Halfway Till Dawn

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Listening to Philippe Saisse is like taking a tour through a keyboard paradise with a master tour guide; sometimes he blows off course and sacrifices strong melodies for wild experimentation, but for the most part the ride is as varied and entertaining as the many thingamajigs in his arsenal. The album title implies a sense of easy romance, but that vibe is rare among the fun-filled happenings. Saisse is a great tease, opening "The Girl with Botticelli Eyes" with a majestic piano and synth string duet before diving into a heavy funk groove and hypnotic melody which combines a Fender Rhodes harmony with a sharp electric piano melody. Sometimes, he'll let his guests take ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Listening to Philippe Saisse is like taking a tour through a keyboard paradise with a master tour guide; sometimes he blows off course and sacrifices strong melodies for wild experimentation, but for the most part the ride is as varied and entertaining as the many thingamajigs in his arsenal. The album title implies a sense of easy romance, but that vibe is rare among the fun-filled happenings. Saisse is a great tease, opening "The Girl with Botticelli Eyes" with a majestic piano and synth string duet before diving into a heavy funk groove and hypnotic melody which combines a Fender Rhodes harmony with a sharp electric piano melody. Sometimes, he'll let his guests take it easy while he hams it up; the seven-minute title track finds flugelhornist Jeff Beal lazing dreamily over a thick, industrial percussion trip-hop groove complete with mysterious voices, orchestral lines and improvisational piano solos. Jeff Golub provides the wah-wah guitar click on the schizophrenic opener "Fusionesque," whose retro-soul vibe is so perfect it sounds like an intro to an old Barry White tune; then Saisse provides the perfect balance of acoustic piano warmth amid the machinery before going too far with a space age synth solo. Some may not like the constant experimentation, even though great melodies shine through. But in a genre where artists often have to think before they take wacky risks, Saisse scores high on the chutzpah meter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731454758925
  • Catalog Number: 547589

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fusionesque (4:35)
  2. 2 The Girl with Botticelli Eyes (5:10)
  3. 3 Kinetic Groove (4:43)
  4. 4 Ever up and Onvvard (4:45)
  5. 5 Halfway 'Til Dawn (7:19)
  6. 6 La Vie (6:14)
  7. 7 Minds Alike (4:46)
  8. 8 La Grande Jatte (4:23)
  9. 9 Vol de Nuit (4:02)
  10. 10 Strays (4:27)
  11. 11 Love, Life, and the Universe (5:22)
  12. 12 La Vie (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philippe Saisse Primary Artist, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Vibes, farfisa organ, Vocoder, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog, Roland Synthesizer, Bass Marimba
Jeff Beal Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michael Davis Trombone
Chris Hunter Alto Flute
Chris Minh Doky Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jeff Golub Electric Guitar
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
John Clark French Horn
Dave Bargeron Tuba
James "D-Train" Williams Background Vocals
Jason C. Golley Trumpet
Ronald Jenkins Electric Bass
Angélique Kidjo Vocals, Background Vocals
Brenda King Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
Nick Moroch Sampled Guitar
Andy Snitzer Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fender Rhodes Percussion, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Tony V. Cymbals, Drums, Vocals
Nick Morach Sampled Guitar
Jamie Myerson Keyboards
Vanessa Falabella Donada Vocals
Vanessa Thomas Background Vocals
Tom Salta Percussion, Keyboards
Richard Bona Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass
Cara Jackson Vocals
Roland Vocoder farfisa organ, Wurlitzer, Mini Moog
Technical Credits
Jean Hébrail Arranger, Producer
Roy Hendrickson Producer, Engineer
Philippe Saisse Arranger, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Fender Rhodes drum programming
Tony V. Programming, drum programming
Jamie Myerson Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Manuel Lecuona Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Christian "Wicked" Wicht Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Sound Design
Tom Salta Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Christian Vvicht Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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