In Hi-Fi Stereo

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
More than a few jazz critics have been quick to dismiss Mindi Abair as just another lightweight contributor to the Kenny G/Dave Koz/Richard Elliot school of bland smooth jazz saxophone playing. But even though Abair has recorded her share of generic fluff, the alto and soprano saxophonist does have chops -- and In Hi-Fi Stereo, it turns out, is a pleasant surprise because her chops usually aren't wasted this time. Most of In Hi-Fi Stereo, in fact, is really more soul-jazz than smooth jazz. Abair has plenty of room to stretch out and blow on this 2010 release, and her saxophone playing isn't smothered by layers and layers of unnecessary production. Actually, the album's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
More than a few jazz critics have been quick to dismiss Mindi Abair as just another lightweight contributor to the Kenny G/Dave Koz/Richard Elliot school of bland smooth jazz saxophone playing. But even though Abair has recorded her share of generic fluff, the alto and soprano saxophonist does have chops -- and In Hi-Fi Stereo, it turns out, is a pleasant surprise because her chops usually aren't wasted this time. Most of In Hi-Fi Stereo, in fact, is really more soul-jazz than smooth jazz. Abair has plenty of room to stretch out and blow on this 2010 release, and her saxophone playing isn't smothered by layers and layers of unnecessary production. Actually, the album's title says a lot about what Abair was going for. The phrase "in hi-fidelity stereo" was used a lot back in the 1960s, and this 48-minute CD often recalls the improvisatory soul-jazz recordings of the '60s and '70s. Direct or indirect influences like the Crusaders, the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Tom Scott's L.A. Express, Grover Washington, Jr., David "Fathead" Newman, and Hank Crawford serve Abair well on an album that is mostly instrumental but also contains a few vocal offerings. The most memorable is a remake of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," which boasts a bluesy performance by singer Lalah Hathaway daughter of the late soul legend Donny Hathaway. And the album's weakest moments come when the thin-voiced Abair tries to sing. Of course, having a thin voice doesn't mean that one cannot provide meaningful vocals but Abair's vocals have been flat-out embarrassing at times in 2006, she absolutely butchered Rickie Lee Jones' "It Must Be Love". Thankfully, Abair doesn't do a lot of singing on In Hi-Fi Stereo. She does, however, do a lot of saxophone playing on this album -- most of it gritty, soulful, and pleasingly inspired. And 90 percent of the time, In Hi-Fi Stereo is an album that Abair can be proud of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072318373
  • Catalog Number: 31837
  • Sales rank: 33,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Any Way You Wanna (4:53)
  2. 2 All Star (3:29)
  3. 3 L' Esprit Nouveau (4:25)
  4. 4 Get Right - Ryan Collins (3:24)
  5. 5 Be Beautiful (3:52)
  6. 6 Down for the Count (4:09)
  7. 7 Girls' Night Out (4:04)
  8. 8 Let the Whole World Know (Sing Your Song) (4:19)
  9. 9 It's a Man's Man's Man's World (6:10)
  10. 10 Take Me Home (4:40)
  11. 11 The Alley (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mindi Abair Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Lalah Hathaway Vocals, Background Vocals
James Gadson Drums
Bud Harner Ride Cymbal
Reggie McBride Bass, Upright Bass
Phil Parlapiano Organ, fender rhodes
Rex Rideout Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Michael White Drums
Randy Jacobs Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Smitty Smith Bass
Stephen Theard Keyboards
Lee Thornberg Trombone, Trumpet
David Ryan Harris Guitar, Vocals
Rodney Lee Wurlitzer, Soloist, Hammond B3
Lance Abair Hammond B3
DeWayne Swan Hammond B3
Jay Gore Electric Guitar
Jamey Tate Drums
Jessi Collins Background Vocals
Ryan Collins Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Woodford Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cassandra O'Neal Hammond B3
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Lalah Hathaway Vocal Arrangements
Phil Parlapiano Composer
Rex Rideout Programming, Producer
Stephen Theard Arranger, Composer, Programming
Rico Bell Composer
David Ryan Harris Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Rodney Lee Composer
Mindi Abair Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Richard Barron Engineer
Matthew Hager Composer
Wayne Rodrigues Composer
Jay Gore Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Jamey Tate Composer
Ryan Collins Composer
Betty Newsome Composer
Michael Gassel Package Layout
Tyrone Stevens Composer
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