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Acoustic guitarist Steve Oliver knows another can't-miss smooth jazz secret: if you want to create a killer debut, work with a slew of past and present Rippingtons. First View reveals a strong melodic player and composer equally comfortable on sweet little gems like "I Know" and the slamming razor sharp funk of "Happy Feet"; Oliver was able to bring a fresh new hip-hop feel to the silly standard "Midnight at the Oasis." Another trademark is his remarkable soprano-voiced scatting ability, which he weaves seamlessly into his guitar lines. Still, it's got to be a secure feeling having percussionist Steve Reid, saxmen Paul Taylor and Jeff Kashiwa, keyboardist Dave Kochanski...
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014062091623 Inscribed and authographed by Steve Oliver! All our CDs are in original condition from private collections with all inserts/art work present! The condition grades are ... based on the discs surface and all guaranteed to play! First Class Mail! Read more Show Less

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014062091623 The front insert is inscribed (?Best Wishes!?) and autographed by Steve Oliver! This CD has been purchased and unwrapped, but only listened to once. Looks and plays ... as new - no scratches, marks or any visible wear on the disc. Very minor shelf wear on the jewel case. All inserts/artworks are present. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Acoustic guitarist Steve Oliver knows another can't-miss smooth jazz secret: if you want to create a killer debut, work with a slew of past and present Rippingtons. First View reveals a strong melodic player and composer equally comfortable on sweet little gems like "I Know" and the slamming razor sharp funk of "Happy Feet"; Oliver was able to bring a fresh new hip-hop feel to the silly standard "Midnight at the Oasis." Another trademark is his remarkable soprano-voiced scatting ability, which he weaves seamlessly into his guitar lines. Still, it's got to be a secure feeling having percussionist Steve Reid, saxmen Paul Taylor and Jeff Kashiwa, keyboardist Dave Kochanski and bassist Kim Stone helping out. The Taylor driven bridge on "Happy Feet" thrusts along like a classic Rippingtons' riff. The one area of departure from that Rippingtons' feel which Oliver could feel free to explore more lest he always be compared to Russ Freeman appears on "East Wind," which finds him right at home exploring more hard-edged blues flavors. Even if his basic acoustic sound is of the cool and balmy variety, he likes to surround it with hard-hitting grooves at times; "Happy Feet"'s foundation, laid down by Stone and aggressive drummer Dave Hooper, provides the perfect balance for Oliver's lighter touch.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/1999
  • Label: Native Language
  • UPC: 014062091623
  • Catalog Number: 916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 West End (5:26)
  2. 2 Highway One (5:24)
  3. 3 First View (4:13)
  4. 4 Midnight at the Oasis (4:13)
  5. 5 I Know (4:59)
  6. 6 One Wish (4:12)
  7. 7 Happy Feet (4:01)
  8. 8 East Wind (4:24)
  9. 9 Sunrise Celebration (4:13)
  10. 10 We Will Be (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Oliver Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Guerrero Flugelhorn
Rob Mullins Bass, Keyboards
Steve Reid Percussion
Roger Friend Percussion, Cymbals
Dave Hooper Drums
Jeff Kashiwa Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Stone Bass
Paul Taylor Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Larry Antonino Bass
Dave Kochanski Keyboards
Tom McMoran Keyboards
Mike Broening Bass, Keyboards
Theo Bishop Keyboards
Technical Credits
Rob Mullins drum programming
Steve Reid Programming
George Landress Engineer
Steve Oliver Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Dave Kochanski Programming
Mike Broening drum programming
Theo Bishop Programming
Steve Reid Engineer
Chris Justice Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Steve Oliver - Artist Extraordinaire!!

    Lose yourself in Steve's work - versatile, creative, just downright fun! Steve plays the guitar like an angel and sings all those great notes and sounds you hear in the background!! And he can sure entertain an audience! His CDs are a delight to hum along to.

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