Forces at Play

Forces at Play

by Jim Peterik's Lifeforce
     
 

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In the three years between the release of the veteran pop
ocker's first Lifeforce project and this dynamic and diverse follow-up, Peterik gained solid acceptance among the musicians and fans who create the intensely passionate contemporary urban jazz community. While Forces at Play features Peterik (onetime lead singer of

Overview

In the three years between the release of the veteran pop
ocker's first Lifeforce project and this dynamic and diverse follow-up, Peterik gained solid acceptance among the musicians and fans who create the intensely passionate contemporary urban jazz community. While Forces at Play features Peterik (onetime lead singer of Ides of March and co-founder of Survivor) on guitar (his primary instrument), percussion, and keyboards and includes several vocal spotlights, his ambitious aim as producer seems to be orchestrating, à la Quincy Jones, the creation of a powerful collection of diverse rock, pop, soul, worldbeat, and contemporary jazz tunes featuring many A-list friends in his new genre. Overall, the results are joyfully schizophrenic, jumping from one vibe to the next, as if Peterik's the host of a magical studio-based festival with rotating chairs. Genre fans could enjoy his crisp ensemble action with a virtual who's who of its top instrumental stars: Steve Cole (sax) and Chieli Minucci (guitar) revving up on the punchy, in-the-pocket title track; Mindi Abair (sax, vocals) charming her way through the soulful "'Sall Good" and firing up with Minucci on the blistering ballad "Slither"; Lisa McClowry (vocals) and Acoustic Alchemy easing dreamily through "Teach You Tonight"; Jessy J (sax) vibing with Peterik on the sultry "Jazzy Lady"; Steve Oliver (guitar, vocal percussion) driving the exotic, feel-good jam "Talking Drum"; David Pack (a pop
ock contemporary of Peterik) in a duet with Peterik on the inspirational rocker "Look for Your Life"; and Alex Ligertwood (vocals). While one of the the main points of the first Lifeforce CD was to introduce Peterik to a new audience with radio-friendly, essentially instrumental versions of his earlier pop hits, Forces at Play takes Peterik to challenging new creative heights -- working with amazing musicians who help him up his game as a composer, singer, musician, and producer. It's exciting to see him making such a high-energy artistic statement and having so much fun doing it.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
Label:
Smc Recordings
UPC:
0852819005536
catalogNumber:
553

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Peterik's Lifeforce   Primary Artist
Jim Peterik   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ed Breckenfeld   Drums
Jeff Carlisi   Guitar
Greg Carmichael   Guitar
Steve Eisen   Saxophone
Klem Hayes   Bass
Jeff Lantz   Keyboards
Alex Ligertwood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Lizik   Bass
Michael Logan   Keyboards
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Steve Oliver   Vocals
David Pack   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Patterson   Bass
Steve Cole   Saxophone
Richie Davis   Guitar
Nick Colionne   Guitar
Mindi Abair   Saxophone,Vocals
Lisa McClowry   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Blake Aaron   Guitar
Khari Parker   Drums
Marzette Griffith   Vocals
Miles Gilderdale   Guitar
Mike Aquino   Guitar
Jessy J   Saxophone
Jesse J   Saxophone
Sijay   Saxophone,Vocals
Cat Clausen   Guitar
Mike Cichowicz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Jim Peterik   Composer,Producer
Bob Bergland   Management
Jeff Lantz   Orchestral Arrangements
Michael Logan   Programming
Larry Millas   Programming,Engineer
Steve Oliver   Programming
Frankie Sullivan   Composer
Mindi Abair   Composer
Dick Fowler   Composer
Mark Alano   Art Direction
Keith Steward   Composer
Marzette Griffith   Composer
Chris May   Personal Assistant
Toby Bermann   Stage Manager
Georgia Frances Strings   String Section
Roy Ferrer   Back Cover Photo

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