Dark Hero

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Anytime a beloved genre artist emerges from an extended layover in label limbo, it's refreshing to see a certain measure of maturity that will help get him or her back in the mainstream. Sam Riney's four Spindletop releases the last in '91 were primers for the cool soulful sax ideas currently on the airwaves, but he tended to rely too much on outsiders for great productions and material. On Dark Hero, his long overdue return to form, the saxman makes a logical leap from past to present, with a trademark mix of can't miss mid-tempo seductions, easy funk and dreamy ballads. The big difference is, here, he's mostly composing and pulling the switches himself, and to great ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Anytime a beloved genre artist emerges from an extended layover in label limbo, it's refreshing to see a certain measure of maturity that will help get him or her back in the mainstream. Sam Riney's four Spindletop releases the last in '91 were primers for the cool soulful sax ideas currently on the airwaves, but he tended to rely too much on outsiders for great productions and material. On Dark Hero, his long overdue return to form, the saxman makes a logical leap from past to present, with a trademark mix of can't miss mid-tempo seductions, easy funk and dreamy ballads. The big difference is, here, he's mostly composing and pulling the switches himself, and to great effect. Alternating between the three saxes, he includes among the sure fire textures some unique touches like "Chaco Canyon," which combines industrial percussion effects with bass flute and clarinet. "Here We Go" keeps that exotic beat going, traveling East with the help of Grant Geissman's sitar. Keeping Riney's keen sense of romance and adventure at the forefront of the new ideas is keyboardist Mychal Lotz, who alternates between lush elegance and jazzy layfulness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/1996
  • Label: KOKOPELLI RECORDS
  • UPC: 794044131225
  • Catalog Number: 1312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Is Written (5:24)
  2. 2 Night Wind (4:49)
  3. 3 Everything Reminds Me of You (4:06)
  4. 4 Chaco Canyon (4:30)
  5. 5 Choices (4:38)
  6. 6 Too Many Steps (5:42)
  7. 7 Until That Time (4:19)
  8. 8 Here We Go (5:40)
  9. 9 Dark Hero (5:50)
  10. 10 Live and Let Live (5:00)
  11. 11 Whisper (3:59)
  12. 12 Giverny (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Riney Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Arkin Keyboards
Bubba Bryant Drums
Charles Fearing Guitar
Grant Geissman Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Sitar
Darryl Jones Bass
Mychal Lotz Synthesizer, Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Randy Razz Guitar
Technical Credits
Sam Riney Producer
Eddie Arkin Programming, String Arrangements
Bubba Bryant Programming
Lenny Castro Programming
Gary Denton Engineer
Mike Miller Contributor
Alan Yoshida Mastering
Larry Vigon Art Direction, Paintings
Ellis Art Direction
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