Forever Loved

Forever Loved

by Jimmy Reid
     
 
It may be too early to declare this the start of an entire youth movement, but the second generation of smooth jazz performers is off to a convincing, feel good start with 21-year-old Jimmy Reid -- a saxman raised on transcriptions of genre stars like Richard Elliot, Kirk Whalum, and Gerald Albright rather than the bebop forefathers

Overview

It may be too early to declare this the start of an entire youth movement, but the second generation of smooth jazz performers is off to a convincing, feel good start with 21-year-old Jimmy Reid -- a saxman raised on transcriptions of genre stars like Richard Elliot, Kirk Whalum, and Gerald Albright rather than the bebop forefathers those players so revered. All of those influences ring through loud and clear on Reid's slickly produced, right in the pocket debut Forever Loved, which heralds Reid's arrival not only as a notable player on all three saxes, but also as a solid pop songcraftsman. While perky, percussive lightweights like "Feels So Good" show that Reid can get our attention with catchy hooks and a combination of staccato verses and silky transitional passages, his true skills are as a balladeer, crooning and commanding with his horn rather than vocals. Reid and his co-arrangers build tunes the way Barry Manilow did in the '70s deceptively gentle beginnings and slowly emerging emotional fires leading to wild, gloriously overblown crescendos (how could he not go this melodramatic route on a remake of the Titanic theme?). Reid's kindhearted, sometimes weepy soprano tones on that tune and the lush, teary "So Beautiful" and "Lullaby" are Koz-induced all the way. His assured tenor melody on the light funk tune "Yearning for Your Love" falls somewhere in between Elliot's scorching robustness and Whalum's deeper, but more subtle emotions. And yet, one whiff of the way his improvisational blasts egg on and swirl around the gospel vocals on the title track, and it's clear that Reid can break out of those molds; hope also lies in the way his straight-to-the-heart alto matches Whalum's tenor note for note, and sometimes as a playful conversational point-counterpoint, on the duet "Love Is." Before the last chorus, the two even engage in a tease and taunt, push and pull repartee, as if to ask, "Who wants to lead?"

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/1998
Label:
Discovery / Wea
UPC:
0010467707428
catalogNumber:
77074

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Reid   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Saxophone,Multi Instruments
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Keith Robinson   Guitar
Robbie Buchanan   fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Andrew Gouche   Bass
Phillip Ingram   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tim Kobza   Acoustic Guitar
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Wayne Linsey   Piano
Timothy May   Electric Guitar
Ricky Minor   Bass
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Jim Slattery   Piano
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
Brian Peters   Hammond Organ
Eddie Miller   Synthesizer
Tim Carmon   Synthesizer,Piano
Sean Holt   Percussion,Vocals
Stephen Lu   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
Myron McKinley   Piano
Derek "D 'Loc" Walker   Drums
Gordon Campbell   Drums
David Foreman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Babyface   Contributor
Anita Baker   Contributor
Phil Collins   Contributor
Celine Dion   Contributor
Whitney Houston   Contributor
Michael Jackson   Contributor
Luther Vandross   Contributor
Kenny G   Contributor
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Contributor
Craig Burbidge   Engineer,drum programming
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
Andrew Gouche   Arranger
Phillip Ingram   Contributor
Paul Jackson   Contributor
Ricky Lawson   Contributor
Derek Nakamoto   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Rhythm Programming
Barry Paul   Engineer
Joe Wolfe   Producer
Suzie Katayama   Contributor
Brian Peters   Arranger,Producer
Koji Egawa   Engineer
Eddie Miller   Programming
Tim Carmon   Arranger,Programming
Cliff Gorov   Executive Producer
Jimmy Reid   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Stephen Lu   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
John Ayers   Art Direction

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