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With the release of his new collection Universe Soul, famed L.A. session man Bill Bergman and The Metro Jets, a group comprised of some of the West Coast's hottest pop, soul and jazz musicians, are soaring once again with a hip, groove-intensive and ultra-sexy mix of in your face R&B, high spirited melodic jazz, simmering romance and a few explosive touches of gospel/blues.
As a founding member of the popular soul band Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, and known for his legendary solo on Glenn Frey's "You Belong To The City", the Kansas City-bred saxman became a fixture in the Quiet Storm/Contemporary jazz format with both Midnight Sax (which Jazziz Magazine later named one of the ten most influential smooth jazz albums of all time) and its popular follow-up: Bill Bergman and The Metro Jets.
Long a master at creating fascinating emotional mood swings in his music, Bergman infuses Universe Soul with a funky and high energy bang. Over the course of its 11 immediately infectious, in the pocket tracks, Universe Soul gives Bergman a chance to strut his stuff on tenor and soprano sax as well as flute, in addition to showcasing his versatility as a songwriter, arranger and producer.
"The coolest and most challenging part of my career is being able to work with so many fascinating people and writing and performing music in so many genres," Bergman says. "Taking a cue from his friend and mentor Grover, I've developed my own unique voice, and with Universe Soul I am eager to have people hear it in a contemporary jazz context again. Ultimately, what we as musicians strive for is making emotional connections with listeners. There's something very special happening when it's your band, your tune, your gig, your crowd and you're getting people moving and grooving. For me, creating memorable melodies is the most important thing. I want to make music that lifts people and allows them to come away with something unforgettable."