Marion Meadows: Player’s Club

With Player’s Club (Heads Up), saxophonist Marion Meadows has created a warm, congenial environment, distinguished by his trademark blend of smooth-jazz, R&B and funk. The title track finds Meadows’ soprano and tenor saxes driven by a funky bass line and baritone sax, and Meadows floats sweet, wistful soprano sax over a slow-simmering groove on “Sweet Grapes.” The ballads “Suede” and “Romantica” exhibit Meadows’ lyrical side, and things get livelier on “After 6:00” and “Diggable;” the former track features a sprightly, catchy melody, while on the latter, spirited sax rides an equally energetic house beat.

Guitarist Chieli Minucci appears on two tracks; he contributes Spanish guitar to the sultry Latin number “Noche Privada,” and provides delicate accompaniment on the ballad “Deska,” Meadows’ heartfelt valentine to his wife. There’s much to enjoy on Player’s Club, an inviting place that fans will undoubtedly want to visit again and again.