Growing Up

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Chris Ho does something curious on his picture-perfect ensemble recording Growing Up -- he relegates Smokey Robinson, one of the greatest soul voices of all time, to Nathan East-like soft wordless vocals doubling with the piano on the eloquent "Don't Think Too Much." Perhaps Ho has too much integrity as a composer/keyboardist to sell out to the "vocal makes a hit mentality, " but limiting Smokey seems a bit silly. On the other hand, Ho and his unit featuring guitarist Michael O'Neill and saxman Wayne Wayne, who doubles on flute for passages on the Smokey tune create what's best described as elegant funk. The tempo of the tune depends on whether drummer David Renick ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Chris Ho does something curious on his picture-perfect ensemble recording Growing Up -- he relegates Smokey Robinson, one of the greatest soul voices of all time, to Nathan East-like soft wordless vocals doubling with the piano on the eloquent "Don't Think Too Much." Perhaps Ho has too much integrity as a composer/keyboardist to sell out to the "vocal makes a hit mentality, " but limiting Smokey seems a bit silly. On the other hand, Ho and his unit featuring guitarist Michael O'Neill and saxman Wayne Wayne, who doubles on flute for passages on the Smokey tune create what's best described as elegant funk. The tempo of the tune depends on whether drummer David Renick relies on the gentle hi-hat and brush, or more down and dirty skinning. Ho, having established an initial motif, seems to enjoy deferring to Wayne, who carries the bright melodies of such standouts as "Hide and Seek" and the graceful ballad "Jaqueline." Where Ho finds his strength is in his solos in between the sax-led verses of pieces like the quartet oriented, improvisational title track. A tune like this also proves that Ho and friends aren't just your average genre ensemble, creating commercial fare for its own sake. They never delve too deep, but they draw from the bebop tradition often enough to stand out from typical genre keyboard projects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: MERRIMACK
  • UPC: 790861101427
  • Catalog Number: 11014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hide and Seek (4:18)
  2. 2 Don't Think Too Much (5:10)
  3. 3 Broham (3:23)
  4. 4 Jaqueline (3:48)
  5. 5 October Moon (5:02)
  6. 6 Fingerlickin' (4:40)
  7. 7 Diamond Affair (3:53)
  8. 8 December Issue (4:35)
  9. 9 Growing Up (4:18)
  10. 10 Heartmate (5:16)
  11. 11 Dark Heroes (4:12)
  12. 12 Marzo en Roma (1:40)
  13. 13 Bada Be Bim Bop (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Ho Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings, Synthesizer Pads
Smokey Robinson Vocals
Rick Zunigar Guitar, Soloist
Michael O'Neill Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Wayne Wayne Flute, Reeds, Alto Flute, Horn, Leader, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
José Miguel Balbuena Electric Piano
Dr. Matt Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Tom Fills Percussion
David Renick Percussion, Drums
Chris Ho Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, fender rhodes, Soloist, Synthesizer Strings, Synthesizer Brass, Synthesizer Pads
Technical Credits
Rudy Guess Producer, Mastering
Christopher Ho Arranger, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Michael O'Neill Arranger
Wayne Wayne Arranger
Francis P. Dreyer III Art Direction
Brad Vance Mastering
Dr. Matt Arranger, Producer
Chris Ho Producer, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
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