Wind is a high-energy contemporary jazz band
out of Los Angeles. With a perfect blend of smooth
jazz and fusion, Solar Wind's sound transcends today's
The debut CD, "Grand
Tour Alignment" 1999, received
national and international airplay, and garnered rave
reviews in several national publications including
Jazziz, Jazz Times, Music Connection, Bassics, and
Bass Frontiers. The CD was also nominated for jazz
album of the year at the 2000 Los Angeles
For the band's second release, bassist, composer,
producer and bandleader, Sean Mason
has compiled a set of original tunes that go beyond
the boundaries of smooth jazz.
boasts several radio friendly tracks as well as some
real hard-hitting fusion and features guest artists
that include smooth jazz radio mainstays David
Benoit and Eric Marienthal.
Also performing on the album are keyboardist Marc
Hugenberger, drummer Paul Kaiser,
and guitarist Eric Robson.
This second release by the band has catapulted Solar
Wind to new heights. To date, over 150 radio stations
across the U.S. have had Blue Horizon on their playlists.
International radio exposure as well as rave reviews
from JazzTimes magazine, Smoothjazz.com,
and JazzReview.com have helped Solar
Wind gain a large and loyal audience.
Mason's electric bass is the dominant force of this
CD, using the instrument as both foundation and melody
on several cuts. With a mix of thumping, plucking,
picking and strumming, the bassist sets the pace for
Solar Wind's contemporary instrumental collage. Mason
credits the influences of Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce,
Jaco Pastorius, Al DiMeola, and John Patitucci for
helping to develop his style.
While Mason's flair for colorful grooves and melodies
allow a handful of the eleven tunes to fit comfortably
in the smooth jazz pocket, Solar Wind's second release
also features more intense funk, blistering electric
jazz fusion, a bit of mystical new age and on one
track, an ode to dramatic film scoring. Also making
appearances on Blue Horizon are guitarist Eric Robson,
who co-wrote the album’s single release "Catalina
Breeze", keyboardist Marc Hugenberger
and drummer Paul Kaiser.
There's a universal appeal to the Solar Wind sound,
and the CD has a finger right on the pulse of modern
instrumental music. "Shoreline
Drive" and "Sedona
Sunrise," both featuring Benoit
and Marienthal, are two radio-friendly tracks sure
to generate airplay on smooth jazz stations everywhere.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: "I naturally
love the opening track titled "Shoreline Drive"…
tracks that will appeal to radio, very funky... an
album for music enthusiasts... excellent musicianship,
interesting melodies, fusion cuisine,... full-bodied
effort with great character." Smoothjazz.com.
"Blue Horizon" has the right potential for
Smooth Jazz radio stations... explosive!" Smooth
& Soul. It has a strong pulse, and passion,
Blue Horizon traverses a lot of ground, moving well
from style to style. Great sounds, a pleasing record
for bassists and lovers of seriously nice music. Bass
Inside Magazine. A fusion activated sound
energy ride to jazz utopia... this CD plays large
and is definitely ear candy at its sweetest. A neatly
wrapped sound package of delight. After 11 tracks
of beautifully crafted jazz of a uniquely different
flavor, I was hooked on what Solar Wind had to say...
sure to be one of the jazz highlights of 2003. If
this is only the second outing from Solar Wind and
company, we can expect the jazz world to be refreshed
for a long time to come. JazzReview.com
Under the new independent label Solar One
Records, Mason, hailing originally from Detroit,
aims to bring Solar Wind to the forefront of smooth
jazz by involving world class musicians for recordings
and live performances, employing marketing strategies
that include national radio and retail promotions
and by utilizing marketing tools now available to
independent artists like the internet. "Our primary
focus is and always will be music," Mason says.
"While it is important to evolve musically, we
realize that creativity is boundless and limitless
as long as there is inspiration, and multi-media encourages
creative expansion. The whole idea behind Solar Wind
is sight, sound and imagination."
Capitalizing on the appeal that the first album generated,
Mason continues the theme of having "something
for everyone" on the sophomore release.
"Musically, I always play it straight from the
heart, and then put it out to see how the feelings
transfer to those who listen," he adds. "Blue
Horizon" is just the next step
towards realizing our goal of reaching our potential
as creators and artists."
Bold and innovative, daring yet smooth and irresistible,
and orbiting soon at radio and retail, Solar Wind
invites you on a musical journey you won't soon forget.