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Noche de Pasion
     

Noche de Pasion

by Alan Hewitt
 
Smooth jazz has often been the whipping boy of the jazz press, and in many cases -- not all, but many -- the whippings are completely justified. It's true that some of the critics who cover jazz are rigid, dogmatic, bop snobs who are stuck in the '50s and wouldn't know Eddie Harris from Eddie Vedder or

Overview

Smooth jazz has often been the whipping boy of the jazz press, and in many cases -- not all, but many -- the whippings are completely justified. It's true that some of the critics who cover jazz are rigid, dogmatic, bop snobs who are stuck in the '50s and wouldn't know Eddie Harris from Eddie Vedder or Pat Metheny from Pat Travers; that said, one needn't be a jazz purist or a bop snob to realize that today's smooth jazz/NAC stations have incredibly low standards--and that a lot of 21st century smooth jazz doesn't hold a candle to the meatier, more substantial grooves that Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Lonnie Liston Smith, the Crusaders, Gato Barbieri, and Ronnie Laws provided in the '70s. A lot of today's smooth jazz is simply terrible, but this smooth jazz CD isn't terrible -- only inconsequential and erratic. Actually, some of the tracks that producer/composer Alan Hewitt wrote for Noche de Pasion are fairly likable. The mildly funky "Viva la Noche" has a bit of a nuevo flamenco flavor, while the title track offers a sexy, alluring melody that is somewhere between Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Barbieri's more commercial offerings. And guest Jonathan Butler's George Benson-ish contributions to "Sweet Thing" are also noteworthy. Unfortunately, this 2004 release also has its share of weak, forgettable tracks; quite often, Hewitt is more than happy to emulate the Kenny G/Dave Koz/Najee crowd and give us saccharine, faceless elevator music. Again, Noche de Pasion isn't a total meltdown -- there are some decent tracks here and there -- but Hewitt, like so many of the folks playing smooth jazz, is capable of much more.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
215 Records
UPC:
0898841000019
catalogNumber:
2001

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Performance Credits

Alan Hewitt   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Drums
Jonathan Butler   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Sheilah Chambers   Vocals
John DeFaria   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Steve Madaio   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Muted Trumpet
Gerald Spikes   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Lington   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Mindi Abair   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
John Spikes   Guitar
Euge Groove   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Shea Chambers   Vocals

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Composer
Jonathan Butler   Composer,Producer,drum programming
David Chackler   Executive Producer
Paul Klingberg   Producer,Audio Production
Alan Hewitt   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Joel Nakamura   Illustrations

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