Just Feelin' It

Just Feelin' It

by Michael Manson
     
 

By virtue of his size, smile, stronger promotional push, and ubiquitous covers of disco-era hits, Wayman Tisdale has taken the melodic virtues of the bass and made it a viable instrument in smooth jazz. But there's always room for another, and of all the longtime sidemen releasing solo efforts in 2006, Michael Manson -- a genre heavySee more details below

Overview

By virtue of his size, smile, stronger promotional push, and ubiquitous covers of disco-era hits, Wayman Tisdale has taken the melodic virtues of the bass and made it a viable instrument in smooth jazz. But there's always room for another, and of all the longtime sidemen releasing solo efforts in 2006, Michael Manson -- a genre heavy who is best known for his long-term association with Kirk Whalum -- made the best effort to emerge as a star. The energetic melodies, slick and soulful playing, and spirited horn-spiked production on his second disc make for a solid follow-up to his 2002 debut The Bottom Line, which spawned the popular radio hit "Outer Drive." Cover happy 2006 radio programmers are probably more appreciative of Manson's graceful, bluesy reading of Luther Vandross' "There's Nothing Better Than Love" and lightly grooving twist on "Lovely Day" (featuring dreamy vocals by Kevin Whalum, Kirk's brother) -- but Manson blissfully shows that the art of original songwriting is still thriving in the genre. The bubbly "Coming Right at You," featuring Whalum and the piano solo expertise of Mike Logan and Jeff Lorber, is pure horn-funk delight, but the tight hook is just the start. Towards the end of the tune, Whalum chimes in with a fiery jazz solo that simply doesn't last long enough, but the point is clear -- Manson as producer wants real playing beyond just what radio might find convenient. That vibe continues throughout on tunes like the title track and the Lorber-produced "Way Back When," creating an exciting retro feel that allows many of the genre's all-stars (Rick Braun, Norman Brown, et al) but never lets us forget that Manson's axe is the focal point. Amidst the smooth, there's also the wild and crazy Tower of Power-like jam which again reminds us that smooth jazz artists come to play. Overall, Just Feelin' It is an outstanding second effort that makes listeners really feel there's a bright future for smooth jazz.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
215 Records
UPC:
0898841000392
catalogNumber:
2039

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Manson   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar,Piccolo Bass,Tenor Bass
George Duke   Piano,Keyboards
Nelson Rangell   Saxophone
Jeff Lorber   Piano,Keyboards
Norman Brown   Guitar
Alex Al   Bass
Stephen Berry   Trombone
Larry Bowen   Trumpet
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Keyboards
Jerry DiMuzio   Saxophone
Ray Fuller   Rhythm Guitar
Tim Gant   Keyboards
Chris Harris   Vocals
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Michael Logan   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone,Vocals
Pharez Whitted   Trumpet
Dave Kochanski   Keyboards
Maurice Fitzgerald   Bass
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Gerey Johnson   Guitar
Oscar Seaton   Cymbals,Drums,Hi Hat
Stephen Lu   Keyboards
Kevin Randolph   Keyboards
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
John Blasucci   Keyboards
Louie Stockwell   Saxophone
Khari Parker   Drums
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Chris Miskel   Drums
Calvin Rogers   Drums

Technical Credits

Luther Vandross   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Programming,Producer
Skip Anderson   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Programming,Producer
Michael Logan   Producer
Michael Manson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dave Kochanski   Programming,Producer
John Stoddart   Composer
Stephen Lu   Programming,Producer
Chris Miskel   Programming
Calvin Rogers   Programming

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