Life's a Ride

Life's a Ride

by Carol Frazier
     
 

A voice that has a depth and strength below the surface, Carol Frazier doesn't get started on the right track. The spoken-word verses on "Break My Fall" heighten the vocals during the jazzy chorus, but dampen what might have been an improved beginning. Steve Boyton's guitar solo and dexterity compensates partially for the wrong musical foot, though. Much more polished… See more details below

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A voice that has a depth and strength below the surface, Carol Frazier doesn't get started on the right track. The spoken-word verses on "Break My Fall" heighten the vocals during the jazzy chorus, but dampen what might have been an improved beginning. Steve Boyton's guitar solo and dexterity compensates partially for the wrong musical foot, though. Much more polished and swinging are "Holy Roller Swing" and "Hypocrite," both having their hip horn sections. Frazier doesn't break out of her mold until "If You Only Knew," a song similar to Diana Krall or Norah Jones in quality and ability. Supported by a sparse but durable supporting cast, the singer hits all the right points and, more importantly, at the right moments. Continuing the momentum on "One Word," Frazier makes the most of a world music/pop and gospel crossover sound. Horns and a slow aerobic-exercise tempo result in a bouncy title track despite the rather corny lyrics. Performing a cover of the Police's "Walking on the Moon" is a daring proposition, but she holds her own with a whispering and sultry style over a Latin jazz arrangement. A couple of songs don't quite measure up, particularly the standard jazz idea on "Angels Can Fly" that features a bit of Ella Fitzgerald-like scat over Taylor Mesple's strong piano work. Of note, though, is the funky vibe on "Janey Lane," a duet between Steve Amedee and Frazier that is one of the easy highlights to notice. A touch of Celtic-inspired music finishes the record during "It Is Well." The album is sinfully soothing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2000
Label:
Hapi Skratch
UPC:
0742187002421
catalogNumber:
70024

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carol Frazier   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nelson Rangell   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Amedee   Tambourine,Vocals
Ty Burhoe   Tabla
Eric Gunnison   Piano
Nelson Hinds   Trombone
Steve Mesplé   Electric Guitar
Taylor Mesple   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Olson   Bass
Larry Thompson   Drums
Dave Beegle   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Tom Capek   Mastering
Carol Frazier   Arranger
Taylor Mesple   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mike Robinson   Engineer
Dave Beegle   Arranger
Lorne Bregitzer   Engineer

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