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|Mekiel Reuben (USA) - saxophone |
Mekiel Reuben's fifth album release "Cookin' in East L.A." has the Smoothjazz world very Excited. He open the cd with "Ain't Nobody" a Chaka Khan classic. Mekiel said he wanted to give this new cd a kick with some slick originals and a combination of classic R&B covers like "Baby come to me" (James Ingrim & Patti Austin), "I keep forgettin"(Michael McDonald) "Too Hot" (Kool & the Gang) nice soft rock classic "Operator" (Jim Croce) played with a slight bossa feel. The Chicago born native became interested in music at the early age of eight when his mom gave him a guitar for Christmas. At the age of 15 he began studying music and woodwinds under Louis Gray, high school band director (Crane HS). He moved to the Caribbean where he continued to pursue his musical career. After several years of touring and playing with several theatrical/dance companies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mekiel returned to the United States and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Mekiel Reuben's explosive saxophone style has been compared to the likes of Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine and John Klemmer. When you listen to his music, it glide you on a journey from his United States jazz roots to his fruitful life in the Caribbean. Mekiel Reuben has a fresh sound of his own.