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I Can See Heaven From Here
     

I Can See Heaven From Here

by The Gordon Project
 
This hit-and-miss, half-vocal, half-instrumental project put together by drummer/arranger Howee Gordon is a new adult contemporary equivalent of listening to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy. Just as one might skip over the Yoko to get to the John, just as you're enjoying some colorful, jazzy,

Overview

This hit-and-miss, half-vocal, half-instrumental project put together by drummer/arranger Howee Gordon is a new adult contemporary equivalent of listening to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy. Just as one might skip over the Yoko to get to the John, just as you're enjoying some colorful, jazzy, poppy instrumentals, another bland vocal by featured singer Elysa Sunshine comes on to steal the true enjoyment of this disc. The songs are spacey and airy, and her quasi-Basia voice has minimal drawing power. Perhaps Gordon felt an all-instrumental album might not be able to compete as well as one with vocals -- which is quite a shame, because the instrumental tunes here are as tasty as anything on the air today in smooth jazz. "The Charlatan" is a peppy, swinging duet showcasing the speedy alto and piano skills of Peter Anderson and Jim West, respectively, all over a rolling bassline by Dave Anderson. Steve Kenyon's combination of finesse and intensity on soprano sax is reminiscent of Jay Beckenstein, while "In the Mode" perfectly brings the big-band hipness into modern smooth jazz terms. Gordon keeps the rhythm pumping on these tracks, but has to slow down considerably to let the Sunshine in. In this case, listeners might prefer to stay in the dark.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923787426
catalogNumber:
7874

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Performance Credits

Gordon Project   Primary Artist
Eric Johnson   Keyboards
John Arrucci   Percussion
Howard Gordon   Percussion,Snare Drums
Jim West   Keyboards
Steve Kenyon   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Anderson   Bass
Peter Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Brian Glassman   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Josef Myrow   Composer
Howard Gordon   Arranger,Producer
Donald Elfman   Executive Producer
Jim West   Arranger
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Chris Fasulo   Engineer
Howee Gordon   Producer

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