Saxophonist Andrew Neu follows up his successful NuGroove Records debut with his 4th contemporary jazz CD, "Everything Happens for a Reason." Along with producers Brian Bromberg and Steve Oliver, Andew has assembled an all-star band, featuring Rick Braun, Bobby Caldwell, Jeff Lorber, Tom Schuman and Alex Acuna. Embellished by a horn section and a full orchestra, this project takes you on a musical journey around the world. Andrew co-wrote a song with Bobby Caldwell and arranged a unique take on the jazz classic, "Take Five". Inspired by the soul jazz and Latin music of the 1960s, it's reminiscent of Quincy Jones and Sergio Mendes.
Everything Happens for a Reason
Produced by Brian Bromberg except for two tracks with Steve Oliver*
1. Everything Happens for a Reason
2. Poolside * (Featuring Steve Oliver)
3. Hit Me Up (Featuring Jeff Lorber)
4. Orchestral Prelude to What Would I Do
5. What Would I Do (Featuring Bobby Caldwell)
6. Night of the Mojito (Featuring Rick Braun and Jeff Lorber)
7. Take Five
8. Dreaming of Lions * (Featuring Steve Oliver and Brian Bromberg)
9. Bring It On (Featuring Rick Braun)
10. Vespa (Featuring Ramon Stagnaro and Brian Bromberg)
11. Date Night (Featuring Jeff Lorber)
12. What Would I do (Instrumental bonus track featuring Brian Bromberg)
By blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, saxophonist Andrew Neu delivers a fresh sound to the contemporary music scene. Whether he's in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu's musicianship and engaging stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike.
Regularly touring the world with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson, Andrew has shared the stage with Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mellissa Manchester, Mel Torme, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, The Four Tops and The Temptations among others. He has also recorded as a soloist with Peter White (Billboard #1 record and song), Bobby Caldwell, Sister Sledge, Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn, Steve Oliver (smoothjazz.com #8), Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson and Buddy DeFranco.
Fueled by the international success of 'Inspire' (2000) and 'In Clear View' (2007), Andrew made his debut on NuGroove Records with 'Try Something Neu' (2009). Charting in the top 20 on the Smooth Jazz charts it was produced by Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb and Gerald Vea¬sley. A graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer School of Music, Neu is a voting member of NARAS and the Grammy Awards. His big band charts are published with Kendor Publishing. Please visit him at www.andrewneu.com and on Facebook.