Michael Lington, the Copenhagen-born saxophonist, songwriter and producer, has accomplished much in his two-decades-plus as an artist. He's released more than ten solo albums, toured tirelessly, and even manages his own wine and cigar companies.
Immersing himself in his favorite music - David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, King Curtis, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley and Grover Washington - he started out on clarinet but soon found his true calling, the saxophone. But it wasn't until he was on the verge of turning 20 that Lington - now recognized as one of the most creative and successful contemporary soul and jazz saxophonists in the world - made his fateful decision to move to America and pursue his music. "I said, 'This is what I want to do with my life.' I was young and told myself it wouldn't be so hard to do. I was wrong. There were many obstacles to overcome, particularly because I hardly knew anyone."
Nonetheless, he persevered and began to make his mark in his adopted country, where he was known for his versatility. It was soul music that hit him most directly. "It spoke to me very early on in my life-it's just a feeling and reaction I had when I would hear it," he says.
Lington's new single, "M-Funk" is soulful and jazzy as you would expect. Ray Parker Jr. is featured on guitar. Enjoy Michael Lington doing what he does best, playing soulful, funky saxophone!