Just Remember is a highly personalized collection of songs that Mike Cottone wanted to be a reflection of his journey thus far and to pay tribute to a pivotal figure in his decision to become a musician. Produced by Grammy-award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens (known for his work with Kurt Elling & Christian McBride) and Marc Iacona, co--producer of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the project became a reality. In his own words Cottone explains the concept behind his inspiring offering. "Having made it this far in my career, the one message that has resonated with me from my high school days is to never forget where I came from. My high school band director, Daniel McMurray, made it very clear that being humble, modest, and keeping your ego in check make success a reality. I even remember where I was sitting when he shared this knowledge. Dan passed away just before Christmas of my senior year in high school, so my limited time with him proved to be priceless. Without him I probably wouldn't have pursued a career as a musician. Shortly after his passing, I met Marc Iacona who continued to motivate and reinforce the importance of remembering those who helped me to get where I am. This album is a tribute to Dan and to everyone who has helped me to get to this point------hence the title, Just Remember." Cottone further describes; "compared to the amount of time I spend playing, I don't spend nearly as much time composing, so having this project in the back of my mind for the past couple years helped me face my demons and get some material on the page. The advice McMurray gave me in high school helped me break through this wall and focus my compositions. I centered my attention on my favorite records and ended up with a collection of compositions that reflect these influences. Even though I had enough material to put the album together after this process, my producer, Ulysses Owens, urged me to write one more tune with my concept in mind. After a few long sessions at my piano, the title track, "Just Remember," emerged. The best part of this whole process was putting together a dream band of my best musician friends, recording the tune with the ink fresh on the page and getting a solid title track. The spirit of the tune reflects how thankful I am to be doing what I'm doing!"