2019 album. Jazz.
American smooth jazz saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz and a true showman. However his latest release ‘Gratitude’ arrives on the heels of a health scare in Cole’s family. The successful battle left him feeling rejuvenated, with a renewed sense of hope and faith in his fellow humans. That depth of feeling shines through on the album’s ten tracks, which joyously spotlight Cole’s gift for infectious grooves, soulful melodies, and vibrant pop hooks.
”Going through something like this,” Cole says of the recent health scare, “and seeing all these marvellous people who care so much about others has really imbued my music with optimism and gratitude.” It’s during the times when we’re confronted with life’s hardest struggles that we learn to appreciate the humanity around us. On his latest album Steve offers thanks for the people who’ve helped see him through some of his tough times – the loved ones, the musicians and collaborators who rallied around, and the often-nameless professionals whose job is to help and to heal.
Co-produced with longtime collaborator and fellow saxophonist David Mann, ‘Gratitude’ in no way reinvents the trademark sound that has seen Cole consistently top the smooth jazz charts, both solo and with the much-loved sax trio The Sax Pack , over the last two decades. But it does find an artist with a love of life and an overflowing passion for self-expression, the formula for an invigorating and moving set of music.
”Joy is baked into this record, and hopefully it means as much to the listeners as it does to me.” Steve Cole
During his career to date Steve’s albums have been well-received, earning him several awards and Steve has sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and scored four No.1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits.