The Cates Fomin Project
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The Cates Fomin Project

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Duo Jazz Adult Contemporary


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"The Cates Fomin Project"

THE CATES FOMIN PROJECT Journey With Us Attack Records / EMI

Demo Cates and Stan Fomin are both huge Smooth Jazz stars in Canada, with impressive credentials, not the least of which are numerous Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards nominations and #1 hits on the Wave 94.7 (Windsor, Ontario) Playlist. Now these two amazing talents have formed The Cates Fomin Project and it’s proving to be greater than the sum of its parts. Their new release, JOURNEY WITH US, is filled with sensuous and emotional performances that will surely impress you as much as they do me. The soulful vocals and sax work from Detroit-born Demo Cates, together with the brilliant keyboard work from Ukrainian-born Stan Fomin (both Toronto-based now) capture the essence of what makes the Smooth Jazz format so compelling and listenable! From the fresh new version of Cates’ hit single “I’ll Try Something New” and the live version of the equally-delightful “Just One Kiss,” this time with a Caribbean vibe, to Stan’s sensitive piano work on the instrumental “Sydney’s Song,” dedicated to all children with Downs Syndrome, this is a collection deep in rhythmic, melodic and textural variety. JOURNEY WITH US from The Cates Fomin Project is not only a perfect fit for today’s Smooth Jazz, but also for any discerning music lover’s collection! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN


"Demo Cates "Smooth..."

- Demo Cates - Reviews
Review - Demo Cates - Smooth..Try Something New
February 26, 2005 - Here's the deal. Imagine Kim Waters blended with Jackie Wilson and a little bit of Smokey Robinson. Next throw in some influences dating back to that time in the seventies when soul and funk intermingled with jazz, hard rock and psychedelic. Getting the picture? Now, finally, add an acting career that extends from Broadway to top rated TV shows. Although you might not yet have guessed who fits this particular profile, it is fair to expect that the release of a new CD from a person with such a pedigree would cause quite a media stir. Just why the latest recording from singer and sax man Demo Cates has not yet received the recognition it deserves is a matter that only the listener can judge upon. Whatever the reason, 'Smooth - Try Something New' is a varied and interesting collection of eleven tracks that has something for everyone whether it is funky, Latin, soulful or smooth.
Cates grew up in Detroit Michigan so it's not surprising that he cites the Motown era as the motivation for his first band, The Counts. For a brief period in the seventies they offered both vocals and instrumentals that embraced, in turn, sweet soul ballads and jazzy grooves laid heavy with sax and organ. The Counts opened for some of the biggest names in the business including Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Al Green but Cates moved his career to a stage of a different kind when he took the skills he gained at the Lee Strasberg Acting School all the way to Broadway and the part of ' Mufasa' in the Lion King. By now based in Toronto Canada, and making stops along the way with roles in numerous TV shows and an appearance in the 1998 movie 'Blues Brothers 2000', the multi dimensional Cates was ready for a yet another new challenge. He formed his own label, Final Faze Music Incorporated, to distribute his music exclusively on line and it is through this outlet that 'Smooth - Try Something New' comes.
It's a release that is full of surprises and none more so than the very first track. In this era of relentless smooth jazz covers he has come up with one classic tune that, up until now, has never been covered beyond the confines of the Motown stable from where it comes. 'Try Something New', the Smokey Robinson composition that was the title track of the Miracles second album back in 1962, is a sweet and romantic number that here retains all the lushness of the original with the addition of a pleasant rolling beat and nice injection of saxophone. The remaining tracks, all of which are touched in some way by Cates writing skills, range from the groovy 'Just One Kiss' with its pleasing vocals and catchy hook to the funky 'Peace Is Paradise' that is laced with subliminal vocals and edgy sax playing. A genuine standout is 'The Vow', a compelling tune with a great sax riff that Cates brings to us in two versions. The vocal version is track #3 while an atmospheric instrumental smooth jazz mix of the same number is hidden away as a bonus track at the end of the CD. It's a tune that has been attracting airplay on Hamilton Ontario's 94.7 FM The Wave and in Calgary on 103.1 The Breeze.
'Smooth - Try Something New' is a welcome addition to that brand of fusion that lays mid way between soul and smooth jazz and deserves to do well. Check out more on Demo Cates and listen to his music via his website at - Denis Poole. February 26, 2005.

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- Denis Poole


Demo Cates: "Smooth...Try Something New"
"Beautiful As You"
Stan Fomin: "Smooth Sessions", Flight 111"



http:/ Demo Cates: Singer, sax player, composer and actor. Some of Cates writing credits include music and lyrics for the animated television series The Busy World of Richard Scary, The New Adventures of Paddington Bear and Caillou.Cates has earned the respect of Jazz musicians at home and abroad with his visionary method and superlative talents. Grown and developed in Detroit Michigan but exposed and revered in Toronto, Cates is a mature Musician and Vocalist who in his words, 'plays on emotions and allows the sax and his voice to translate inspiration in smooth and sensuous sounds. In 2005 Cates released SmoothTry Something New. The single Ill Try Something New reached and stayed No.1 on the Wave 94.7 Smooth Jazz Charts for two weeks. The CD was nominated for the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards that year as well as Cates for Vocalist and Instrumentalist of the year.

Stan Fomin: Born in Ukraine, classically trained in piano, music theory and composition. Upon arriving in Canada, he rounded up his education by studying contemporary film scoring and production with Glenn Morley at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has scored music for Alliance Atlantis, CBC Nelvana, YTV,Barna-Alper Productions. His orchestrating and arranging work includes CD "Classics Go Pop" for Parry Music ( BMG), two musicals "The Forest Song' and "Little Printce" for Nazarov National Theatre in Moscow, Broadway Songs book published by Hal Leonard. In 2005, Stan released his first CD Smooth Session, showcasing as a composer, arranger and performer. The track Flight 111 made it to number one on the Wave 94.7 Smooth Jazz Charts for 3 weeks.
Stan was nominated in the "Keyboardist of the Year" category for 2006 and 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.

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