In the Park

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In a genre where so much creative expression sounds like similarly crafted radio fare and in which so many players who come along fail to stand out, Detroit bred saxman Mike Gealer emerges as something as a saving grace. A generally cheery composer who likes to stick to the upbeat and spirited, his tunes happen to fall into the lighthearted airplay bin. But stylistic diversity--which leads him on tasty ventures into everything from Latin funk to urban groove to mystical new age--rescues him from any attempt to pigeonhole. He starts out light and lyrical before punching up the pace and roaring through a tight, soulful playground based on numerous influences notably, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In a genre where so much creative expression sounds like similarly crafted radio fare and in which so many players who come along fail to stand out, Detroit bred saxman Mike Gealer emerges as something as a saving grace. A generally cheery composer who likes to stick to the upbeat and spirited, his tunes happen to fall into the lighthearted airplay bin. But stylistic diversity--which leads him on tasty ventures into everything from Latin funk to urban groove to mystical new age--rescues him from any attempt to pigeonhole. He starts out light and lyrical before punching up the pace and roaring through a tight, soulful playground based on numerous influences notably, the driving "Hip Bop." He romances a "Princess," goes "Dancin' in the Park" and contemplates his heart's yearnings before cranking things up again and "Drivin' Home." Among those along for the day on the playground, kicking up the ensemble action, are labelmate Gregg Karukas, guitarist Mike O'Neill, drummer Joel Taylor and the world class percussion fire of Munyungo Jackson and Efrain Toro. Smooth jazz needed to hear more from him but unfortunately, didn't in the late 90's.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/1994
  • Label: Positive Music
  • UPC: 718257801522
  • Catalog Number: 78015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Getaway (4:38)
  2. 2 Take Me with You (4:26)
  3. 3 Father to Son (5:28)
  4. 4 E Z Street (5:30)
  5. 5 Catwalk (5:48)
  6. 6 Urban Oasis (4:48)
  7. 7 Hip Bop (4:24)
  8. 8 Princess (4:04)
  9. 9 Dancin' in the Park (4:18)
  10. 10 One Day Soon (4:20)
  11. 11 Crystal Mist (6:12)
  12. 12 Drivin' Home (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Gealer Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Cabasa
Gregg Karukas Keyboards
Curtis Brengle Keyboards
Gerry Brown Drums
Tim Gilpin Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Mark Matejka Guitar
Mike O'Neil Guitar
Joel Taylor Cymbals, Hi Hat
Efrain Toro Percussion
Warren Wiebe Vocals
David Vasquez Keyboards
Milton Nelson Keyboards
Andrew Ford Bass
Technical Credits
Michael McDonald Engineer
Gregg Karukas Producer, Engineer
Mike Gealer Producer
Curtis Brengle Producer
Tim Gilpin Producer, Engineer
Jeff Lewis Producer, Engineer
Mike O'Neil Producer, Engineer
Paul Andris Engineer
David Vasquez Producer
Milton Nelson Producer
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