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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724381110324
  • Catalog Number: 11103B
  • Sales rank: 18,013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wish You Were Near (4:05)
  2. 2 Aart Attack (4:01)
  3. 3 Flamoco Loco (4:05)
  4. 4 Tuff Puzzle (5:14)
  5. 5 Passion Play (4:46)
  6. 6 Senjo Wine (4:33)
  7. 7 Viva Ché (3:44)
  8. 8 The Velvet Swing (5:36)
  9. 9 Robbie's Revenge (4:10)
  10. 10 Love at a Distance (4:14)
  11. 11 Code Name Pandora (5:10)
  12. 12 Nathan Road (5:07)
  13. 13 Cactus Blue (4:56)
  14. 14 The Wind of Change (2:33)
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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, Mastering
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dan Selene Executive Producer
Anthony White Programming
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional

    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.

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