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Nightshift
     

Nightshift

by Gregg Karukas
 
It may have seemed presumptuous for Gregg Karukas to call one of his most popular recordings You'll Know It's Me in 1995, but back then his sugary, ultra-melodic, kick-back-with-a-dash-of-funk keyboard style was truly identifiable from the first few notes of any song. Since then, however, he's pushed the rhythmic and stylistic envelope in so many exciting new

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It may have seemed presumptuous for Gregg Karukas to call one of his most popular recordings You'll Know It's Me in 1995, but back then his sugary, ultra-melodic, kick-back-with-a-dash-of-funk keyboard style was truly identifiable from the first few notes of any song. Since then, however, he's pushed the rhythmic and stylistic envelope in so many exciting new directions that the Karukas of 2000 isn't quite the same guy; 1998's Blue Touch lived up to its title by going in what he calls a "bluesy, funky, greasy, and organic" direction, and his NCoded debut, Nightshift -- named, like his 1987 debut, The Nightowl, after his propensity to work vampire-like in his studio all night -- moves even further in that direction. His melodies are still as instantly hummable as ever, but he varies their surroundings to include Crusaders-inspired retro-soul elements, snazzy horn sections, and more Latin and Brazilian percussion patterns than ever before. As always, Karukas chose to work with sidemen whom he feels a magical musical rapport with. Pat Kelley's snappy, high-tone electric guitar blends perfectly with Karukas' own upper-registering melodic dabblings on "Chasing the Wind," while Michael O'Neill's gritty wah-wah clicks prove the perfect foil for Karukas' soulful Fender Rhodes (combined with Jim Reid's sly alto) on the brooding "Silent Promise." O'Neill offers the same punchy retro sizzle on the jamming "Club Hopping." Karukas trades off a light-hearted synth vibes melody with a Rhodes solo and an acoustic piano interlude on "My Favorite Season," and Paul Jackson, Jr.'s subtle rhythm guitar jangling is perfect for the Polyanna-ish cheer the tune conveys; Dino Soldo's robust tenor fits the growing emotional energy as well. Karukas pays homage to one of his greatest influences on the silky electric piano ballad "Stevie (Wonderful)," and Soldo is right there with the perfect lazy chromatic harmonica solo. And when the keyboardist needs crazed Brazilian jungle effects on the percussive, brass-tinged "Small World," who else could he call but Luis Conte. Karukas has always been hit and miss in the vocal tune department, but his pairing with new labelmate Jonathan Butler on the floating textures of "Time Could Pass" is perfect.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Encoded Music
UPC:
0026656421228
catalogNumber:
4212

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Performance Credits

Gregg Karukas   Primary Artist,Bass,Electric Piano
Ron Boustead   Background Vocals
Pat Kelley   Guitar
David Lasley   Vocals
Ricardo Silveira   8-string Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Gary Grainger   Bass
Ray Griffin   Drums
Allen Hinds   Electric Guitar,wah wah guitar,Fills
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Keith Jones   Bass
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Nick Lane   Trombone
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Michael O'Neill   Guitar
Dino Soldo   Saxophone,Chromatic Harmonica
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Jim Reid   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ron Boustead   Composer
Gregg Karukas   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Brandon Fields   Horn Arrangements

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