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MP3 Hubert Emerson Ortis - Ball and Chain Remastered

Authentic, raw emotion dictates Emerson''s first album of love songs. Emerson composed these songs to help people transcend their overwhelmed feelings through the lyrics and melody. This album has an excellent blend of alto and tenor saxophones.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (45:18) !
Related styles: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary, Urban/R&B: Southern Soul, Featuring Saxophone

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''Ball and Chain'' is Emerson''s first album, released in 1996. He remastered the album to add Sahar Miller''s tenor sax to Jeremy Hallett''s lead alto sax in the original recording. Sean Mikuriya highlights on guitar. This album includes a few heart throbbing love songs, ''Drowning in My Tears'' and ''Ball and Chain'', some songs about moving on, ''Just Like You'', and the last track, ''Can''t Take It'' has a reggae flavor.

Emerson developed these songs out of a desire to express a need. This album is a combination of funk, blues and jazz. The saxophone accompaniment, which provides a smooth and lively tone, helps to transform the feelings expressed by the lyrics.

Hubert Emerson & The GroWiser Band

It’s jazz but not jazz. It’s soul but not soul. It’s blues but not blues. It’s reggae but not reggae. But whatever it is, it makes people happy. Emerson has been moving and grooving audiences for 15 years with his soulful voice and seductive instrumentation. What’s more, Emerson touches people. With passion and intensity, the singer/keyboardist sings of love, desire, and human connection. “His music is honest and moving,” noted the San Francisco Observer. Sometimes after shows, people even come up crying as they buy one of his CDs.

A recurring favorite at such Bay Area festivals as Mountain View, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, and Boogie on the Bayou, Emerson consistently draws enthusiastic crowd reactions. No matter what age, you’ll find people bouncing along to his catchy afro-beats. Emerson plays regularly as a duet with Sahar Miller on sax, or with the full GroWiser band—a name inspired by his core belief to help people “grow wiser” every day. His soul-touching tunes have also graced the airwaves of KPOO, KPFA, and KGLH.

Emerson recently released his 5th studio album, Old School Soul. A fan-inspired release, the record captures 10 of his unique cover songs that listeners have been asking to bring home for years.

“I think I’m like a preacher,” Emerson says of his music. “I’m trying to instill love and understanding. That’s what the world needs.”

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