Hillsboro Jazz breaks its tradition of showcasing traditional jazz to include smooth jazz saxophonist Mark Douthit to the lineup.
This Nashville resident has played alto, tenor, soprano or baritone sax on some 4,000 albums by some of the top artists in pop, R&B and jazz--Elton John, The Neville Brothers, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald and others.
Douthit's 10-track album, "Groove," is a balance of original compositions and interpretations. Listeners will find an arrangement of songs by Steely Dan ("What A Shame About Me") to Stevie Wonder ("You and I") to Earth, Wind & Fire's selection, "Can Hide Love." The only vocal selection on the album is "What You Won't Do For Love," featuring "Groove" guitarist Chris Rodriguez.
Not all selections are remakes. Douthit also includes original tracks he composed such as "Voice of the Heart," the only soprano sax feature on the album and "What Was."
The listener can feel the personality of Douthit in each song, exposing a fresh voice on the Hillsboro label.