Saxophonist Eric Marienthal has some pretty impressive jazz credentials: highest proficiency rating from Berklee College of Music, and started his career playing with Al Hirt and Chick Corea. He’s recorded on six of Chick Corea’s Elektrik Band albums (two of which won Grammys) and written a number of saxophone and jazz education books for Alfred Publishing. He’s recorded 14 solo albums and has worked with Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, and Jeff Lorber, of whose band he has played.
His most recent album was 2015’s Bridges. The late Chuck Loeb produced the album for him and backed him on guitar. Here’s the lead track from that album, “Westward.”
From the 1998 tribute album Walk Tall: Tribute to Canonball Adderley, here is “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.”
You can hear more of Eric’s music on Spotify and YouTube. His website hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, but he’s pretty active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, though he doesn’t appear to be too active on the latter.
Eric Marienthal, your Two for Tuesday, August 20, 2019.