One of These Days

One of These Days

by John Cruz
     
 
It's theoretically a Hawaiian album, by a Hawaiian artist, but John Cruz's sophomore effort opens up with a bang straight out of modern blues. The album-opening title track has a thumping beat, a strong delivery, and a groove built in that'd make Harry Connick jealous. From there, the album moves into slightly more of a Hawaiian mode,

Overview

It's theoretically a Hawaiian album, by a Hawaiian artist, but John Cruz's sophomore effort opens up with a bang straight out of modern blues. The album-opening title track has a thumping beat, a strong delivery, and a groove built in that'd make Harry Connick jealous. From there, the album moves into slightly more of a Hawaiian mode, using as a springboard the R&B of "If That's the Way She Wants It" -- a throwback to some of the early-'90s mainstream sounds, but with a more authentic jam session feel courtesy of Cruz's guitar and backing band. With "Hurricane," the album finally makes its full landing in Hawaiian sounds, with an almost stereotypically island-like delivery. By the time he hits "Hi'ilawe," Cruz has shifted out of English for the lyrics. The album bounces back and forth between contemporary Hawaiian and R&B balladry for the duration, with the exception of another outstandingly strong show of the blues in "Baby's Gone Blues," letting Cruz pull out the electrics for the backing band (as well as a fine lap steel courtesy of Greg Leisz) -- and start shoutin' the way it seems he was meant to do. The mix of styles here can be both a blessing and a curse -- while it could prove a bit incoherent for casual listeners just looking for some nice contemporary Hawaiian, the sheer shows of force in the various styles could leave others wishing for a full album of the blues, or of R&B, or straightforward Hawaiian.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Lilikoi Records
UPC:
0892625001025
catalogNumber:
2
Rank:
73934

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cruz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Contrabass Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
James Gadson   Drums
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Reggie McBride   Electric Bass
Earl McIntyre   Tuba,Euphonium,Sousaphone
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
John Caban   Electric Guitar
Nir Z.   Drums
Bennett Paster   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Eric Lynn   Harmonium
Peter Hernandez   Background Vocals
Jeff Bhasker   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Imua Garza   Background Vocals
Tiffa Garza   Background Vocals
Vincent Chauncey   French Horn
Bennet Paster   Clavinet
Mark Herschler   Guitar (Nylon String)
Mai Bloomfield   Cello

Technical Credits

Michael Grande   Engineer
Jon Kaplan   Engineer
Ernie Cruz   Composer
Jon de Mello   Concept
Bennett Paster   Engineer
Keith Usher   Concept
John Cruz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Keenan   Composer
Artie Rutledge   Audio Production
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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