When Tyler Summers, award-winning jazz saxophonist turned singer-songwriter and pianist, began to delve into his third original project, he set out to create a record which truly combined his distinct musical roots. What resulted was "Whatever It Takes", an emanation of passion and candidness both musically and lyrically, and songwriting that is honest, penetrating, and raw.
Recorded and produced in Brooklyn, New York by the talented David Little, the album blends piano pop and saxophone, and features five original tracks. The record has spawned a response from listeners as passionate as the music itself, bringing Summers eight top ten placements on Ourstage, and a feature in American Songwriter Magazine for the lyrics to "Mirror of a Man" (track 5).
Since the beginning of the recording process, Summers has toured the album in New York City, Canada's west coast, and the college town circuit in Texas. The live show is an impressive merger of beatboxing, saxophones and keyboards with a live looping set up; a performance that arrests the audience as much for its sheer uniqueness as for the music and songwriting itself.
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