Who is that and what is the name of that song? I moved closer to the TV to check it out and the song was Chicago by Andre Ward, right then I decided I was going to purchase your Crystal City CD. When I purchased the CD I put it in right away and started listening to it. I fell in love with your music from the first song, the whole CD was Kicking! Andre...you are one of the most smoothest saxophone players around. I am going out to purchase your first 2 CD's, I can't wait...keep on putting out that amazing music!

harry silvia

great fresh exciting
great music,fresh,exciting,why no gig dates on his sites??