Picasso Blue

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Numerous smooth jazz-oriented artists Dan Siegel, Rick Braun, Everette Harp are familiar with or have been trained in the straight-ahead jazz tradition but rarely put any of that color in their commercial projects; conventional industry wisdom dictates focusing on one genre at a time. Perhaps because he's always been on indie labels, pianist Chris Ho doesn't feel the need to have it one way or another. On his stylistically scattered but happily so Picasso Blue Rhombus, he not only goes both smooth and traditional but also delves into light samba territory and funky blues. The opening track, "Bliss," finds Ho's ivories dancing lightly over an easy, swaying Brazilian ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Numerous smooth jazz-oriented artists Dan Siegel, Rick Braun, Everette Harp are familiar with or have been trained in the straight-ahead jazz tradition but rarely put any of that color in their commercial projects; conventional industry wisdom dictates focusing on one genre at a time. Perhaps because he's always been on indie labels, pianist Chris Ho doesn't feel the need to have it one way or another. On his stylistically scattered but happily so Picasso Blue Rhombus, he not only goes both smooth and traditional but also delves into light samba territory and funky blues. The opening track, "Bliss," finds Ho's ivories dancing lightly over an easy, swaying Brazilian flavor, with Wayne Wayne providing a smoky Stan Getz-like energy. The title track throbs along a seductive bluesy path, with Wayne honking heatedly over Matt Van Besnschoten's winding basslines before Ho takes over with an elegant solo -- all over a simmering Hammond B-3 harmony line. "Women in Art" is the one true smooth jazz track, a simple, melodic light-funk piano-sax statement with an artsy twist: Just as we're getting comfy in the middle of the road, Karen Briggs' feisty, percussive violin chimes in with a provocative solo. The rest of the time, Ho is either waxing eloquently "Arirang" or jamming on some funky bebop-influenced tunes with his quartet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Merrimack
  • UPC: 790861101526
  • Catalog Number: 11015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bliss (5:10)
  2. 2 Picasso Blue (4:35)
  3. 3 Women in Art (4:29)
  4. 4 28 (6:41)
  5. 5 Arirang (3:07)
  6. 6 Afterthought (5:56)
  7. 7 Nuance (7:13)
  8. 8 Primal Call (3:26)
  9. 9 Glass Is Half Full Blues (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Ho Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Tony Lewis Drums
Karen Briggs Violin
Ralph Penland Drums
Wayne Wayne Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gary Wing Percussion, Drums
Dan Potruch Drums
Dr. Matt Bass
David Renick Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Rudy Guess Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Christopher Ho Producer, Concept, Cover Art
Chris Ho Producer
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