Houston, Texas, native Steve Baxter brings an unique jazz sound to the stage with his debut release, "In and Out."
During high school in Houston, Baxter performed with the award-winning Forest Brook High School Stage Band, and then continued his training at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in Jazz Studies from 1980-1983.
In 1991, Baxter moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides, pursuing a solo career. His repertoire ranges from R&B to Latin Salsa to Afro Cuban Jazz. He has toured with well-known artists including BoneSoir, Ray Charles, Horace Tapscott, Jazz Crusaders, Bobby Matos, Babyface, Eric Benet, 13 Cats, Patti Labelle, Sheila E, Beck, and Ziggy Marley.
Baxter is not only a stellar trombonist, but an innovative musician. He serves as executive producer of "In and Out,"
by adding vocals, keys and programming. Of course, the success of the album is not complete with the addition of several guest musicians -- consisting of bassists, saxophonists, guitarists, percussionists and vocalists.
The track "Gangsta Bone" brings in a little '70s funk featuring the vocals of Wade 3. The whisper of the saxophone by Ernie Fields Jr. makes one want to clap and dance to the groove. For a slow ballad, check out the track, "Right Time," featuring the vocals of Lamont Vanhook. His soft voice adds a pleasant touch of longing for the company of a special friend. Also, check out "You Are," co-written by Mica Fisher.
Julie Delago's smooth vocals add a refreshing touch to the album's title track, which could compete on the level of contemporary jazz musicians Wayman Tisdale and Boney James. Baxter pays tribute to his hometown with the track, "Sunrise in Houston."
Baxter's "In and Out"
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