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San Diego County News: “Lington’s most impressive album to date.”

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By Danny R. Johnson

LOS ANGELES – “Master your horn, that’s all you’ve got to do. And it’s hard to do, you better believe that.” Coleman Hawkins 1967. When you listen to multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composerMichael Lington’s Second Nature CD, his latest new recording to be released on April 22, 2016, you can’t help but feel the soul-stirring, high-energy and exhilarating Memphis R&B Soul sound that was once personified by the late great saxophonist King Curtis (Curtis Ousley) and the Kingpins. There is something about that Memphis R&B Soul music that makes you want to “get on up” as James Brownonce attested. Michael Lington has no problem mastering his horn in Second Nature and you will “get on up.”

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‘Second Nature’ Pledge Music: Get Unique and Exclusive Experiences

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I have partnered with PledgeMusic, so I’m able to offer you some really unique experiences and cool stuff that I have never been able to offer before. When you get the AccessPass you will get a digital download of the new album and automatically get access to exclusive behind the scenes photos, videos and other updates about the recording sessions and touring. This is my way of saying thank you for being the best fans anyone could hope for. The album is finished and now you can pre-order it and get the cool exclusives.

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Smooth Jazz Mag: Michael Lington ‘Second Nature’ Interview

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Interview By: Art Jackson

Fresh off of being number one for 16 weeks on the Smooth Jazz Album Chart, with his 2014 “Soul Appeal” CD, Michael Lington is back with his soon to be release in April, “Second Nature” which takes us deeper into his roots and love for R&B and Soul music. In essence this new CD is an evolution of “Soul Appeal.” The 12 track CD works well together with its wide range of sounds having a feel of brightness of more fun uptempo grooves.

SJM: What does this “Second Nature” means to you?

Michael: It describes very much how I feel, being connected to my music but also to my instrument, as the music I am doing now is very much Rhythm and Blues which feels like second nature to me.  Growing up in Copenhagen that was the music I was listening to, back in the 80’s and that is what inspired me to pick up the saxophone as well as pursuing me to come to America and I been doing it so long it feels second nature to me.  I also feel that about my instrument, when I am holding it whether in the studio or on stage it feels second nature to me, so it really resonated with me and that’s why I love that title.
SJM: Let’s talk about a few of the tracks starting with the Bar-Kay’s “Soul Finger” which seems odd coming from an artist from Copenhagen.

Michael: Well growing up in Copenhagen, radio back then was far reaching and I grew up listening to King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Junior Walker and the Allstars and great bands like the Bar-Kays so anything that had a soul flavor to it and anything with a saxophone in it I was all about it.  In regards to “Soul Finger,” I had all original music on the entire album, and I usually like to have a cover song and I didn’t have one for this one. So as I was doing a lot of research on material I could record and I thought, wait I am in Memphis, right next to Staxx, the whole record feels like it could have been recorded in the 60’s at Staxx and finding out that no one has recorded it and it just made sense. We recorded that whole song live at Royal Studio in Memphis with half of the Staxx rhythm section it was incredible and adding the Memphis horns there you are.
SJM: What was it like recording at that studio?

Michael: That was amazing; just imagine the history in that room. And actually recording the way they did it back then, the studio hasn’t changed, so when you walk in there, you are transported back in time.  It has so much history and vibe.
SJM: Which song immediately stood out to you once it was done?

Michael: For sure the first track, “Beale Street” featuring Booker T. Jones as it is the first single that we will be releasing. And its an original song that I am most proud of, as it has that Memphis feel to it.
SJM: Speaking of Stax and Memphis, you have as a guest artist Booker T. Jones a mainstay at the label. What was it like recording with him?

Michael: My dream was to have Booker T., on the record, I had recorded most of the song and sent him the track and once he heard it, he connected with it, so we met in L.A., and spent the whole afternoon together in the studio, it was a delight working with him, he wanted it to be the best.
SJM: Another guest Taylor Dane on “Alright.”

Michael: Yes, I asked her since we had worked together before if she would be interested in being on the album. She said, Yes! So we wrote this song together.
SJM: Another song that I really like is “Stone Cool.”

Michael: After writing almost 40 songs for this record I wanted to try and have something a little different and this song was kinda like in the mold of Sly & The Family Stone funk side that I was going after, and with Ray Parker’s guitar which is so cool and adding the Dap Kings horns giving it that super funk element, it just worked and I think its one of the best jams on the record.

In the studio we know some things and we think a song is going to be the first single usually it’s not. And some songs that are a little bit below the radar shines and come to life in a weird magical way, and you wonder what just happen here. “Stone Cool,” was one of those songs; I liked the song, I didn’t think it would be a single but now it’s a major contender to being a single.
SJM: Is “Wooh” another potential single?

Michael: This one with Ray Parker Jr., is a party song, “nothing but a party,” that is what its about.
SJM: That sounds like a title of a song.

Michael: Yes, that’s right; it definitely is a party, its not pertaining to be anything else.
SJM: Then you slow it down with a gospel tune “On A Sunday Morning.”

Michael: As I told you, my roots are R&B, Gospel and Soul so this is something that I connect with. I just feel it deep deep in my bones.
SJM: What are your final thoughts on the CD “Second Nature”?

Michael: I just want people to get to hear this music, I really feel it deserves to be heard and I think I have something to say. And I couldn’t have done it without the amazing talented people that I have on it from top to bottom producers, mixers, engineers, guest artists it is really a collaborative effort and I am so lucky to have such talented friends

 

Just finishing a stint opening up for Barry Manilow and fresh off the boat from the Dave Koz cruise, Michael will be touring this spring and summer with Kenny Lattimore.

First review for SECOND NATURE

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Saxophonist Michael Lington Returns with New Album “Second Nature” on April 22th, 2016.

Multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composer Michael Lington’s ninth solo project, SECOND NATURE, in tribute to the roots of Memphis soul is set for release April 22, 2016

Featuring Ray Parker Jr., Taylor Dane, Brian Culbertson, Booker T. Jones & The Dap Kings. Produced by Barry Eastmond

The album reunites Michael Lington with producer by Barry Eastmond and features all originals with the exception of one cover, the chart-topping soul anthem, “Soul Finger.” In preparing for this album, Lington immersed himself in the classic Memphis sessions and even journeyed to the STAX museum While most of the album was recorded at the famed Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, he also recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, which has churned out sessions for everyone from Al Green, Chuck Berry and Buddy Guy to Ike and Tina Turner, Solomon Burke, Otis Rush and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland.

SECOND NATURE unites a who’s who list in music that transcends genre and musical boundaries, including GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and venerable bluesman Booker T. Jones and The Dap Kings, the celebrated soul/funk outfit most notably known for their hit-making collaborations with Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. Lington also enlists Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient, multi-Platinum and GRAMMY-winning guitarist Ray Parker Jr. and chart-topping vocalist Taylor Dane. Brian Culbertson fans will be delighted to hear the pianist surprisingly featured on trombone. The Urban Music Scene

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Michael joins Barry Manilow as his special guest

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Saxophonist Michael Lington To Appear As Special Guest On Barry Manilow’s
ONE LAST TIME! Tour

New York, NY (January 11, 2016) – Barry Manilow announced today he has invited Saxophonist Michael Lington to be his special guest on his ONE LAST TIME! Tour. Lington will join Manilow starting February 10th in Memphis, TN through March 19th in Wichita, KS (see full itinerary following).

Lington is a Danish/American saxophonist with eight acclaimed albums, 16 hit radio singles and hundreds of awe inspiring live performances. He has performed with Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford, Michael Bolton and numerous times for the Danish royal family. One of the highlights in his career was performing with pop legend Barry Manilow. He is excited to once again open for the music icon.

“I am thrilled to be Barry’s Special Guest for his ONE LAST TIME! Tour,” said Michael Lington. “His songs and recordings have earned a very special place in popular music – he is music royalty! This will no doubt be an amazing tour,” he added.

Michael Lington/Barry Manilow Tour Dates

Date City Venue
Feb. 10 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum
Feb. 11 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena
Feb. 12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Feb. 17 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Feb. 18 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Feb. 19 Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Arena

Tickets for all dates of Manilow’s ONE LAST TIME! Tour are available NOW at www.manilow.com.