Cycles

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Drummer Gene Lake, the son of renowned alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, comes on strong with his solo debut. Anyone familiar with Lake's work behind the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Steve Coleman, and David Fiuczynski would expect the drumming on Cycles to be phenomenal, but more surprising is Lake's talent on electric bass and keyboards. Aside from a sprinkling of guest guitarists and keyboardists Fiuczynski, Bryant McNeil, Federico Gonzales Pena, Andy Milne, Scott Brown, Lake plays everything himself, and the results are often staggering. Highlights include the opening "Steppin' Up" and Pena's "The Verdict" the one track not penned by Lake himself. Those with a knee-jerk...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Drummer Gene Lake, the son of renowned alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, comes on strong with his solo debut. Anyone familiar with Lake's work behind the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Steve Coleman, and David Fiuczynski would expect the drumming on Cycles to be phenomenal, but more surprising is Lake's talent on electric bass and keyboards. Aside from a sprinkling of guest guitarists and keyboardists Fiuczynski, Bryant McNeil, Federico Gonzales Pena, Andy Milne, Scott Brown, Lake plays everything himself, and the results are often staggering. Highlights include the opening "Steppin' Up" and Pena's "The Verdict" the one track not penned by Lake himself. Those with a knee-jerk allergy to jazz-funk fusion need not apply. Recorded by Lake over the course of the mid to late 90s, these tracks range from highly melodic and mellow to out-and-out head-slamming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Passin Thru Records
  • UPC: 687317121422
  • Catalog Number: 41214
  • Sales rank: 237,836

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Steppin' Up (6:41)
  2. 2 Face da Funk (4:06)
  3. 3 Us (5:06)
  4. 4 Cycles (4:33)
  5. 5 After Thought (4:15)
  6. 6 Grace Under Pressure (5:17)
  7. 7 Lovesong (2:50)
  8. 8 The Verdict (2:08)
  9. 9 The Real McCoy (7:05)
  10. 10 Mental Funk (4:53)
  11. 11 New Day (3:24)
  12. 12 The End (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Lake Primary Artist, Various
Oliver Lake Saxophone, Soloist
David Fiuczynski Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Andy Milne Piano, Soloist
Bryant McNeil Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Scott Brown Keyboards
Frederico Gonzales Pena Keyboards
Technical Credits
Oliver Lake Cover Photo
Gene Lake Producer, Instrumentation
Greg Tate Liner Notes
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