AArt

AArt

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by Acoustic Alchemy
     
 
Presented as the apex of a metamorphoses begun on Beautiful Game toward a more filled out group sound, leader Greg Carmichael accents his trademark nylon string guitar style with a horn section. Considered one of the defining arbiters of smooth jazz, Acoustic Alchemy actually lean more to the pop side of the genre, often betraying more than a passing interest

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Presented as the apex of a metamorphoses begun on Beautiful Game toward a more filled out group sound, leader Greg Carmichael accents his trademark nylon string guitar style with a horn section. Considered one of the defining arbiters of smooth jazz, Acoustic Alchemy actually lean more to the pop side of the genre, often betraying more than a passing interest in soul music. The songs on AArt are no exception. The curiously titled "Viva Che" -- for Guavara? -- is straight-up Latin disco lite, á la Jamiroquai, replete with Moog keyboard swirls and Brazilian percussion hiccups. The first single, "Wish You Were Near," showcasing Snake Davis on tenor sax, features Carmichael at his dramatic best, soloing over an up-tempo groove backed by Philly soul-style horn hits. Longtime Alchemy buffs will no doubt find much to enjoy on this disc, and, despite the processed sound of some backing instruments -- full keyboard strings -- the inclusion of many retro-'70s disco era techniques may appeal to a wider dance-oriented audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724381110324
catalogNumber:
11103B

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Acoustic Alchemy   Primary Artist
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Richard Bull   Percussion,Drums
Greg Carmichael   Guitar (Nylon String)
Snake Davis   Saxophone
Geoff Dunn   Drums
Jeff Kashiwa   Saxophone
Noel Langley   Trumpet
Peter Lewison   Drums
Andy Sheppard   Saxophone
Dino Soldo   Saxophone
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Anthony White   Keyboards
Simon Hale   Keyboards
Julie Dennis   Vocals
Adrian Revell   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Hamill   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Richard Bull   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Anthony White   Programming
Janet Wolsborn   Art Direction

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am usually a traditional, more mellow, smooth jazz fanatic; however, since my purchase of AArt I am hooked on my first exposure to the upbeat sounds of Acoustic Alchemy. Gregory Carmichael and the others do a fantastic job and I would recommend this release to any and all 'soft/smooth' jazz fans.