La Dolce Vita

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Pop superstar Natasha Bedingfield wasn't the only artist bringing a "Pocketful of Sunshine" to the musical landscape in 2008. Thanks to veteran contemporary jazz saxman Warren Hill's equal penchant for colorful vocals, his vibrant and romantic singalong "Sunshine" is an early highlight on his compelling, melodically and groovingly irresistible Koch Records debut, La Dolce Vita. Hill is so optimistic that even when the clouds come, they pour out a graceful soprano ballad full of balmy acoustic guitar harmony and "Warm Rain." Like a lot of artists in his genre who have been around since NAC became "smooth jazz," Hill's a survivor, heading to smaller labels when the majors...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Pop superstar Natasha Bedingfield wasn't the only artist bringing a "Pocketful of Sunshine" to the musical landscape in 2008. Thanks to veteran contemporary jazz saxman Warren Hill's equal penchant for colorful vocals, his vibrant and romantic singalong "Sunshine" is an early highlight on his compelling, melodically and groovingly irresistible Koch Records debut, La Dolce Vita. Hill is so optimistic that even when the clouds come, they pour out a graceful soprano ballad full of balmy acoustic guitar harmony and "Warm Rain." Like a lot of artists in his genre who have been around since NAC became "smooth jazz," Hill's a survivor, heading to smaller labels when the majors jumped ship and always finding a comfortable home to funk around in. Song for song, this collection is as high-spirited, sensual, and colorful as any he's ever done, starting with the cool struttin' "Mojo" on down through the seductive horn-doubling extravaganzas "Daydreamer" and "Gimme Some," and digging down and dirtier on the old-school jam "Skinny Dippin'." Nearly 20 years into his career, Hill was still enjoying a little balmy exotica among his in-the-pocket can't-miss radio-ready tracks; here, he shuffles down to Rio on the moody, cosmopolitan, and vibes-kissed "The Jive Samba" and mixes Jamaican "industrialism" with sensual Latin dance grooves and horn snazziness on the appropriately titled "Hill Be Jammin'." The erstwhile rock & roller also keeps his longstanding history of doing classic rock tunes alive with a smoothed-out, dreamily hypnotic twist on "Light My Fire." As the title implies, Hill plays with a lot of sugar, as in instantly catchy ear candy. But there's enough blister and edge to make this a rich artistic triumph as well. Along for the ride are some of smooth jazz's always dependable "usual suspects," including Nathan East, Paul Jackson, Jr., and labelmates Jeff Golub and Philippe Saisse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923455523
  • Catalog Number: 4555
  • Sales rank: 113,040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mojo (4:15)
  2. 2 La Dolce Vita (5:26)
  3. 3 Sunshine (4:15)
  4. 4 Daydreamer (5:17)
  5. 5 Gimme Some (4:24)
  6. 6 The Jive Samba (5:08)
  7. 7 Skinny Dippin' (4:35)
  8. 8 We'll Survive (5:16)
  9. 9 Warm Rain (5:27)
  10. 10 Hill Be Jammin' (4:23)
  11. 11 Light My Fire (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Hill Primary Artist, Bass, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Jeff Golub Guitar
Andre Berry Bass, Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Nathan East Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Allen Hinds Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Ricky Lawson Drums
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Sam Purkin Synthesizer, Finger Snapping, Synthesizer Pads
Philippe Saisse Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Michael White Drums
Al Forman fender rhodes
Ronnie Gutierrez Percussion
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Steve Weingart Piano
Mitch Forman Keyboards
Technical Credits
The Doors Composer
Warren Hill Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Andre Berry Arranger, Producer
Nathan East Composer
Sam Purkin Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nate Adderly Jr. Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Eric Boulanger Mastering
Luke Graham Engineer
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