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As Promised
     

As Promised

by Alex Bugnon
 
… AS PROMISED is old school and proud of it. Tapping into the CTI sound of the 1970s, and drawing inspiration from such Stevie Wonder gems as INNER VISIONS and SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE, keyboardist Alex Bugnon indulges in a smooth funk atmosphere complete with electric pianos, in-your-face bass lines, long unheard synth tones, and foxy-sounding vocalists whispering

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… AS PROMISED is old school and proud of it. Tapping into the CTI sound of the 1970s, and drawing inspiration from such Stevie Wonder gems as INNER VISIONS and SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE, keyboardist Alex Bugnon indulges in a smooth funk atmosphere complete with electric pianos, in-your-face bass lines, long unheard synth tones, and foxy-sounding vocalists whispering the words of song titles and choruses. It's a warm sound guaranteed to put you in a mellow frame of mind, even if you have no firsthand memories of the era that Bugnon is evoking. … AS PROMISED is enlivened by contemporary artists including saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and Lalah Hathaway who saturates "Won't Be a Fool" with her soulful vocals. Bugnon also adds a classy sheen by giving nod towards the jazz tradition with his arrangement of the John Coltrane classic "Naima."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Alex Bugnon has long given Phillippe Saisse a run for his money as keyboardist most willing to blend the widest variety of synth sounds and effects beneath a gorgeous acoustic piano style. His Narada Jazz debut ...As Promised is his first recording in several years, but the buoyant song remains pretty much the same; retro soul effects, brief but memorable brass section flourishes, spacey synth sounds, and throbbing basslines pave the way for a powerful return. A master at mixing moods within the confines of one tune, Bugnon opens "Onward, Upward" with elongated, ominous, low-toned chords, twisting them up with a clicking wah-wah guitar and a shimmering Hammond B-3 before erupting with a full-on, optimistic, brass explosion on the hook. In between choruses, his fingers take spirited walks toward the upper register of the ivories. While most of the tunes feature this kind of lively piano excursion, on "All That I Can Say," Bugnon sticks to a murky Fender Rhodes melody, skipping over a samba-like groove and the occasional bluesy, electric guitar interlude by Mike "Dino" Campbell. He takes a slightly avante-garde funk approach on "Chasing Spirals," weaving a few sweet piano improvisations and Gerald Albright's winding soprano lines through a maze of dark, bluesy, electric piano chords, spacey atmospheres, and moody basslines. Bugnon's retro mind goes full-throttle on "His Coolness," with a tradeoff between the spacey sounds and the type of croaking funk lines that Stevie Wonder used on "Superstition."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384872526
catalogNumber:
48725

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Performance Credits

Alex Bugnon   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Victor Bailey   Bass
Vincent Henry   Alto Saxophone
Christopher Williams   Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Hubert Eaves   Electric Bass
Bob Franceschini   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone
Angie Stone   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeremy Gaddie   Snare Drums
Michael "Dino" Campbell   Guitar
Poggie Bell   Snare Drums
Bruce Flowers   Organ

Technical Credits

Horace Silver   Composer
Louis Alfred   Engineer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Alex Bugnon   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Dave Kowalski   Engineer
Wayne Warnecke   Engineer
Jeff Crews   Engineer
David Delhomme   drum programming
Nicola Stemmer   Engineer
Richard Thomas   Engineer
Floyd L. Nixion   Engineer

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