Sounds Like: David Sanborn, Grover Washington, Stanley Turrentine, Kirk Whalum, Kenny G
Label: NC Records
Bio: Noel Catura
Musician extraordinaire on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, flute and clarinet, Noel Catura is an award winner, band leader, sideman, recording artist and educator and came to be through years of studying, playing and struggling in the world of the arts.
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Sorry folks the Show at Mountain Winery September 13th has been cancelled. The Noel Catura Band will be back there in Nov and Dec more soon
“San Francisco Bay Area saxophonist/flautist Noel Catura's debut, Soulful Situation, is about as smooth and soulful a debut as possible. Unlike some smooth jazz recordings—passionless, contrived, and delivered as easy listening jazz for the masses—Catura and crew withhold little in terms of expression and energy on this collection of eight original compositions. Catura's playing commands and seizes the day. He's focused, swings with a fine rhythmic sense, and his improvisations are neither cliché-ridden nor boring. His robust tenor tone on "That's It" and elsewhere has an earthy bite to it, as if his reeds are soul- flavored. Of special note is the sultry "When I Lay Next to You." Here, Catura's tenor speaks an elegant image of soft lighting, fine wine and all that follows romantically, with an obvious channeling of the late saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. in the saxophonist's approach.”