Casino Lights '99

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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 ...
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Sealed in manufacturer's shrinkwrap~Fast shipping. 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 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. There is a 1/4 inch cut in spince of jewelcase that will not affect performance of CD. Thank you for your consideration Read more Show Less

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624746621
  • Catalog Number: 47466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mind Games (7:32)
  2. 2 Old Folks - Mark Turner (6:26)
  3. 3 Wayne's Thang (8:28)
  4. 4 Cold Duck Time (7:55)
  5. 5 Soweto (8:44)
  6. 6 Yesterday I Had the Blues (9:02)
  7. 7 Always There (10:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Night Long (5:47)
  2. 2 Notorious (7:58)
  3. 3 Fire of Love (6:57)
  4. 4 Brazilian Love Affair (9:51)
  5. 5 Four (9:56)
  6. 6 Westchester Lady (13:22)
  7. 7 Watermelon Man (9:58)
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Album Credits

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 Sr. 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
Greg Calbi Mastering
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 Jr. Composer
Darin Jeffrey Black Composer
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