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Let It Ride
     

Let It Ride

by Rob White
 
It's been nearly two decades since the production team at Orpheus Records -- including label president Beau Huggins and producer Yasha -- helped create the funky sounds that launched now-veterans Najee and Alex Bugnon to early smooth jazz stardom. Now, the label is hoping that lightning

Overview

It's been nearly two decades since the production team at Orpheus Records -- including label president Beau Huggins and producer Yasha -- helped create the funky sounds that launched now-veterans Najee and Alex Bugnon to early smooth jazz stardom. Now, the label is hoping that lightning strikes again with the discovery of Rob White, a solid R&B, gospel, and funk-influenced saxman who delivers the silky, seductive goods on his label debut. The sax landscape is a bit more crowded these days, but White should have no trouble breaking through with appealing, slickly produced, and powerfully played tracks like the Latin-influenced "Fin de Semana (Weekend)" (featuring wordless backing vocals that just beg the listener to sing along), "High Brow," and the classic, tender Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-penned ballad "I Wish I Wasn't." White is a nimble, versatile player and proves adaptable to all the tempos Yasha provides for him as a producer and composer -- from the dreamy title track to the joyfully uptempo "Summer Groovin'." Most covers these days are generally done by rote, but White is at his most expressive paying homage to Luther Vandross on a heartfelt rendition of "A House Is Not a Home." Let It Ride plays like the beginning of a great new journey in smooth jazz, but it would be nice as his career develops if White could bring more of his own material and production vibe to the table.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2006
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0802469095326
catalogNumber:
5637453104
Rank:
243251

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Performance Credits

Rob White   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barbara Fowler   Background Vocals
Yasha Barjona   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Michael Forte   Bass
Robbie Lyles   Guitar
Chauncey Gemar   Background Vocals
Eric Leone   Guitar
Yasha   Background Vocals
Naomi Emmanuel   Vocals

Technical Credits

Burt Bacharach   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Beau Huggins   Executive Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Billy Moss   Engineer
LeRoix Hampton   Composer
Yasha Barjona   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rob White   Composer
Tony Esposito   Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Composer
Lynne Butkiewicz   Art Direction
Charli Huggins   Executive Producer
Lisa Hernandez   Groomer
Danny White & Linda Nail   Engineer
Ronnie Dividson   Graphic Design
Rob White   Producer
Chauncey Gemar   Composer,Engineer
Yasha   Audio Production

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