Geno Marriott spins tales with his soprano saxophone, telling a story with each solo, each phrase – all with a finely-wrought opening and a satisfying conclusion. Smooth jazz is the style, and with ‘Take The Time; Smell The Roses’, his newest single, it’s three minutes of pure serenity, which washes over you, soothes you, and eases you into a relaxed state of mind.
Marriott’s playing is immensely dynamic, starting coy and suggestive, becoming full-bodied and lush as the song progresses. That’s the sort of thing he’s always done with his ensemble, The Spirit Of Jazz, and it’s what has recommended him to open for artists working in many styles, including Boney James, Dave Koz, Julian Vaughn, and Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers.
For the music video accompanying the single, Geno Marriott puts his million-dollar smile on display, underscoring the song’s theme by beaming, widely, from the midst of a rosebush in bloom. He takes his soprano sax to a lakeside pier and blows as the water ripples behind him; he strides through a forest grove; he lets the strains echo around a beautiful arboretum. Marriott is a man on the move, chasing beauty and experience wherever he finds it and always looking at the world through fresh eyes.
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