Wednesday, July 18, 2012
[ RE PLAY] THE SAX PACK--THE PACK IS BACK 
The smooth jazz group known as the Sax Pack, founded by Jeff Kashiwa and featuring Kim Waters and Steve Cole, debuted with a tour in 2004. In March 2008, the group released its debut, self-titled CD. It definitely made a mark, as the song “Fallin’ For You” was a smooth jazz hit that year and went all the way to No. 1.
Now, the boys are back on their saxophones. On September 29 they will release their sophomore CD, The Pack Is Back. The 10-song CD features the first single, “Can’t Help Myself,” as well as such original tunes as “Wanna Get Closer” and “This Time Around.” There’s also as a bonus track, a remixed version of “Fallin’ For You” by Davy D.
Kashiwa says he styled the Sax Pack after the camaraderie and fun he saw with the original Rat Pack from the movies and from concerts - Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. “The whole thing started kind of as a chuckle, kind of emulating the Rat Pack. And the reason why everyone loved the Rat Pack so much - I mean, they’re all great singers and all great actors and entertainers and dancers - is because of their camaraderie. We re-created that with the Sax Pack.”
01. Wanna Get Closer
02. Can't Help Myself
03. This Time Around
04. Smooth As Silk
05. Are You Ready?
06. The Pack Is Back
07. All That I Am
08. Here To Stay
09. All At Once
10. Fallin' For You (Special Davy D Re-Mix)
Kim Waters (Keyboards, Alto Saxophone)
Andre Berry, Melvin Davis (Bass)
Allen Hinds (Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar-Nylon String)
Steve Cole (Saxophone)
Jeff Kashiwa (Tenor Saxophone)
Bernd Schoenhart, Gerey Johnson (Guitar)
Brian Dunne (Drums)
David Andrew Mann (Keyboards)
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