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Dual Identity
     

Dual Identity

by Larry Gittens
 

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The veteran trumpeter and keyboardist made his mark on pop music playing for years with Stevie Wonder and Kool & the Gang, but his smooth jazz-oriented debut reflects influences far beyond R&B. This might be disappointing for fans expecting loads of funk (who will be appeased with the chunkier grooves of

Overview

The veteran trumpeter and keyboardist made his mark on pop music playing for years with Stevie Wonder and Kool & the Gang, but his smooth jazz-oriented debut reflects influences far beyond R&B. This might be disappointing for fans expecting loads of funk (who will be appeased with the chunkier grooves of "One 4 Mo"), but those who appreciate more subtle jazz and Brazilian music will appreciate it. Gittens and his band immediately seduce listeners with the Jobim influence of the frisky samba "Moon Over Sonoma," which finds his restrained flügelhorn drifting sweetly over Rob Bacon's bright acoustic strumming. "Let Me Love You" is a more romantic excursion along these lines, adding muted trumpet and the lovely soprano sax harmony of Michael Lington. An obvious tribute to the Crusaders' pianist, "Joe's Sample" blends light funk, playful female vocals, and Najee's lush guest flute lines with Gittens' tremendous versatility on trumpet, organ, and Fender Rhodes. Gittens also has a strictly romantic side, displayed with cool affection on the dreamy and atmospheric "Town by the Bay." Pop fans will also enjoy his trippy, ambient percussive twist on "Good Vibrations," which features an organ foundation and a drum line that grows louder by the second. The disc would be stronger without all of the fine but ultimately unremarkable vocal tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Human Feel Records
UPC:
0806838107825
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
303890

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Gittens   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Najee   Flute
Michael Sembello   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Alex Al   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Robert Bacon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm,Guitar (Nylon String)
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Leyla Hoyle   Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny Sembello   Keyboards
Eric Smith   Bass
Clifford Adams   Trombone,Vocals
Julie Griffen   Background Vocals
Michael Lington   Soprano Saxophone
Iraj Lashkaryl   Percussion
Robert Aragon   Guitar
Alexx Daye   Vocals,Background Vocals
Abe Fogel   Percussion,Drums
Sherrie Ford   Vocals,Background Vocals
Amy Deluca   Vocals,Background Vocals
Liza Mineni   Vocals
George Ramirez   Percussion,Drums
John Soderman   Drums
Liza Long   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Larry Gittens   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Author,drum programming,Instrumentation
Miguel Martinez   Engineer
Danny Sembello   Composer
Amy Deluca   Composer
Mundo Gomez   Engineer
Brian McCurry   Engineer
Mike S. Nury   Executive Producer

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