Playin' Favorites

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
For his tenth full-length album, Playin' Favourites, British smooth jazz giant Peter White decided to, as the title suggests, turn to some of his favorite tracks from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, giving each of them his own interpretation (he did a similar thing in 1994's Reflections). Working with longtime producer Paul Brown, as well as musicians Boney James, Rick Braun, and Dave Camp, among others, White successfully turns the 11 songs on Playin' Favourites into instant crossover jazz hits. Mainly this means adding horns and keyboards to the background while the guitarist lithely moves around from the melody into lush improvisationally based solos, rendering them much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
For his tenth full-length album, Playin' Favourites, British smooth jazz giant Peter White decided to, as the title suggests, turn to some of his favorite tracks from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, giving each of them his own interpretation (he did a similar thing in 1994's Reflections). Working with longtime producer Paul Brown, as well as musicians Boney James, Rick Braun, and Dave Camp, among others, White successfully turns the 11 songs on Playin' Favourites into instant crossover jazz hits. Mainly this means adding horns and keyboards to the background while the guitarist lithely moves around from the melody into lush improvisationally based solos, rendering them much slicker and smoother than they were before (although granted, he didn't have to do much to turn Bacharach's James Bond classic "The Look of Love" into something so adult contemporary). For many of the songs White chooses, the arrangements, albeit a bit sugary, transfer well, and create very soothing, clean pieces of music that could be used in any setting where being inoffensively unmemorable is a priority. But for his version of "Hit the Road Jack," though he uses just his guitar, an upright bass, some finger-snapping, and a male vocal quartet in an attempt to sound bluesy, he still loses a lot of the urgency and instinct that made Ray Charles' rendition so affecting and great. By moving from the soul and emotion of the late pianist and singer towards something more universally "palatable," White ends up not properly respecting the contributions and innovations Ray Charles brought to music, which is unfortunate, because honoring his idols was most assuredly his purpose in making this album. The record's not a failure by any stretch: there's still plenty of smooth jazz to carry the audience through the quiet hours of the day, but because Playin' Favourites is a cover album, and it doesn't do all of the songs included on it quite enough justice, it ends up falling a little short.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969499221
  • Catalog Number: 94992
  • Sales rank: 4,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (4:02)
  2. 2 The Look of Love (4:18)
  3. 3 Déjá Vu (4:29)
  4. 4 Mister Magic (3:39)
  5. 5 Lovely Day (4:14)
  6. 6 Crazy Love (3:44)
  7. 7 Sunny (4:03)
  8. 8 For the Love of You (5:11)
  9. 9 Hit the Road Jack (2:33)
  10. 10 You Are Everything (4:22)
  11. 11 One on One (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter White Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jonathan Butler Vocals
Richard Elliot Saxophone
Bob James fender rhodes
Sam Riney Saxophone
Kiki Ebsen Vocals
Boney James Saxophone
Rick Braun Trumpet
Jeff Carruthers Bass, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Chuck Cymone Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins Flute, Saxophone
Herman Jackson Keyboards
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Jeffrey Osborne Vocals
Roberto Vally Bass, Background Vocals
Ramon Yslas Percussion
Don Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
The Bill Harris Quintet Saxophone
Paul Rayner-Brown Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals, wah wah guitar
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Ernie Isley Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Peter White Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Daryl Hall Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Adrienne Anderson Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Paul Brown Audio Production
Vernon Bullock Composer
Jeff Carruthers Arranger
Chuck Cymone Arranger
Hal David Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Kelly Isley Composer
Marvin Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Stewart Lerman Engineer
Van Morrison Composer
William Salter Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Don Harris Horn Arrangements
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Chris Bellman Mastering
Paul Rayner-Brown Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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