"(sigh) Absolutely gorgeous! The first two cuts just absolutely floored me. I thought they were just dazzling. Absolutely gorgeous! I loved the last song also. And there were a couple more that I thought were absolutely beautiful."
"Spotlight" review, Vision Music:
"The greatest saxophonist on the planet!"
Carter Knox, Entertainment Director, Fred Meyer Corporation:
"The first time I played this CD I thought: 'Wow! This is nice. Beautiful.' There are at least 4 Burt Bacharach quality top 10 hits on this CD...where you go away humming them."
From the Label
It is a joy for us to be able to market "New Beginning". It is rare to be able to find projects that inspire you all the way to the depths of your being, but this is one of those.
From the Artist
"New Beginning" was made with a desire to share beauty and the inventor/source of beauty, God within our hearts. The most pleasurable experiences that I've had are love, beauty, peace, reverence, joy and inspiration. These are the natural highs of life. Consequently my favorite music is the kinds that are filled with these feelings. But there is a great lack of this kind of music available in today's music market. So I hope that this CD will help to fill some of that void and help bring these very pleasurable experiences into people's lives. This is my most inspired CD ever.
The main feeling of this CD is beauty. It is done with tenor sax, flute, acoustic guitar and vocal leads, over lush backgrounds, including lots of strings. (The artist jokingly says: "If you're tired of all of the Sex and Violence, try Sax and Violins"). It includes (what regularly comes up in the polls as) the #1 song of all time, "Amazing Grace", a stirring arrangement of "How Great Thou Art", and 10 originals by Dennis Marcellino, whose last CD, "An Evening To Remember", sold well internationally and received a 5 star review in Jazzscene Magazine. The grooves range from 'pretty floaty ballads' to 'light pop ballads'.
About the Artist
Dennis Marcellino is a former member of The Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight") and San Francisco based groups Sly & The Family Stone, The Elvin Bishop Group, The Electric Flag and Rubicon. With these groups he recorded 10 albums. As a solo artist he had the #1 selling cassette in the Northwest in 1992 & 1993 ("It's Christmas"), and a 1994 CD release "Daddy's Home" (on which he also played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocal parts). His instrumental release in 1996 (now called â€œTenderlyâ€), earned him a 5-star review in Jazzscene Magazine, in which the reviewer called him a "master virtuoso" of the saxophone. Also noteworthy is the fact that in 1978, the band that Dennis co-founded with Sly & The Family Stone co-founder Jerry Martini, Rubicon, closed the largest paid-ticket event in history, Cal Jam 2 (350,000 attended, 250,000 paid), which was a 10 act concert that also included Santana, Heart, Aerosmith, Foreigner and Ted Nugent. Besides being a member of the above groups, over the years he's recorded and performed as a musician/vocalist with Sha Na Na, Rare Earth, The Spencer Davis Group, 3 Dog Night, Otis Day & The Knights, Danny & The Juniors, The Coasters, Blues Image, Mike Bloomfield, Graham Central Station, The Shirelles, Fabian, and The Platters. He has also been a special guest star on many television shows, including The Tracey Ullman Show (twice), American Bandstand, and Merv Griffin. While living in Los Angeles, he scored and performed the music for a number of movies, and sang the lead and played sax on two songs in "Sweet Bird Of Youth", starring Elizabeth Taylor. He comes from a musical family, with some of his relatives being: Jerry Marcellino (writer and producer for Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bobby Darin, The Jackson 5, +), Jocko Marcellino (leader of Sha Na Na), Vince Guaraldi, Sonny Bono, Muzzy Marcellino (who whistled the hit soundtracks for "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and "The High And The Mighty" and the theme song for â€œLassieâ€ and was bandleader for "The Art Linkletter Show"), and Gene Marcellino (former bass player for Gary Lewis and The Playboys). He is also the author of highly acclaimed books.
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2. New Beginning
3. How Great Thou Art
4. Sailing In Love
5. Amazing Grace
6. Morning Joy
7. Come Follow Me
8. The Longing Is Over
9. At Last
10. Be Filled With Love
11. Not Running Away
12. The Peace