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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steven Eugene Grove, aka Euge Groove, made quite a splash with his self-titled debut album in 2000, attracting enough attention to allow him to quit his day job as a saxophonist for hire for people like Tina Turner. His second smooth jazz release, Play Date, is more of the same and will please the same constituency of casual jazz fans and light FM stations. Again working closely with producer Paul Brown yet producing many of the tracks themselves this time, Grove and his writing partner, Michael Egizi, come up with percolating synthesized and programmed rhythm tracks over which Grove solos melodically. Nothing to write home about in that, of course, except that they ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steven Eugene Grove, aka Euge Groove, made quite a splash with his self-titled debut album in 2000, attracting enough attention to allow him to quit his day job as a saxophonist for hire for people like Tina Turner. His second smooth jazz release, Play Date, is more of the same and will please the same constituency of casual jazz fans and light FM stations. Again working closely with producer Paul Brown yet producing many of the tracks themselves this time, Grove and his writing partner, Michael Egizi, come up with percolating synthesized and programmed rhythm tracks over which Grove solos melodically. Nothing to write home about in that, of course, except that they vary the formula just a little on just about every track. On "From the Top," Chester Thompson contributes some tasty Hammond B-3 playing; the slow-tempo "Gonna B Alright" gives way to a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" that employs enough familiar elements from the original arrangement to recall it without replicating it; "Love Me," the obligatory vocal number, has a sexy chorus sung by Stacy Campbell; "Belle Maria" features Peter White, who adds Spanish guitar, creating a different feel; Grove switches from tenor to soprano on the title tune; and "With You I'd Believe," featuring some delicate acoustic and electric guitar work from Dean Parks, and on which Grove plays alto, has an attractive melody that is crying out for a lyric to turn it into an adult contemporary hit. The varying tones of the disc make for an enjoyable listening experience whether one is paying close attention or not, which is a key to successful smooth jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624800729
  • Catalog Number: 48007
  • Sales rank: 13,577

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slam Dunk (3:48)
  2. 2 From the Top (5:52)
  3. 3 Gonna B Alright (4:33)
  4. 4 Let's Get It On (4:40)
  5. 5 Rewind (4:37)
  6. 6 Love Me (4:40)
  7. 7 Hide and Seek (4:21)
  8. 8 Belle Maria (4:23)
  9. 9 Playdate (5:53)
  10. 10 With You I'd Believe (5:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Euge Groove Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Ravel fender rhodes
Peter White Guitar
Alex Al Bass, Electric Bass
Stacy Campbell Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Michael Egizi fender rhodes, Pianette
Jerry Hey Strings
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Herman Jackson Organ, Synthesizer, Electric Piano, Wurlitzer
Larry Kimpel Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Tony Maiden Guitar
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Portmann Keyboards
Teddy Campbell Drums
David Kahlid Woods Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
Paul Brown Arranger, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Michael Egizi Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Jerry Hey Synthesizer Arrangements
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Mark Portmann Arranger, Programming
Ed Townsend Composer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Katherine Delaney Art Direction
Euge Groove Arranger, Producer
Ryan Castle Engineer
David Kahlid Woods Arranger, Programming, drum programming
Ai Fujisaki Engineer
Edward Townsend Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    Euge's second album is as GREAT as his first one. His version of Marvin Gage's song ''Lets get in on'' is fabulous. Overall the album is GOOD! ---Consuelo Esparza, Covina, CA

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