Nightlife

Nightlife

by Paul Taylor
     
 
It's smooth sailing for saxophonist Paul Taylor on his sixth album of new material, a worthy successor to his fifth, Steppin' Out (2003), which hit the Top Ten of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. But one could just as easily employ another aquatic cliché and say he's treading water here. As usual, Taylor turns to several writer/programmer/producers to

Overview

It's smooth sailing for saxophonist Paul Taylor on his sixth album of new material, a worthy successor to his fifth, Steppin' Out (2003), which hit the Top Ten of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. But one could just as easily employ another aquatic cliché and say he's treading water here. As usual, Taylor turns to several writer/programmer/producers to construct largely synthesized backing tracks for him: Rex Rideout is responsible for "Nightlife," "Anything You Say," and "After Hours"; Barry J. Eastmond for "East Bay Bounce," "Around the Corner," "Candlelight," and "Silk 'n' Lace"; and Dino Esposito for "Enjoy the Ride," the cover of the Force M.D.'s' 1986 hit "Tender Love" (written by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis), "Don't Wait Up," and "Things Left Unsaid." Taylor takes co-writing credits for laying his melodic sax work over the top, often double-tracking and overdubbing countermelodies. There are occasional other real musicians, particularly guitarists (Dwight Sills, "Jubu" Smith, Brian Monroney, Phil Hamilton), but the emphasis in the music is between Taylor's lines and the electronic rhythm textures for the most part. (Hamilton has some nice Spanish guitar work on the Latin-tinged "Silk 'n' Lace.") The de rigueur vocal track (always included as a sop to radio) is, of course, "Tender Love," which features Maxi Priest, although Lauren Evans also adds some ghostly singing to "Anything You Say." Taylor plays more alto than usual (the balance is six alto tunes to five featuring soprano sax), but since he is often in the high register anyway, there isn't that much difference. Nightlife no doubt will please fans who have enjoyed previous Taylor efforts and those who appreciate smooth jazz in general.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0013431852827
catalogNumber:
8528
Rank:
87866

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Taylor   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Maxi Priest   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Alex Al   Bass
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Barry J. Eastmond   Percussion,Keyboards
Walt Fowler   Flugelhorn
Ronald Jenkins   Bass
Nick Lane   Trombone
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
John Jubu Smith   Guitar
Michael White   Percussion,Drums
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Bass
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Dino Esposito   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Lauren Evans   Vocals
Sarah Devine   Background Vocals
Alex Evans   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Bardani   Engineer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Bill Esses   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Paul Taylor   Composer
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
James Harris   Composer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Robert E. Brown   Engineer
Dino Esposito   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production,Bass Programming
Lauren Evans   Composer
Russ Freeman   Executive Producer

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