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"The Soaring Saxman"
Vision: To touch the essence of the inner heart
Mission: To open doors that lead to healing of hardships and
struggles in life
With emotional power and musical passion to spare, multi-talented saxophonist, clarinet and flute player Dave Panico-renowned by his thousands of fans as "The Soaring Saxman"--breaks ground on a promising solo career, committing the contagious energy of his live performances to disc for the first time with a dynamic collection whose title says it all: Joy Rid ’N.
Unlike some artists who limit themselves to a singular style and set of influences, Dave cites a fascinating array of jazz legends and contemporary greats as having an impact on his own exciting mix of compelling melodies, strong rhythms and transcendent improvisations. His early exposure to jazz included Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain and the Big Band sounds of Tommy Dorsey-but his funky, grooving vibe owes just as much to longtime smooth jazz chart toppers like Warren Hill, Dave Koz and Richard Elliot. And like some of today's other top contemporary jazz greats, including Kirk Whalum and Jonathan Butler, he's not shy about the faith that grounds and inspires it all.
Dave Panico's music is rooted firmly in his faith, which allows fans to understand where the "joy" in Joy Rid'N comes from. But while the tracks on the album convey his spiritual side, this never gets in the way of the high energy vibe that characterizes his playing. Consequently, Joy Rid'N is a recording that should appeal to both sacred and secular audiences alike.
"Dave was a talented, enthusiastic, and treasured soloist and member of the horn section team at Willow Creek. He always brought his very best as a musician to any situation, along with a true servant's heart."
John Carlson - Music Director of Willow Creek Community Church
“Considered One of the Best “ – USSmoothJazz.