Collective Force

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
While the global dance community has never failed to make a commotion over European groovemeisters Count Basic, the West Coast-based keyboard trio 3rd Force has slowly amassed a catalog of music as rhythm intensive and melodically irresistible as its titles are pun-inflected Forces of Nature, Vital Force, etc.. So many of their cuts -- anchored by synth wizard William Aura and enhanced by a host of eager smooth jazz stars like Craig Chaquico, Boney James, and Peter White -- have made it onto the airwaves that Higher Octave Music had no trouble gathering 13 well-known tracks to digitally remaster to form the bulk of Collective Force. 3rd Force's productions can be simple...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
While the global dance community has never failed to make a commotion over European groovemeisters Count Basic, the West Coast-based keyboard trio 3rd Force has slowly amassed a catalog of music as rhythm intensive and melodically irresistible as its titles are pun-inflected Forces of Nature, Vital Force, etc.. So many of their cuts -- anchored by synth wizard William Aura and enhanced by a host of eager smooth jazz stars like Craig Chaquico, Boney James, and Peter White -- have made it onto the airwaves that Higher Octave Music had no trouble gathering 13 well-known tracks to digitally remaster to form the bulk of Collective Force. 3rd Force's productions can be simple and sparse, as on "Here Comes the Night," which features a gentle acoustic piano intro and then a subtle, seductive groove and dreamy atmosphere behind Peter White's high-toned acoustic melody. Other pieces like "No Doubt" combine hypnotic synth swirls, hip-hop shuffling grooves, and an energetic flugelhorn and trumpet battle off the main melody. The two new tunes perfectly display this dichotomy: "Dance With Me" twines sprinkles of synth-generated tropical vibes, Grant Geissman's echoing electric guitar, and wah-wah snaps under a jumpy electric piano melody; "Sweet Surrender" finds White playing it cool on a lilting melody over a gently rhythmic flow, combining his nylon strings in certain parts with electronic flute and accordion sounds before he echoes those lines solo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724384885526
  • Catalog Number: 48855
  • Sales rank: 42,957

Album Credits

Performance Credits
3rd Force Primary Artist
William Aura Bass, Percussion, Keyboards, Vox Organ
Brian Hughes Guitar
John Klemmer Saxophone
Peter White Acoustic Guitar, Accordion
Rick Braun Flugelhorn
Gerlando Compilati Percussion, Conga
Craig Dobbin Piano, Keyboards
Jeff Elliot Trumpet
Alain Eskinasi Bass, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Grant Geissman Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Richard Hardy Flute, Saxophone
Gary Herbig Saxophone
Tony Karasek Sitar
Matt Marshall Percussion
Peer Rave Drums
Paul Taylor Saxophone
Peter Sterling Harp
David Thomas Keyboards
John Halblieb Muted Trumpet
Rebecca Carlish Vox Organ
Technical Credits
William Aura Producer
3rd Force Producer
Dominic Camardella Producer
Matt Marshall Executive Producer
Dan Selene Executive Producer
Bill Merryfield Art Direction
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