Lovelife

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724359044521
  • Catalog Number: 90445

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Am I Gonna Do (5:26)
  2. 2 Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) (3:50)
  3. 3 Lovelife - Macy Gray (4:05)
  4. 4 This Weekend (4:15)
  5. 5 Why Must I (5:05)
  6. 6 Ride, Ride, Ride (4:01)
  7. 7 The World to Me - Ruff Endz (4:10)
  8. 8 Havana Nights (4:37)
  9. 9 Grant Park (4:57)
  10. 10 He Loves Someone (3:57)
  11. 11 What Am I Gonna Do (7:25)
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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
Brian Gardner Mastering
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
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Thicke Composer
Macy Gray Composer
Jaz Jamey Producer
Nelson Jackson Composer
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