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Matador [2 CD]
     

Matador [2 CD]

by Turning Point
 
One-hundred-and-twenty-degree summer days notwithstanding, Phoenix didn't truly get hot until the mid-90s, when the incendiary five-piece ensemble Turning Point took over the club scene there. Their mix of progressive jazz with rock, R&B, blues, funk, Latin Jazz, and even Greek music influences made them a regional sensation. The bold and aggressive title of their

Overview

One-hundred-and-twenty-degree summer days notwithstanding, Phoenix didn't truly get hot until the mid-90s, when the incendiary five-piece ensemble Turning Point took over the club scene there. Their mix of progressive jazz with rock, R&B, blues, funk, Latin Jazz, and even Greek music influences made them a regional sensation. The bold and aggressive title of their Native Language debut -- and sixth release overall -- Matador, perfectly captures a rockin' band that always has a cut or two that's ripe for smooth jazz formatting (they've opened shows for many of the genre's top names), but truly bursts all easy categorization. The disc's first single was "Quisiera Ser," a crisp and light funk-driven cover of a Latin Grammy-winning song by Spanish superstar Alejandro Sanz, highlighted by guitarist Thano Sahnas' snappy flamenco flair. The Latin influence is also in full effect on "Spain" and "Matador," both electrifying flamenco-rock adventures featuring a fiery horn section and wild, rolling grooves. In addition to featuring a soaring violin solo by guest star Charlie Bisharat, "Spain" also has a touch of the blues blended in via Steve Culp's energetic Rhodes-flavored keyboard solo. Moving in a more tropical direction, "Despues de Mañana" is a joyful island dance number. The Sahnas brothers bring their rich Greek heritage to light on "Rhapsody for Priapus," an ode to the Greek goddess of fertility that cools into a moody romantic mode. On a more poignant note, two of Matador's most heartfelt tracks were inspired by powerful events in the news -- the anthemic, electric guitar-driven pop
ock anthem "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" by the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003, and the multi-movement, seven-and-a-half-minute "Soldier's Lullaby" by the war in Iraq. This type of unpredictability and diversity makes this one of 2005's most essential instrumental recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
Label:
Native Language
UPC:
0014062094822
catalogNumber:
948

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Performance Credits

Turning Point   Primary Artist
Greg Mathieson   Hammond Organ
Alex Al   Zeta Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Drums
Melvin Davis   Bass
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Allen Hinds   Guitar
Dave Hooper   Drums
Jeff Kashiwa   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Nick Lane   Trombone
Ben Perowsky   Drums
Ken Ross   Trumpet
Dan Siegel   Synthesizer,Piano
Steve Culp   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Group Member
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Matt Slocum   Drums
John Herrera   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Joe Sherbanee   Marimbas,Background Vocals
Demitri Sahnas   Bass,Electric Bass,Group Member
Thano Sahnas   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Dave Ryan   Trombone
Matt Brewer   Bass
Theo Bishop   Piano,fender rhodes
Adam Niewood   Tenor Saxophone
Sara Gazarek   Vocals
Josh Nelson   Piano
Dominic Amato   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,EWI,Group Member

Technical Credits

Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Tom McCauley   Producer,Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Dan Siegel   Programming,Horn Arrangements
Steve Culp   Composer
Alejandro Sanchez   Composer
John Herrera   Composer
Joe Sherbanee   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Concept
John Wroble   Assistant Tracking Engineer
Demitri Sahnas   Composer
Thano Sahnas   Composer
Theo Bishop   Programming,Executive Producer
Turning Point   Arranger,Producer
Jennifer Zimmer   Engineer

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