Saxophonist Trey Daniels creates a perfect blend of old and new school music, while infusing the distinct intricacies of genres such as funk, neo-soul, pop and jazz on his first solo project. His debut album features a few special guests but mostly consists of original tunes - including the super melodic, dazzling high-energy single:
"86th St." which will be released ahead of his first full length project entitled EVOLVE, due out in early 2018. This lively track is perfect for putting some zing into your playlist while paving the way for fresh, emerging talent.
The Tampa native's unique story behind his music is like that of none other. Born at two pounds, eight ounces, as an infant he was unable to use his own lungs to breathe - so, he says, "It's truly a miracle that I am able to do what I do today, and it's the reason I am able to play with such passion, energy and honesty."
Now in Atlanta, one of his musical goals is to "bridge the gap" between generations and show younger music fans that jazz is cool and fun no matter what the age. Trey recently launched his own educational program called Music on a Mission, in which he visits schools, teaches kids about jazz and encourages their own musical dreams before giving them performance they won't forget. He's done it locally at several Atlanta schools and plans to take the program nationally.
"Trey Daniels is already creating an impressive following for himself with an explosive melodic vibe that's sizzling and contemporary but also grounded in classic R&B, jazz and funk magic. With his heart in the right place and faith driving his spirit to follow a delightfully creative and emotional muse, we can expect many great things from this extraordinary talent. Trey mentions fellow Tampa saxman Eric Darius as an early influence, and he's got that same Darius-like charismatic live presence and desire to create music that pushes the envelope sonically and propels the genre forward. This is a journey that will be worth watching and listening to!" - Jonathan Widran
"The future of smooth jazz saxophone music seems assured with Trey Daniels, a 28-year-old Tampa native, who now makes his home in Atlanta. His goal, in his own words, is "to touch lives one note at a time". He's off to a tremendous start as he assembles the pieces for his debut, full-length solo album. Featuring mostly new songs and a group of special guests, the CD is highlighted by "86th St.", a propelling track that will make anyone groove! Daniels' alto sax shimmies and slides as he gives the reeds a workout while returning to a jazz-funk chorus that jumps out of the speakers with its energy. The world is starting to sound a little better." -Brian Soergel
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