Life Changes

Life Changes

by Doc Powell
     
 

Doc Powell has a way of hiring a lot of talented musicians to play on his albums and not giving them enough room to stretch out. On Life Changes, the players include Patrice Rushen (electric and acoustic piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Kirk Whalum (tenor sax), and BillySee more details below

Overview

Doc Powell has a way of hiring a lot of talented musicians to play on his albums and not giving them enough room to stretch out. On Life Changes, the players include Patrice Rushen (electric and acoustic piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Kirk Whalum (tenor sax), and Billy Preston (organ, acoustic piano). With such talent on board, Powell could have easily delivered a killer soul-jazz album, but regrettably, the George Benson-influenced guitarist plays it safe and makes sure that improvisation is kept to a bare minimum. NAC/smooth jazz programmers don't like a lot of blowing, and Powell obviously kept that in mind when he produced and arranged Life Changes. Most of the time, this formulaic, by-the-book urban/pop/jazz date sounds like it was tailor-made for NAC radio. Nonetheless, Life Changes has its moments. The funky "I Know That's Right" is infectious, if overproduced, and singer Ollie Woodson (formerly of the Temptations) has pleasant spots on "Tell Her Love Has Felt the Need" (originally recorded by the late Eddie Kendricks) and "For the Soul in You." Neither of these tunes have anything to do with jazz, although they're decent R&B/pop offerings along the lines of Luther Vandross and Freddie Jackson. Life Changes isn't a total disaster, but Powell is capable of a lot more -- especially when musicians like Brecker and Rushen are around.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
Label:
SAMSON MUSIC
UPC:
0602582000128
catalogNumber:
20001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doc Powell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Multi Instruments,scat
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano
Patrice Rushen   Piano,Electric Piano
Bob James   Piano
Kenny Rankin   Background Vocals,scat
Kevin Toney   Keyboards
Sekou Bunch   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Laval Belle   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Thomas Dawson   Keyboards
DeVere Duckett   Background Vocals
Ray Griffin   Drums
Ivan Hampden   Drums
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Arno Lucas   Percussion
Byron Miller   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Jimmy Neuble   Bass,Electric Bass
Michael Neuble   Drums
Jerry Peters   Strings
Logan Reynolds   Piano,Keyboards
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Spikes   Tenor Saxophone
Myron McKinley   Keyboards
Darrell Diaz   Keyboards
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl Jordan   Executive Producer
Steve Barri   Executive Producer
Thomas Dawson   String Arrangements
Doc Powell   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Peters   String Arrangements
Logan Reynolds   rhythm arrangement
Frank Roszak   Engineer

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