Blue Moon

Blue Moon

by J. Spencer
     
 

Twenty-something jazz saxophonist J. Spencer creates an engaging mix of solid, contemporary, straight-ahead jazz with a hip-hop sensibility delivered with a youthful spark. On his second MoJazz album, Blue Moon, Spencer continues to develop his sassy mix of jazz and hip-hop idioms. On the mellow title cut (not to be confused with the standard of the same title)See more details below

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Twenty-something jazz saxophonist J. Spencer creates an engaging mix of solid, contemporary, straight-ahead jazz with a hip-hop sensibility delivered with a youthful spark. On his second MoJazz album, Blue Moon, Spencer continues to develop his sassy mix of jazz and hip-hop idioms. On the mellow title cut (not to be confused with the standard of the same title), in a staid tone, Spencer recites statements that may or may not have a deeper meaning: "my mother, my father...once in a blue moon/unconditional love...once in a blue moon." "I Want U" is silky and romantic with seductive vocals by Will Davis and James Pugh. The smooth "Bells" opens with a rap by Father Dom that includes a marriage proposal and fresh backwards vocals. The first single was the radio-friendly cut "U Should Be Mine," with lead vocals by Stokley of the group Mint Condition. The music video of the song occasionally airs on BET's Midnight Love. Often in a bid for much-needed airplay, contemporary jazz artists cover pop tunes. Most of the covers amount to the aural equivalent of bland wallpaper; devoid of any real personality and invention. Such is not the case with Spencer's cover of Sade's "Cherish the Day," with its soft, funky groove and snappy licks by John "Jubu" Smith. Spencer blows solid lines on his cover of the Stylistics' "Hurry Up This Way Again," and the softly elegant "Reggae Vibe." "Close to You" (an original tune, not the Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach/Hal David standard) is great for enjoying with that special someone. As he did with his first MoJazz album, Chimera, Spencer closes his album with an inspirational track. "Lord I Need You" has vocals by gospel great Walter Hawkins. J. Spencer proves again that contemporary jazz need not be uninvolving.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/1995
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0731453055124
catalogNumber:
530551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

J. Spencer   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Hawkins   Vocals
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Father Dom   Rap
Tony Lindsey   Background Vocals
Elijah Baker   Bass
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Bonnie Boyer   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Marquinto Brazil   Percussion
Brian Collier   Drums
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Brenda Roy   Background Vocals
Joel Smith   Bass,Drums
John Jubu Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Norbert Stachel   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stokley   Vocals
Carl Wheeler   Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
James Pugh   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marquinho Brasil   Percussion
Fred Busby   Background Vocals
Mondre Moffett   Trumpet
Jamie Brewer   Bass
Will Davis   Background Vocals
Robin Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elijah Baker   Producer,drum programming
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Joe Gastwirt   Mastering
Terrance Hatter   Producer,drum programming
David Luke   Engineer
Larry Mah   Engineer
Steve McKeever   Executive Producer
Tony Mills   Engineer
J. Spencer   Producer,Executive Producer
Carl Wheeler   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Rico Barretta   Engineer
Bruce Walker   Executive Producer
Christina Kaough   Art Direction

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