Matador [2 CD]

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Native Language
  • UPC: 014062094822
  • Catalog Number: 948

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lickety-Split (4:28)
  2. 2 Spain (5:49)
  3. 3 Gospel Brunch (5:00)
  4. 4 Turn Down the Night (7:32)
  5. 5 Quisiera Ser (4:55)
  6. 6 Matador (4:37)
  7. 7 Después de Mañana (4:59)
  8. 8 Rhapsody for Priapus (4:02)
  9. 9 Suburban Safari (4:42)
  10. 10 Soldier's Lullaby (7:33)
  11. 11 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (6:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Last Song (5:28)
  2. 2 Cruise Control (4:24)
  3. 3 Stride - Jeff Kashiwa (4:20)
  4. 4 Westside - Theo Bishop (4:02)
  5. 5 My Shining Hour - Sara Gazarek (3:13)
  6. 6 Kay Marie - Adam Niewood (5:03)
  7. 7 Inside Out - Dan Siegel (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Turning Point Primary Artist
Turning Point Indexed Contributor
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
Chick Corea Composer
Tom McCauley Producer, Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Dan Siegel Programming, Horn Arrangements
Chris Bellman Mastering
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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