Imagine. We miss you, John Lennon. 

Wow, imagine - it was 35 years ago! that John Lennon was killed.  I remember that evening vividly, and it changed by life. Radio stations started playing his and The Beatles' songs non-stop and it rekindled my life-long love for their music.  The Beatles' music is a passion and a hobby for me that lives in heart to this day.  

Here's my sax tribute to John Lennon, my version of his anthem, Imagine.  Enjoy.

I Wanna Be Your Man. Really, I do. 

As I was completing an upbeat arrangement of this classic early Beatle's song, I played it for Roberta Maxwell and she said, "No, it needs to be slow and slinky." So of course I did it over. As usual, she was right.  Here's the final, better version.  Enjoy!

Fallin' - Live Performance Video 

Fallin', the Grammy award winning song from Alicia Keys, is a perfect song for the saxophone - soulful, sultry, emotional - it's got it all.  Here's my live version of this beautiful haunting masterpiece.

This song, "Fallin'", is from my album Saxual Healing and can be found here: http://markmaxwellmusic.com/saxual-healing .  If you're a instrumentalist and you like to perform this song yourself, the play-along version can be found here: http://markmaxwellmusic.com/smooth-jazz-play-alongs

By the way, this is a song that my wife, Roberta, insisted that I record and, as usual, she was absolutely right!

7 Reasons Why The Saxophone Is So Popular 

It seems that everyone loves the sax. People tell me constantly how much they love the sax (you probably do, too, or you wouldn't be reading this, right?).

But why? What is it about the sax that's so wonderfully cool? And why does it effect so many people so strongly? Hmm... seems obvious to me:

1. Sax music makes you feel good. The very sound of the sax does something to you. It touches you. It tickles your nervous system, in a good way. The very vibration of the instrument changes your vibration as you hear it.
2. The saxophone sounds great anytime, in just about any kind of music, and makes almost any band more fun to listen to, even lousy bands. Even country music. Even polkas!
3. Saxophones create great ambiance. The sax sounds hip, sophisticated, relaxed, sensuous and romantic, and always creates great atmosphere no matter where its played.
4. The sax looks cool. Even just the look of the instrument itself is artistic and fun. Even just having a sax laying around the room creates a hip ambiance. Having a saxophone in a room will always inspire interesting conversation.
5. Sax music takes you there. A good player can really take you places like no other instrument. Sure, guitar players would argue with that, but its true!
6. Sax players are cool people. Almost universally, saxophone players are hip and interesting people. And I know a lot of them.
7. Sax & Sex. And I think you know what I mean. Need I say more?

No matter where you here it, or in what context, the saxophone always sounds great, looks great, and creates great ambiance. And it makes you feel good when you hear it. That's why so many people love the saxophone!

Enjoy!

NEW ALBUM!

Ain't No Mountain High Enough



Here it is, friends - a fresh new collection of Motown classics for your enjoyment, smooth jazz style.  Check it out - I think you're gonna love it!

Also, just a reminder: I released two other albums this year.  The first, Imagine, is my saxophonic tribute to the Best Band Ever, the Beatles.  The second, The Promise Of Spring, is a collection of very sublime and relaxing new age piano pieces.

If you're an instrumentalist and would like to check some play-along versions to my recordings, go to the smooth jazz play-alongs page.  

If you're new to my music, you can learn more about me on the About Mark page, but the short story is this: I'm a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist; I've recorded a lot of music over the years and I'm recording more all the time.  I've sold hundreds of thousands of my albums and songs, and my songs have streamed over 25,000,000 times.  People seem to like what I record; I know I enjoy recording it!

My music tends to be very romantic, relaxing, and sensual; people use it for sex music, soft background music, dinner music, easy listening music, etc.  Some of what I record is upbeat and uplifting: backyard party music, etc.  I'm actually pretty versatile: I also recorded some excellent blues music and some very lovely smooth jazz Christmas

So relax and enjoy the music.  Use my Contact Page if you want to reach me - I'd love to hear from you.


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