Plastic Temptation

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Uri Caine is known for his willingness to combine jazz and Euro-classical music, and the Philadelphia-born pianist/arranger has often done so with highly imaginative results. But a different side of Caine asserts itself on Plastic Temptation, which doesn't sound anything at all like his jazz-meets-classical experiments. This 2009 recording finds Caine playing electric keyboards exclusively (no acoustic piano this time) and operating as part of Bedrock, a group that also includes bassist/guitarist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Zach Danziger -- and Bedrock's work is as funky as it is unpredictable. But anyone hoping to pin Bedrock down stylistically is out of luck, because ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Uri Caine is known for his willingness to combine jazz and Euro-classical music, and the Philadelphia-born pianist/arranger has often done so with highly imaginative results. But a different side of Caine asserts itself on Plastic Temptation, which doesn't sound anything at all like his jazz-meets-classical experiments. This 2009 recording finds Caine playing electric keyboards exclusively (no acoustic piano this time) and operating as part of Bedrock, a group that also includes bassist/guitarist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Zach Danziger -- and Bedrock's work is as funky as it is unpredictable. But anyone hoping to pin Bedrock down stylistically is out of luck, because Plastic Temptation is all over the place in terms of styles. The most convenient way to describe this hard to categorize effort is probably "instrumental fusion meets vocal soul/funk meets electronica." Some of the instrumentals recall '70s-era Miles Davis, but without any trumpet playing; "Noid" and the title track are tunes that would not have been out of place on Davis' Agharta or On the Corner albums. But when the gritty singer Barbara Walker (also from Philly) is featured on "Roll with It," "Work It Out," and "Till You Come Back to Me," Plastic Temptation takes a '70s-minded soul/funk turn along the lines of Rufus & Chaka Khan and New Birth. Walker is also featured on the Brazilian-flavored "Lemonada Vasconcelos," which isn't unlike something Flora Purim would do with Airto Moreira. And abrasive, dissonant electronica offerings such as "Riled Up" and "Ink Bladder" are best described as techno. But as eclectic and far-reaching as Plastic Temptation is, Caine and his associates never sound confused or unfocused. In fact, the 61-minute CD is admirably cohesive. Plastic Temptation will come as a surprise to those who associate Caine with jazz-minded interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach, but it's an exciting journey if one is open to hearing a totally different side of the risk-taking musician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091016129
  • Catalog Number: 161
  • Sales rank: 160,139

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Tim Lefebvre (1:51)
  2. 2 Prelude For Sheldon - Tim Lefebvre (2:41)
  3. 3 Noid - Tim Lefebvre (4:36)
  4. 4 Roll With It - Tim Lefebvre (4:47)
  5. 5 Duke Countdown - Tim Lefebvre (0:29)
  6. 6 Count Duke - Mocean Worker (3:52)
  7. 7 Riled Up - Tim Lefebvre (4:23)
  8. 8 Till You Come Back To Me - Tim Lefebvre (5:53)
  9. 9 Plastic Temptation - Tim Lefebvre (4:39)
  10. 10 Seven Year Glitch - Tim Lefebvre (1:58)
  11. 11 Work It Out - Tim Lefebvre (4:29)
  12. 12 Mayor Goldie - Tim Lefebvre (6:00)
  13. 13 Victrola - Tim Lefebvre (2:14)
  14. 14 Lemonana Vasconcelos - Tim Lefebvre (4:27)
  15. 15 Ink Bladder - Tim Lefebvre (2:22)
  16. 16 Lunchmeat Concerto In Eb Minor - Tim Lefebvre (1:18)
  17. 17 Garcia - Tim Lefebvre (2:11)
  18. 18 Organ Thunder - Tim Lefebvre (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uri Caine Primary Artist, Keyboards
Zach Danziger Drums
Barbara Walker Vocals
Tim Lefebvre Bass, Guitar
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker Percussion
Technical Credits
Uri Caine Composer, Producer
Zach Danziger Composer, Producer
Barbara Walker Composer, Lyricist
Tim Lefebvre Composer
Mocean Worker Composer, Producer
Hugh Pool Engineer
Mariko Takahashi Executive Producer
Jan Caine Artwork
Stefan Winter Executive Producer
Adrian von Ripka Mastering
Andrew Sterling Cannon Composer, Lyricist
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