Love Letters

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
On his Heads Up recordings of the 1990s, Gerald Veasley set out to have his cake and eat it too--he wanted to record melodic, accessible pop-jazz that had commercial appeal and didn't frighten away NAC radio stations, but he also wanted to record music that had some substance. And up to a point, he was successful. Love Letters, like his previous Heads Up dates, isn't the five-star gem he's quite capable of recording, but it's more substantial than 90% of the instrumental pop that NAC stations were playing at the time. Love Letters' greatest flaw lies in the production--Veasley and Richard Walters III tend to overproduce, and it's regrettable that a musician of Veasley's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
On his Heads Up recordings of the 1990s, Gerald Veasley set out to have his cake and eat it too--he wanted to record melodic, accessible pop-jazz that had commercial appeal and didn't frighten away NAC radio stations, but he also wanted to record music that had some substance. And up to a point, he was successful. Love Letters, like his previous Heads Up dates, isn't the five-star gem he's quite capable of recording, but it's more substantial than 90% of the instrumental pop that NAC stations were playing at the time. Love Letters' greatest flaw lies in the production--Veasley and Richard Walters III tend to overproduce, and it's regrettable that a musician of Veasley's caliber doesn't have more room to stretch out and improvise. Nonetheless, the Philadelphian does get in some worthwhile solos here and there, and the sleek melodies he wrote are generally relaxing without being dull or mind-numbing. Although not remarkable, Love Letters is a decent collection of mood music--the thing is that a musician who's capable of winning over the notoriously demanding Joe Zawinul should be recording albums that are outstanding instead of simply decent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361305222
  • Catalog Number: 3052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Facing West (4:06)
  2. 2 Optimistic (4:42)
  3. 3 Valdez In The Country (4:32)
  4. 4 Spirit Walk (3:34)
  5. 5 Hypnotize (4:41)
  6. 6 Reachin' Out (4:15)
  7. 7 Everblue (4:41)
  8. 8 Love Letter (4:14)
  9. 9 Be Sweet - Bill Jolly (4:49)
  10. 10 Wish You Were Here (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerald Veasley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, 6-string bass
Michael Aharon Piano
John Anthony Cymbals, Caxixi
Pablo Batista Percussion
Fred Cooper Guitar
Christopher Farr Soprano Saxophone
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs Percussion
Bill Jolly Drums, Keyboards
Ron Kerber Alto Saxophone
Eric Marienthal Alto Saxophone
Chieli Minucci Guitar, Keyboards
Richard Lee Steacker Guitar
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone
Leslie Burrs Alto Flute
Mark Knox Keyboards
Richard Waller III Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Stephan Maass Percussion
Technical Credits
Gerald Veasley Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
John Anthony Engineer
Melvin Davis Engineer
Bill Jolly rhythm arrangement
Dave Love Executive Producer
Chieli Minucci drum programming
Mark Knox Engineer, String Arrangements, keyboard arrangements
Richard Waller III Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Lou Hemsey Mastering
David Newsom Producer, Enhanced CD Audio Creation
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