Casino Lights '99

Casino Lights '99

     
 
If there was any competitive feeling among the players gathered on Casino Lights '99 -- a live recording from the Montreux Jazz Festival that brought together many of the major jazz and smooth-jazz figures associated with Warner Brothers Records -- you'd never know it. Here, players sit-in with one another, adding to each other's music, generally sounding as

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If there was any competitive feeling among the players gathered on Casino Lights '99 -- a live recording from the Montreux Jazz Festival that brought together many of the major jazz and smooth-jazz figures associated with Warner Brothers Records -- you'd never know it. Here, players sit-in with one another, adding to each other's music, generally sounding as if they're having the time of their lives. For instance, "Westchester Lady" finds the band Fourplay augmented by saxophonists Boney James and Kirk Whalum, and trumpeter Rick Braun, while "Watermelon Man" adds George Duke to that crew; "Yesterday I Had the Blues" highlights vocalist Kevin Mahagony with instrumental backing from Duke, Whalum, and Larry Carlton; "Always There" finds room for assists by many of the aforementioned, plus Kenny Garrett; "Old Folks" has Bob James working with Mark Turner. Artists who also get their own featured numbers include Fourplay, Garrett, and James. In general, the communal atmosphere must have inspired all involved; Casino Lights '99 captures some of their best playing to date.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The Montreux Jazz Festival has made this exquisite resort town tucked into a corner of Lake Geneva, towered over by the hulking Alps a household name in jazz households. But by the 20th century's end, the festival had grown and changed almost beyond recognition; indeed, what one knowledgeable local observer calls the "Time Warnerization" of Montreux is quite evident here in this two-CD "document" of the 1999 Festival. The idea here is to update the Jazz At The Philharmonic tours and CTI All-Stars concerts by gathering a bunch of Warner Bros. contracted musicians -- all of whom operate in the smooth jazz arena in the States -- and turning 'em loose in various combinations in the hope that something ignites. Some things do ignite, but there is also a lot of over-polished, under-powered music here, for some of the musicians evidently couldn't shake off their Stateside shackles. One tune that does get very hot is the 11-minute jam "Always There," with a crowded front line of Rick Braun, Kenny Garrett, Boney James, and Kirk Whalum clearly lit up by Larry Carlton's sharp rhythm guitar and George Duke's funky-butt clavinet comping. Garrett's smokin' rhythm section rouses his badder self on "Wayne's Thang"; and in a salute to his famous 1991 Montreux gig with Miles Davis, Garrett quotes Miles's "Jean Pierre" on the way out. In another reminder of Montreux' past, Carlton slyly invokes Eddie Harris's "It's Cold Duck Time" (from the epochal Swiss Movement) while Whalum provides the blunt edge. There are some flickers of welcome against-type programming as Fourplay does a nice job with another bit of Miles ("Four") and Kevin Mahogany gets an exciting, growling thing going in "Yesterday I Have the Blues." While virtually all of festival's historic events occurred in Montreux' cozy Casino ballroom, now the concerts take place elsewhere, mostly in the new Auditorium Stravinski and adjoining Miles Davis Hall. And as befits the genre, some unspecified, sleight-of-hand overdubbing in Los Angeles also takes place, so this may not be exactly the way it was.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624746621
catalogNumber:
47466

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Performance Credits

Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Keyboards
Bob James   Piano
Jeff Johnson   Guitar
Boney James   Track Performer
Gabriela Anders   Vocals
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Chris "Daddy" Dave   Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Mitchel Forman   Keyboards
Ken Freeman   Recorder
Kenny Garrett   Alto Saxophone
James Genus   Bass
Billy Kilson   Drums
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Kevin Mahogany   Vocals
Michael Manson   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Shedrick Mitchell   Piano
Mark Turner   Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Ross Bolton   Guitar
Rick Jackson   Keyboards
Nat Reeves   Bass
Manu Guiot   Recorder

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
George Duke   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Bob James   Composer
Ronnie Laws   Composer
Sonny Abelardo   Live Production
Gabriela Anders   Composer
Rick Braun   Composer
Paul Brown   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Kenny Garrett   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Terry Jackson   Engineer
William Jeffrey   Composer
David Kuhn   Engineer
Jim Oppenheim   Composer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Kirk Whalum   Composer
Paul Allen   Composer
Claude Nobs   Executive Producer
Leon Bisquera   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Jud Guitteau   Illustrations
Donnell Spencer   Composer
Darin Jeffrey Black   Composer

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