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Vandell Andrew
"Turn It up EP"

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Year of Release: 2014

track listing
  • Let's Ride
  • On The Go
  • Driven
  • Just Dance
  • Turn It Up

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    "Turn It up EP"

    Smooth Jazz has returned, with saxophonist Vandell Andrew. His Turn It Up EP gets the nod of approval this week, as his song, "Let's Ride" reached #1 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Smooth Jazz is simply (another) great musical genre, where there just isn't enough of it out there, in recognition. Sirius XM has a great Smooth Jazz channel, Watercolors. In the Chicago area, there was the famous Smooth Jazz radio station, WNUA, which left the radio airwaves, and moved online, as 95.5smoothjazz. Where most genres of music stations do not appear on either AM and/or FM, online is where to find them, with such online stations as 95.Ssmoothjazz, and satellite networks, such as Sirius XM.

    From his website:
    Who is Vandell Andrew? ... Hailing from the "Birthplace of Jazz" New Orleans, Vandell Andrew is a part of the new generation of the jazz genre. With two commercially released albums, 8 Billboard Top 25 singles, a #1 Ranking on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart and a 2014 Soul Train Award Nomination for "Best Contemporary Jazz Performance", Vandell is no stranger to success in the music industry.

    "Turn It Up" (2014), which featured the Soul Train Award Nominated, Billboard #1 Smash Hit "Let's Ride" was Vandell's introduction to the world as a world class artist and musician. Since the release of "Turn It Up" Vandell has been afforded the opportunity to play venues and festivals around the world, such as the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Legendary Ronnie Scott's in London, UK.

    Vandell has been honored to open for and share the stage with Kirk Whalum, Paul Brown, Peter White, Rick Braun, Bobby Lyle, Marion Meadows and many others.

    Vandell Andrew's Turn It Up EP only has 5 tracks, and they are all lively, and upbeat. There are all spectacular Smooth Jazz songs. And, of course, at the end of listening to these five tracks, you want to hear more. EPs only give a taste of great talent an artist has. In most cases, the EPs would later become full-length albums. (This was recently, for Country artist Walker Hayes - his EP, Country Stuff would become a full-length album, entitled Country Stuff The Album.)

    "Let's Ride" is great, with great rhythms and groovin'. Likewise, on "On The Go." The guitars on this one is also a highlight. The remaining three tracks ("Driven," "Just Dance," "Turn It Up") keeps the rhythms and grooves intact. Again as mentioned, at the end of the five tracks, you want to hear more.

    On that notion, Vandell Andrew's discography includes a total of 6 albums, and 2 EPs: Years Later (2011), Turn It Up EP (2014), For Lovers EP (2016), VA Covers (2017), 30 (2018), Balance (2020), and A Night In Dallas (2021).

    As mentioned on his website, his name, along with other Jazz greats as Paul Brown, Peter White, Rick Braun and Kirk Whalum (those are the names that I'm more familiar of), is a huge compliment. Smooth Jazz fans will definitely enjoy Vandell Andrew's music.

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