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Maybe it's not a coincidence that German born Dirk K. bears an uncanny resemblance to Boney James; his very melodic, cool, and easygoing debut About You Countdown/ULG is precisely the electric guitar equivalent to a James project. It's hard to ignore all the same elements -- R&B flavored production values, radio friendliness with just enough spirited, tinkering solo time to keep it adventurous, well chosen guest artists Paul Taylor and the ubiquitous Rick Braun and, of course, picture perfect covers of Shanice's singalong "I Love Your Smile" and Babyface's lush "Everytime I Close My Eyes." And yet despite those familiar, no doubt marketing-driven trappings and his ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Maybe it's not a coincidence that German born Dirk K. bears an uncanny resemblance to Boney James; his very melodic, cool, and easygoing debut About You Countdown/ULG is precisely the electric guitar equivalent to a James project. It's hard to ignore all the same elements -- R&B flavored production values, radio friendliness with just enough spirited, tinkering solo time to keep it adventurous, well chosen guest artists Paul Taylor and the ubiquitous Rick Braun and, of course, picture perfect covers of Shanice's singalong "I Love Your Smile" and Babyface's lush "Everytime I Close My Eyes." And yet despite those familiar, no doubt marketing-driven trappings and his stern avoidance of blistering solos, Dirk's fluid guitarisma is unique enough to forge its own niche. A blindfold comparison to Larry Carlton's and Steve Laury's more restrained efforts would be the fairest assessment. No points for innovation, but it's as in the pocket as it needs to be.
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  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: COUNTDOWN
  • UPC: 608631774927
  • Catalog Number: 17749

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Under the Sun (4:59)
  2. 2 I Love Your Smile (4:33)
  3. 3 About You (4:41)
  4. 4 Lost in Love (5:17)
  5. 5 The Wave (5:38)
  6. 6 Every Time I Close My Eyes (5:09)
  7. 7 Ocean Walk (4:42)
  8. 8 At My Place (5:27)
  9. 9 So in Love (4:14)
  10. 10 What About It (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dirk K. Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, scat
Rick Braun Trumpet, Track Performer
Howard Hersh Bass, Keyboards
Iki Levy Percussion, Drums
Paul Taylor Saxophone, Track Performer
Michael Contratto Vocals, Track Performer
Todd Garner Vocals, Track Performer
Troy Garner Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mel Galley Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Howard Hersh Programming, Producer
Iki Levy Programming, Producer, Engineer
Todd Chapman Engineer
Robert Tauro Executive Producer
Blondi Composer
Veniere Composer
Howie Hersh Producer
Sylvester Jackson Composer
Tabet Composer
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