Night on the Town

Night on the Town

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by Eric Darius
     
 

Sneer if you must, but the simple fact is that smooth jazz hath charms to soothe the savage beast (if not the snobby music critic). At its best, it can offer the perfect combination of velvety, cake-like sonic textures, sweet melodicism and sturdy funk beats. If you're looking for flights of virtuosic improvisatory fancy, you'll want to consult See more details below

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Sneer if you must, but the simple fact is that smooth jazz hath charms to soothe the savage beast (if not the snobby music critic). At its best, it can offer the perfect combination of velvety, cake-like sonic textures, sweet melodicism and sturdy funk beats. If you're looking for flights of virtuosic improvisatory fancy, you'll want to consult the Young Lions or dig into your old vinyl collection, but let's be honest: the average listener cares less about the solos than about the mood and the melodies, and smooth jazz provides both in spades. Saxophone wunderkind Eric Darius (just 21-years-old and still a college student) cites Earth, Wind & Fire, Jeff Lorber and Stevie Wonder as major influences, which will give you some idea what to expect here: soulful grooves, expert arrangements and a general approach that is maybe just a bit too professional. The funky title track is especially attractive, though, and "In the Pocket" is built on a nicely strutting rhythm over which Darius bounces and weaves with effortless grace. The world could probably have waited a while longer for yet another cover of "Love TKO," but this is a fine album overall.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724357675826
catalogNumber:
76758
Rank:
83748

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Darius   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Navarro   Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Soloist
Gary Grainger   Electric Bass,Soloist,Tenor Bass
Jay Rowe   Keyboards
Chris Taylor   Guitar
Michael Crain   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Andre Webb   Drums
Kevin Prince   Percussion
Todd Cory   Background Vocals
Robert "Wah Wah" LeGrand   Guitar

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
Ken Navarro   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Mastering,Audio Production,Percussion Programming
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Cecil Womack   Composer
Linda Womack   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Michael Crain   Engineer,drum programming
Eric Darius   Composer,Liner Notes
Eddie Gip Noble   Composer

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