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Lovelife
     

Lovelife

by Jimmy Sommers
 
Lovelife, the title of Jimmy Sommers' second recording on his own label, Gemini Records, under license to Higher Octave Jazz, has obvious romantic connotations fitting for a saxman who made People magazine's list of Top 50 Bachelors in 2002. Yet that wasn't the concept on his mind when he named the recording after the throbbing retro-funk tune he co-wrote with

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Lovelife, the title of Jimmy Sommers' second recording on his own label, Gemini Records, under license to Higher Octave Jazz, has obvious romantic connotations fitting for a saxman who made People magazine's list of Top 50 Bachelors in 2002. Yet that wasn't the concept on his mind when he named the recording after the throbbing retro-funk tune he co-wrote with eccentric, raspy voiced soul-rock superstar Macy Gray. It's about his intense day-to-day passion for making music and living to the fullest. With the smooth jazz/urban adult contemporary success of his 2001 hit 360 Urban Groove, who could blame him? The accent here is on thump, groove, and irresistibly soulful melodies most of the time, with a few softer romantic moments that hint at some deeper introspection. Last time out, he had a hit with Boz Scaggs' "Lowdown," and he mines another chestnut from that era in Kool & the Gang's "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)," which swings heavily under Sommers' rich sax textures. He invites some other soul celebs to the studio, most notably Rahsaan Patterson, who sings the catchy opener, "What Am I Gonna Do." Yet the most notable and interesting collaboration is the passionate romance "Why Must I," which blends his horn textures around Chris Botti's trademark sly trumpet harmonies. The rest of the time, he's either rolling high and funky ("Ride Ride Ride," "Havana Nights") or staying up late, candlelight glowing in the distance, exchanging night rhythms with his dance partner ("Grant Park").

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724359044521
catalogNumber:
90445

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Sommers   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Tim Heintz   Strings
Alex Al   Bass
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Jeff Carruthers   Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Steve Dubin   Drums
Herman Jackson   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Tony Maiden   Guitar
John Menzano   Bass
Peter Mokran   Guitar,Drums
Rahsaan Patterson   Vocals
Sharlotte Gibson   Vocals
Tommy Organ   Guitar
Corey Rooney   Drums,Keyboards
Michael Norfleet   Keyboards
Macy Gray   Vocals
Ruff Endz   Vocals
Demonté Posey   Keyboards
John Roberts   Drums
Jaz Jamey   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Dawn Belgraze   Background Vocals
Joel Bowers   Vocals
Tara Ellis   Vocals
Nelson Jackson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Deodato   Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Steve Dubin   Composer,Producer
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Peter Mokran   Composer,Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Dan Shea   Composer
Tony Flores   Engineer
Rahsaan Patterson   Composer,Producer
Corey Rooney   Composer
Jimmy Sommers   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Thicke   Composer
Macy Gray   Composer
Jaz Jamey   Producer
Nelson Jackson   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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