Odyssey

Odyssey

by Michael Martin
     
 
The average record buyer might be more motivated by the small collection of heavyweight names that producer/composer Joe Melnikas rounded up for this album than they may be for the singing headliner. But ultimately, the record has to stand or fall on the shoulders of Martin, who has a pleasant tenor voice but not much unusual interpretive

Overview

The average record buyer might be more motivated by the small collection of heavyweight names that producer/composer Joe Melnikas rounded up for this album than they may be for the singing headliner. But ultimately, the record has to stand or fall on the shoulders of Martin, who has a pleasant tenor voice but not much unusual interpretive insight or charisma - and Melnikas, whose collection of tunes and collaborations occasionally reach the point of distinction. Those points include "Autumn Leaves" - not the one you know, but a lovely, conga-accented Melnikas tune with some very attractive flute work by classical/jazz player Danilo Lozano - and the soca-styled "Bip Bam Bou." Otherwise ... there are always the famous guests to fall back upon. "Waiting For Godot" and "Aya" have three members of the Laws family singers Debra and Eloise (who also appear on several other tracks) and flutist Hubert * and a fourth, tenor player Ronnie, shows up in suavely funky form on "Talk To Me." Freddie Hubbard makes a restrained, pithy appearance on the strutting "Park Avenue West," but is in some audible trouble on "Moulin Rouge." And Wilton Felder is clearly having a good time on "Bip Bam Bou."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
Label:
Merrimack
UPC:
0790086101059
catalogNumber:
10105
Rank:
274112

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Guerrero   Flugelhorn
Ronnie Laws   Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mullins   Keyboards
Michael Powers   Guitar
Dwight Dickerson   Piano
Debra Laws   Vocals
Eloise Laws   Background Vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Danilo Lozano   Flute
Mike O'Neil   Guitar
Ralph Penland   Drums
Simeon Pillich   Bass
Greg Vail   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Ballesteros   Drums
Ricardo Estrada   Percussion
David Carpenter   Bass
Robin Dimaggio   Percussion

Technical Credits

Erroll Garner   Composer
Tony Guerrero   Liner Notes
Rob Mullins   Arranger
Eloise Laws   Liner Notes
Chris Brooks   Engineer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Mike Foss   Engineer
James Mooney   Engineer
Ralph Penland   Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Read   Engineer

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