Truthteller

Jeff Saxon

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Adult contemporary, but with a melting pot of styles, with an emphasis on blues, country-pop, old school R&B, vocal jazz, and soft rock. Fans of Keb' Mo', Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Paul Carrack, or Jamie Cullum should enjoy this album.

Haunting melodies, relatable lyrical themes and impassioned performances abound on “Truthteller”, the
third release by Jeff Saxon. While Saxon’s music may evade simplistic one-genre classification, his songs consistently evoke melodic beauty, lyrical depth and unwavering songwriting acumen. The themes of the songs here are often self-searching and profound; addressing the joys, frustrations and perplexities of life,
loss and love.

Yet despite the breadth of styles represented, Saxon exhibits an uncanny knack for seamlessly transporting himself and his listeners through a wide palette of sounds. From the soul-pop opener, “So Many
Possibilities” to pop-reggae (“No Worries Tonight” and “My Own Island”) to A/C (the achingly beautiful ballad, “Even If I Lived On the Moon”) to the chilling paean of a battle-ravaged soldier returning home
(“March On Bravely”) to the Claptonesque blues-rock title cut. But there are many other memorable and often riveting tracks, such as the cool Steely Dan influenced standout, “Space Station 13509” and the urbane, yet gritty blues numbers “Bring It On” and “Ainthatamuthafuhya”. There’s even a light-hearted jazz piece, “Bring Somethin’ To The Table”, which brings to mind the best work of Maria Muldaur, Harry Connick Jr. and John Sebastian. James Taylor fans and finger-style guitar aficionados will take note of Saxon’s deft touch and jazzily urbane chord voicings. Those fond of artists such as, Keb’ Mo’, Jamie
Cullum, Eric Clapton and Paul Carrack, will appreciate Saxon’s rootsy and soulful vocal stylings and earnest, yet unpretentious songwriting. There is truly something for everyone on this ambitious and noteworthy recording.

Jersey born and bred Saxon spent much of the past 2 decades performing in the Los Angeles area, but has returned back to his Garden State roots. He has two other excellent and equally eclectic CD’s: the “unplugged” acoustic collection, “Me, Myself, And I” (Relevant RR 61206) and the fully-produced set, “The Spin” (Relevant RR 61205).

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The Spin

Jeff Saxon

Pop-based singer-songwriter album with Americana, blues, and blue-eyed soul leanings and thought-provoking lyrical substance

This 12 song collection of pop based songs stylistically strays into rock, blues, old-school R&B, country, folk and Americana. The unifying elements are Jeff's unique and soulfully-rendered vocals, his adept but not flashy fingerpicking, the sincerity and poignancy of the lyrics and the superb songwriting.
Fans of Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby, James Taylor or country artists Rascal Flatts or Phil Vassar will probably really like this recording.

JEFF SAXON

Jeff Saxon is a diversely talented singer/songwriter/guitarist whose songs have earned him over 30 awards from various national and international songwriting contests. His dynamic and emotive high baritone voice, seamlessly-crafted multi-genre songs, and his spellbinding finger-style guitar playing are three of his most formidable musical calling cards.

While it’s difficult to attach a simple word or phrase to describe Jeff’s sound, one can easily detect its jazz and blues and old-school R&B leanings. He’s been compared with artists such as James Taylor, Bill Withers, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb’ Mo’ and Don Henley.

Well-known and respected NJ-based artist manager and concert promoter, John Scher, once compared Saxon’s songwriting and vocal styles to “a very good early Steely Dan”. And John Braheny, author of the best-selling “The Craft And Business Of Songwriting”(Writer’s Digest Books) includes Jeff as “one of my favorite songwriters”.

Jeff grew up on the Jersey Shore and recently returned to those roots after spending the past 17 years in the Los Angeles area. Some of his L.A. performance highlights there included Genghis Cohen, Highland Grounds, Luna Park, The Independence Arts Festival and The Sounds Of The South Bay. Jeff also worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, Hiroshima, N’Dea Davenport, Freebo, Dan Bern, and Little Richard.

Jeff’s catalog of over 350 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff’s songs have appeared in film and TV, such as his delta blues tune, “48 Hours Of Ice”, which appeared in the 2003 indie feature, Banana Moon. Another placement, one that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, “Journey Of The Heart”, which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it “the official anthem” of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.

Other parts of the world have recently gotten a chance to hear some of Jeff’s music. The samba-driven Saxon composition, “Never Knew Love”, was released in early 2006 on a debut CD by new Belgian artist, Larry. The disc is titled “Just Call Me Larry…” and Universal Music Group, Belgium, is distributing it.

Jeff is currently booking solo performances to promote the release of this CD as well as his "unplugged" acoustic collection, “Me, Myself, and I”, also on his NJ-based indie label, Relevant Records.

For more information about Jeff Saxon please call (732) 359-6189, email: jeffsaxonmusic@yahoo.com or visit www.jeffsaxonmusic.com
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