Moods and Grooves

Moods and Grooves

by Steven Kowalczyk
     
 
The obscure jazz-pop singer Steven Kowalczyk made his recording debut with Moods and Grooves, a competent, if uneven, effort that was co-produced by Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun. Although this CD isn't fantastic and didn't go very far commercially, it has its moments and is decent more often than not. The album's least memorable

Overview

The obscure jazz-pop singer Steven Kowalczyk made his recording debut with Moods and Grooves, a competent, if uneven, effort that was co-produced by Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun. Although this CD isn't fantastic and didn't go very far commercially, it has its moments and is decent more often than not. The album's least memorable offerings include the adult contemporary tune "Old" and the uptempo "Mean Alligator," which is much too cliched for its own good. But other selections indicated that Kowalczyk had possibilities. Influenced by early Chet Baker, he shows himself to be a likable crooner on the moody "Grow Another Garden" and the standard "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (which is the only song on Moods and Grooves that Kowalczyk didn't write himself). Meanwhile, one hears some Mark Murphy influence on more uptempo numbers like "Mr. Personality" (a clever put-down of an ultra-pretentious Tinseltown resident) and "Vampire," although Kowalczyk isn't nearly as adventurous or daring as Murphy. Again, Moods and Grooves isn't a gem, but it indicated that Kowalczyk had potential and was worth keeping an eye on.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/1995
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678281723
catalogNumber:
82817

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Kowalczyk   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Broadbent   Piano
John Patitucci   Bass
Nino Tempo   Tenor Saxophone
Kate McGarry   Background Vocals
Herb Besson   Horn Section
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Ray Brinker   Drums
Shane Keister   Piano,Hammond Organ,Synclavier
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Aaron Heick   Horn Section
Dean Parks   Guitar
Joe Porcaro   Percussion,Vibes
Emil Richards   Percussion,Vibes
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Vega Carlos   Drums
Greg Wells   Piano
Chuck Delmonico   Bass
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jim "Hype" Heinz   Horn Section
Danny Wolensky   Horn Section

Technical Credits

Bob Cadway   Engineer
Shane Keister   Arranger,Producer
Suzanne Dyer   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Butch Jones   Engineer
Patrick MacDougall   Engineer
Brian Malouf   Engineer
Steven Kowalczyk   Arranger
Noel Hazen   Engineer
John Coding   Art Direction
David Voigt   Engineer
John Angelini   Engineer
Jerry Volkerz   Engineer

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