Another Door Opens

Another Door Opens

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by Jeff Kashiwa
     
 
Having quit his longtime gig with the Rippingtons in early 1999 to focus on his own career, saxman Jeff Kashiwa's Native Language debut, Another Door Opens, is a true sink or swim proposition. Fortunately, he's not totally a babe in the woods; he has a legion of loyal Rippingtons fans who might be curious to check out his new

Overview

Having quit his longtime gig with the Rippingtons in early 1999 to focus on his own career, saxman Jeff Kashiwa's Native Language debut, Another Door Opens, is a true sink or swim proposition. Fortunately, he's not totally a babe in the woods; he has a legion of loyal Rippingtons fans who might be curious to check out his new stuff, as well as the smaller following of his own band, Coastal Access, built over preceding years while doing numerous gigs in Southern California. More importantly, the saxman brings two crucial legacies from his tenure with the Ripps: first, the tutelage of mentor Russ Freeman and, second, the forging of an amazing creative partnership with Ripps keyboardist Dave Kochanski, who co-produced Another Door Opens and wrote four songs, including the brassy, swaying retro-funk-flavored "Hyde Park (The 'Ah, Ooh' Song)" on which Kashiwa winds a catchy lead melody over flowing brass embellishments, an infectious, soaring female backing vocals, and reoccurring snappy acoustic guitar licks from Marc Antoine. While he's becoming a better sax player on all three saxes across the board, the real test of his solo future lies in his ability to compose strong melodies over today's popular urban shuffle grooves. On "Power of Midnight," he floats an emotional and wistful soprano melody over the thick, throbbing bass of Melvin Davis and clicking drums of Ricky Lawson. While most of his and Kochanski's writing here is pop-oriented and in the pocket (witness the enjoyable MOR ballad "Back to Love," composed with Brian Bromberg), the irresistible, simmering, and ominous blues vamp of Kashiwa's "Dream Within a Dream" makes a perfect bed for his tenor to fly off of. More impressively, the gently percussive soprano melody of the title track -- while nothing innovative -- rings with the kind of beauty Freeman brought to the Ripps' best ballads. Longtime Kashiwa guitarist Allen Hinds wrote the laid-back sashaying closer, "Best of Times," on which Kashiwa plays a Toots Thielemans-like "harmonica" on the EWI.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Native Language
UPC:
0014062091722
catalogNumber:
917
Rank:
75786

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Kashiwa   Primary Artist,Flute,Saxophone
Brian Bromberg   Piccolo,Piccolo Bass
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet
Steve Reid   Percussion
Jeff Lorber   Guitar,Keyboards
Melvin Davis   Bass
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Allen Hinds   Guitar
Dave Hooper   Drums
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Nick Manson   Keyboards
Steve Oliver   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Ellis Stephens   Keyboards
Marc Antoine   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Kochanski   Piano,Keyboards
Will Kennedy   Drums
Ray Yslas   Percussion
Tony Guerro   Trumpet
Ramon Islas   Percussion

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Producer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Producer
Jeff Kashiwa   Arranger,Producer
George Landress   Engineer
Robert Read   Engineer
Dave Kochanski   Producer,drum programming
Joe Sherbanee   Executive Producer
Bill Poppy   Engineer
Joel Venti   Art Direction

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Another Door Opens 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ERW More than 1 year ago
This CD has the best music I have heard in a long time. A very soothing and relaxing playlist. I enjoy this CD very much, and woulf recommend it to anyone.