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Crystal City

by Andre Ward

Style similar to Rob White, Kenny G, Grover Washington Jr. and Najee
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. They Keep Calling Me
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2. Wishful Thinking (feat. Barbara Fowler)
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3. Andre’s Theme (feat. Yasha)
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4. Chicago (here We Go)
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5. When You’re Alone
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6. Abstract
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7. It’s Written All Over Your Face
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8. New Orleans Lights
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9. More Than Friends
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10. I Don’t Want to Be in Love (feat. Marc Nelson)
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11. Crystal City
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12. When the Nighttime Comes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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ANDRE WARD
CRYSTAL CITY


Orpheus Music has been at the forefront of Smooth Jazz for over 30 years. Having shaped the careers of the genre’s top artists, the label continues its long-standing legacy with the latest release from Andre Ward. Smooth Jazz’s top saxophonist is changing the atmosphere by fusing the elements of traditional Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Hip-Hop and Pop into an explosive sound that is incomparable. A master of the soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, flute and EWI (electronic wind instrument), the hip connoisseur is reinventing the genre with the release of his new album, CRYSTAL CITY.

Born and raised on the westside of Chicago, Andre was introduced to music at an early age. “When I was 12 years-old, I met the drums and started playing the snare drums for about six months, then courted the trumpet for three months, but when I picked-up the saxophone, I fell in love and the eternal union began,” reveals the musician.

Similar to his musical inspirations Grover Washington Jr., Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley, Andre’s study of music and its many different intricacies enabled him to perfect a traditional jazz sound enhanced by his distinctive creative flair. Bestowed with a music performing scholarship at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Andre continued to pursue his passion by building a resume that rivaled his contemporaries. Having toured and worked with some of the biggest names in music, his dynamic performances have captivated audiences worldwide by creating an environment of smooth, sweet, hypnotic, sounds that seem surreal.

Fueled by passion, creativity, and pure talent, expectations became reality when Andre’s debut album, FEELIN YOU, reached a top five position on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, featuring the renditions of “Fallin” by Alicia Keys and “Shape of My Heart” by The Backstreet Boys. But it didn’t stop there. His sophomore album, STEPPIN UP, peaked in the top ten and it was no coincidence coming from Chicago, “The Stepper’s Capitol”, that his cover of R. Kelly’s hit, “Step In The Name of Love,” became his first single to cross genre lines. It broadened Andre’s fan base to include both R&B and hip-hop enthusiasts.

Now with his third release, CRYSTAL CITY, the growth and innovative approach showcased on his previous projects continues to be consistent. A product of Orpheus Music/Hush Productions, CRYSTAL CITY is a ground-breaking masterpiece executive produced by Beau and Charli Huggins. “From Alex Bugnon to newcomer saxophonist Rob White Orpheus Music / Hush Production’s name has been synonymous with quality music,” stated Beau Huggins, President of Orpheus Music. “Young, accomplished and edgy, Andre continues to build on the foundation laid by his Orpheus/ Hush predecessors, Najee and Kenny G.”

CRYSTAL CITY invites music lovers to a magical place that shines with unusual brilliance, where Andre Ward is the tour guide. The musical journey begins with the funk laced, “They Keep Calling Me,” followed by the dreamy “Wishful Thinking,” which is accented by the vocal prowess of Barbara Fowler, whose voice is reminiscent of a young Anita Baker. The Yasha produced, “Andre’s Theme,” is a smooth jazzy tune reflective of Ward’s laid back style, while, “I Don’t Want to be in Love,” produced by Marc Nelson (AZ Yet) and “Chicago Here We Go,” offers a soulful excursion for R&B music fans. But one of the most meaningful and personal songs on the album is “New Orleans Lights” penned as a tribute to the great city and the birthplace of jazz, where Andre shows off his technical abilities with heartfelt emotion.

Andre Ward continues to evolve into the type of musician that truly lives for the love of making music that respects the past, yet steps into the future. And with his newest release, he continues to do just that. CRYSTAL CITY is the perfect escape that will keep Smooth Jazz on the map forever.


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Imani

This is the best smooth jazz cd i have heard in a while!
this cd has twelve tracks and the singles can all be number ones...i am a big fan of smooth jazz, and i have heard a lot of artists. this album caputures me from front to back. it is very inspirational, moving, romantic, and edgy. i love it! and i recommend it to jazz as well as r & b lovers!

Kenneth Mahn

This is and outstanding smooth jazz cd. I have all 3 of Andre Ward's CDs , this

Tanya Scott


Two-Stepping all the way. It is so relaxing and I can not wait for #4. Andre keep them coming.

Shumba

Showing a lot of maturity.

Andre Hoxter

Very Nice!! Smoothe and Jaming!!
I think this CD will go far , nice tunes ,will order this soon!!

Jacqueline Wood

Crystal City
I remember Andre from early days at the Cotton Club in Boston. His version of My Funny Valentine was so hypnotic. Excelent Work!!! I wish good luck to always.

kevin lewis

crystal city
When is your nexts cd i hope it\'s a good one

Karen A.

Crystal City
My husband gave me your Crystal City cd for Valentine’s Day. Young, Mr. Ward you are a master. I love your cd every song is special.
Thank you for the musical masterpiece.

Charlotte W

Excellent - Where is your Concert
Excellent - My first exposure to Andre Ward left me wanting for more! I then went on a search to get the other two cd's. Wow - where is your next concert? How far do I have to travel? Each cut on Crystal City is more lofting than the next. My favorite - When you are alone, Crystal City, Abstract, when the Nightime comes and on and on ... Thank you!

Special K Jacksonville, Fl.

Crystal City
Keep doing what you're doing Dre. Nothing but love for you (good mu).
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