Smooth and Soulful Jazz trumpet, with awesome guitar, blazing sax and exquisite piano along with great arrangements and beautiful passionate vocals. Bill is a veteran smooth jazz artist and this is his long awaited 4th CD.
Since his first solo CD, "This One's 4U", was released in 2002, Bill McGee has survived prostate cancer, had nine grandchildren, retired after thirty years as a school administrator and music teacher, released seven different CD's as the CEO of the 804 Music Group and has come around full circle as a full time musician and recording artist. He was given his first trumpet lesson in 1963, and says that he's still working on learning how to play the instrument. Bill recorded for the first time in 1970, in a small studio in College Park, Georgia with his classmates who went on to become "Brick". After receiving two gold records and working with stars like the O'jays, Lou Rawls, Evelyn Champagne King, and The Sugarhill Gang, learning how to play is a bit of an understatement. But after a nine year hiatus since the hit CD "Chase The Sunset", Bill wants everybody to know that he is "Still Bill", a soulful, spiritual, jazzy kind of trumpet guy, who as an arranger and composer can hang with the best in the business. The CD "Still Bill" comes with all flavors of Jazz, Soul and Gospel Jazz. With a great cast of musicians and singers who all have what Bill likes to call "The Gift". Much of the music is a reflection on his early life as a young trumpet player learning songs like "Watermelon Man", "Cantaloupe Island" and his first public solo, at a pep rally, playing "Grazing in The Grass". Another group of songs represent his days as a young professional musician and being influenced by Mandrill's "Fence Walk" and Philly International's "Children of the Night", by the Stylistics, performed beautifully by Yolanda "Yonnie" Coleman. Then we find the songs on this CD that reflect on a spiritual journey that recognizes we all come "Full Circle", and in time learn to appreciate "The Gift" of music given to us by the creator. Then we reflect and share the beautiful uplifting melody of the original Jazz - Gospel composition "Just You Wait and See" performed by the marvelous voice of Reverend Cora Harvey Armstrong, and the 804 Jazz Allstars. The CD "Still Bill" reflects the life and experience of the veteran trumpet player Bill McGee, who sincerely believes "To whom much is given; much is required."
The CD "Still Bill" has eleven outstanding songs all by Bill McGee and his associates, Tom Reaves a phenomenal guitarist who has played on all four of Bill McGee’s CD’s, E.J. Shaw a gifted drummer, bass player and pianist and Brandon Lane, a gifted composer, arranger, engineer, and bass player extraordinaire. Brandon at 13 made his recording debut when he played on Bill’s cover of “I Wish” from the Chase The Sunset CD. Along with these three fantastic musicians the CD “Still Bill” features many, talented musicians and singers including Fox Hole Records guitarist, Freddie Fox, on Brandon’s composition “Full Circle”. And there is the young prodigy, Ayinde Williams, the 18 year old pianist is featured on the lead single “Cantaloupe and Watermelon”. A 2015 high school graduate, Ayinde was awarded a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music to study Jazz Performance. Bill says “it was an honor to feature Ayinde of these two Herbie Hancock classic’s because of the synergy and similarities between a young Herbie Hancock and this fine young pianist who is most definitely heading for bigger and better things as a jazz pianist.”
Also featured on the CD are 804 jazz label mates, James Saxsmo Gates (Sax) and Dr. Weldon Hill (Piano), both of these fantastic artist have been recently nominated on the first ballot for a Grammy, in composition and arranging. Saxsmo stands out once again on several songs, one in particular is “I Know You Got Soul”, a funky G minor blues that will have you bopping your head from side to side. The CD “Still Bill” has so many great originals and cover tunes that it is fundamentally a top to bottom listen. And as it closes out you will hear a composition that was written to acknowledge the 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the United States. This song was released on Facebook and Youtube as a tribute video and received many thousand views. Bill explained that he is not Catholic, but he admires Pope Francis for being a simple man of the people, sick and poor, a man with flaws who follows the words of Christ as he ministers to his flock. In recording this song Bill stepped away from slick studio production and recorded it in one take, a capella, keeping all of the flaws and nuances in an effort to reflect the realness of the moment and the person of Pope Francis, then the music was added to enhance the mood of his soulful trumpet playing. This song brings the CD to a beautiful culmination of excellence and creativity. And yes he is “Still Bill”.
Bill McGee - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Strings, Arrangements, Producer, Engineer Tom Reaves - Guitar, Associate Producer, Engineer E.J. Shaw - Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Associate Producer, Engineer Brandon Lane - Bass, Trombone, Keys, Programming, Producer, Engineer (Full Circle), Associate Producer Larry Dee - Organ, Production Assistant James Saxsmo Gates - Sax Ayinde Williams - Piano Hannon D. Lane, Freddie Fox - Guitar (Freddie Fox appears courtesy of FoxHole Records) Cora Harvey Armstrong - Piano, Lead Vocals (Just You Wait and See) Matthew Zavich, Kevin Simpson, Dexter Moses - Sax Juan Nelson - Bass Kenneth Gill - Trombone Kofi Shepsu - Drums Yolanda "Yonnie" Coleman - Lead Vocals (Children of The Night) Shawanda Yeldell - Lead Vocals (Fence Walk) Will Hall - Piano, Marsha Meekins - Flute Ellis Muhammad - Keyboards, Programming Vocals: Wanda Tiller, Thomasine Johnson, Wanda T. McGee, Clarissa Jackson, Keisha Curry-Hilliard, Tiffany Thomas, Chasity Nero, Kanika McKinzie, Yolanda Coleman, Casper C. Coleman, Leandra Wilson, Tom Reaves, Bill McGee Sound FX: Amani, Kameron, Jordan, Sean, (Boo boo and The Huggables) with Layla and Joshua (Monk)
Greater Is He
Cora Harvey Armstrong
For The Lord Is Good 4:040:00/4:04
Amazing Grace 4:450:00/4:45
Eye Has Not Seen 2:340:00/2:34
Not Guilty 3:040:00/3:04
Not Guilty 3:040:00/3:04
Greater Is He 2:500:00/2:50
I Must Go Through 3:140:00/3:14
I Am So Grateful 2:400:00/2:40
You and Not Man 3:230:00/3:23
Joy In Paradise 3:180:00/3:18
I Am Here For You 4:430:00/4:43
James Saxsmo Gates
Chase The Sunset
Smooth Jazz Trumpet - Bill McGee is Chris Botti, Rick Braun & Greg Adams with a touch of Soul & a dash of R&B - great covers & smooth originals that soothe & satisfy - this is riding music, work around the house music, or sitting by the fireplace music.
They say that three times is a charm. CHASE THE SUNSET - is the 3rd Solo Smooth Jazz CD from trumpeter, flugelhornist, and multi-instrumentalist, Bill McGee. Following in the tradition of "This One's 4U" and "Soul Man", Bill adds five (5) smooth originals to a blend of seven (7) R&B/Soul cover songs that make this a perfect choice for people seeking new musical experiences. CHASE THE SUNSET is a great collection of classic covers; including Stevie Wonder's - "I Wish" featuring Mike Spratley (vocals) on the last chorus and Brandon Lane on bass, Brandon's a 13 year old prodigy making his recording debut on this cut and Earth, Wind and Fire's - "Keep Your Head To The Sky". Then you get to hear the beautiful and talented Chyp Greene (Plunky & Oneness) on a classic Quiet Storm version of "Go Outside In the Rain". "Outside in the rain" alone makes this CD worth the purchase, this version is destined for years of Quiet Storm play at radio stations all over the world. It's just that smooth. The title song "Chase The Sunset" is a mood setter, the kind of song that you rewind to keep your groove smooth. It features Bill's long time musical co-writing partner, Tom Reaves on Guitar. This is the quintessential smooth jazz groove that takes you to another place and soothes all the daily stress (a must hear.) Another song to check is Bill's cover of "I Like The Way You Move", featuring Neo-DooWop group Bak N Da Day on vocals and James Saxsmo Gates on Sax, this version of the song is as classic as the original by Outkast and the Kenny G - Earth Wind and Fire Collaboration on the same song. Bill is one of the best multi-instrumentalist in the country and does all of the rhythm tracks except guitar and all of the brass work, when combined with the smooth blending of Bak N Da day, Saxsmo's intense sax solo and Tom Reaves' great guitar work, this song becomes one of the best ever recorded versions. Now, if you've purchased the first two albums you can testify that Bill McGee is a master at remaking Stylistic songs. This album features Bill and friend James Holden (Soprano Sax) on "STOP, LOOK & LISTEN". This is a great version of the smooth and classic hit, with a great Flugelhorn - Soprano Sax duet, frequent modulations and interesting background vocals arrangements. "The Groove" is dedicated to the TV show 24 featuring Keiffer Sutherland. (Bill's a huge fan) Which prompted him to write this song that is subtitled 24 Jack's Shanghai Groove. Based on the episode where Sutherland's character is kidnapped and transported on a slow boat to China. The star of this CD is "GOLD BABY", a tight groove that features Bill, Saxsmo, and Tom Reaves getting down with a fun and funky groove. The call and response on this song will have you singing along even though it's an instrumental. This song is dedicated to Bill McGee Sr. of Chicago, IL who was nick named Gold Baby at birth because his mother paid the hospital with Gold coins back in 1927. (The Gold was given to her by her husband, the famous gospel music pioneer, Bishop F.W. McGee, who was out of town when Bill, Sr. was born). Now, if you're a person who likes to move while you listen to your favorite song, then this CD has the perfect song for you. First heard by Bill in the movie "Shall We Dance", "SWAY" is the classic dance song recorded by The Pussy Cat Dolls and featured in the movie starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Bill's rendition features Joe Taylor on Flute and Bill performing all of the brass and rhythm instruments. If you're alive, you'll have to move your body when you listen to this song. "What's Going On" is the Marvin Gaye classic which is performed to perfection on this CD by Saxsmo and Joshua Hodari (vocals). Another great track is the Earth, Wind and Fire Classic "Keep Your Head To The Sky" featuring Shawn Chappelle ("People Make The World Go Round"). Inspiration for this song came from the arrangement by Maysa Leake (Incognito). The songs "Chill" featuring popular smooth jazz guitarist and recording artist, Jim Adkins and "Kickin & Screamin" featuring pianist Debo Daney, are just as note worthy... the entire album is VERY GOOD MUSIC, professionally record by seasoned professionals. If you like Rick Braun, Chris Botti, Greg Adams, Kirk Whalum, Richard Elliot, Norman Brown, Dave Koz, Bob Baldwin, or Joe Sample, CHASE THE SUNSET will work well in your CD player. Buy it....
Smooth Jazz with tight horns, smooth vocals and great arrangements; Get Here if you can is a hit... Soul Man is smooth...Bill McGee is a master arranger and top recording trumpet player.
This is the second solo CD from one of the most soulful horn men in the country. Bill has recorded or performed with The O'Jays, Fred Wesley, Evelyne Champagne King, The Stylistics, Pattie LaBelle, The SupaFriendz, Lou Rawls, Ray, Goodman and Brown, The Sugar Hill Gang, Angie Stone (Sequence), Brick, Grand Master Flash, and The 5 Blind Boys. He's been a mentor/advisor to many of today's top young talent including; D'Angelo, Mad Skillz, Danja Mowf, Jo Doja, and The SupaFriendz
Soul Man is a CD for the soul, a combination of Miles Davis, Rick Braun, Chris Botti with a touch of soul. The 12 song CD is more than one whole hour of listening pleasure. This CD features many of the 804 Jazz Allstars in outstanding performances along with great orchestration and arrangements by multi-instrumentalist Bill McGee. Soul Man is an independent release with major label talent, arrangements, production, sound quality. Inspired by the writers of The Harlem Renaissance this great CD contains a balance of six original compositions and six covers of great pop, soul and two straight ahead jazz classics. www.804jazz.com
This One's 4U
Bill McGee is the man with the horn & this is his 1st CD featuring 11 Smooth Jazz Classics. He's recorded and performed with the best. The O'Jays, The Stylistics, Sugar Hill, Grandmaster Flash, Evelyn King. BACK IN STOCK NOW.
If you like smooth jazz featuring the Trumpet as the primary instrument with saxes and guitars then This One's 4U. If you're looking for excellently produced music with crystal clear sonic quality and professionally balanced mixes, This One's 4U. If you're looking for a variety of styles and moods, from latin jazz rhythms to soulful melodies, to silky ballads featuring dynamic female vocalists, then This One's 4U.
This CD is truly a work of art from the soul of a very talented musician. The only question anyone trying to decide if they want to buy it is do you buy Smooth Jazz? If you're a Smooth Jazz fan then This One's 4U.
Chieli Minucci called Bill McGee after receiving his copy and said "I'm really honored to have you re-record My Girl Sunday. The production is great and you have great chops Bill. If we're gigging in the same area I'll definitely call you up on stage - Thanks"
Here's what Cedric James of KWJZ 98.9 Seattle has to say: "Bill McGee's debut is an impressive coming out. The arrangements are clean and smooth. It's becomes apparent that Bill is no new comer to the business with regards to the performances on this disc. His version of the Minucci hit "My Girl Sunday" is excellent as is Nadia's Theme. The stand-out track is the title song, "This One's 4U". Congratulations Bill you're on your way sir!"
Bill McGee says "My favorite is San Diego Sunset, it takes me to another place in time. I also really like People Make The World Go 'Round. LaLa is a really hip song that I wrote for my mother and I feel that I solo my best on This One's 4U... I got into the groove and couldn't stop... Over The Rainbow and Jesus Loves Me is a spiritual favorite because both songs mean a lot to me. Over The Rainbow is my secular favorite song of all time and Jesus Loves me is the way I feel. Day-Oh is a favorite because of it's complex brass layers and the way James Gates plays on this song. My Girl Sunday gets great reviews from everybody I know and James Holden really plays on that song... Over all I think the album is well worth the money. I've compared my CD to my favorite CD's by other artist and it stands up well to them all, it's clean and the performances are great. If you like Smooth Jazz buy it, I think you'll like it. God Bless" - Bill McGee
Bill McGee was born in Richmond, Virginia, raised in Brooklyn, New York, Petersburg, Virginia, Jefferson City, Missouri, and Atlanta, Ga. It was in Atlanta that he began to study music while in the seventh grade. He then attended the historic Booker T. Washington High School which was the first public high school in Gerorgia for African-Americans. Martin Luther King, Gladys Knight, Jean Carne, Dr. Louis Sullivan, Julian "Nipsie" Russell, Rory Calhoun, Elmo Spencer, and Gewn Torrence all attended this historic high school. While at Washington High School Bill McGee learned to seek musical excellence and to never settle for less than the best. That's why This One's 4U is an excellent debut solo album well worth the price. So, if you like Smooth Jazz that features great performances, a variety of styles, smooth sensual vocals, and crystal clear sound quality then - This One's 4U. BACK IN STOCK NOW!