Blue Touch

Blue Touch

by Gregg Karukas
     
 

Sure that Gregg Karukas had reached the point where his lighthearted approach to smooth jazz was instantly recognizable, the keyboardist titled his last Positive Music release, You'll Know It's Me. Though he adds dashes of hip blues textures and Crusaders-flavored twists with the Fender Rhodes (hence the title, Blue Touch),…  See more details below

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Sure that Gregg Karukas had reached the point where his lighthearted approach to smooth jazz was instantly recognizable, the keyboardist titled his last Positive Music release, You'll Know It's Me. Though he adds dashes of hip blues textures and Crusaders-flavored twists with the Fender Rhodes (hence the title, Blue Touch), Karukas' debut is another typically high-spirited effort, a reminder as to why his albums are always perched for months in the upper reaches of the radio charts. For him, it's always about lilting, instantly memorable melodies and gentle funk. There's the spring in your step on the '70s soul-meet-'90s hip-hop of "Cruisin' Your House at Midnite" followed by the gentle piano graces of "Fly Away (Thinking of You)." He's always open to throwing in a few surprises, and on "Cruisin'," he gets a little more down and dirty with the B-3. Likewise, borrowing a lick or two of inspiration from Dave Samuels, he creates a lively, tropical playground on "Club Havana." The tendency of well-connected genre artists is to use the contributions of all-stars up front, let their flash dominate. Karukas, however, is more interested in letting big shots like Boney James, Eric Marienthal and Peter White simply harmonize with him or fill in a few blanks. White's lush acoustic touch -- an instantly recognizable sound if there ever was one -- is surprisingly restrained on the slow grooving "Azure Dreaming"; until a late solo, you really have to perk up your ears to hear it. Karukas uses a killer horn section only where appropriate on "Snakey Shoes," too, letting a simple trio carry the main melody and rhythm. He's changed labels, but the familiarity Karukas offers assures you that you'll know it's him again.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453988729
catalogNumber:
539887

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gregg Karukas   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Ron Boustead   Vocals
John Lewis   Drums
Ricardo Silveira   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Peter White   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Boney James   Saxophone
Luis Conte   Percussion
Brandon Fields   Flute,Saxophone
Walt Fowler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
James Harrah   Guitar
Allen Hinds   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Keith Jones   Bass
William Kennedy   Drums
Nick Lane   Trombone
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Michael O'Neill   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Will Kennedy   Drums
John Richard Lewis   Drums

Technical Credits

Ron Boustead   Arranger
Gregg Karukas   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Bass Programming
Brandon Fields   Arranger
Lou Beach   Illustrations

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