Rhythm Logic

Rhythm Logic

by Rhythm Logic
     
 
Before even listening to this newly formed foursome, I found myself excited with anticipation; two veteran sidemen who had stunning solo debuts on Noteworthy Records a few years back, keyboardist Brian Simpson and drummer Michael White, were back in the loop. Adding bassist "Smitty" Smith and guitarist

Overview

Before even listening to this newly formed foursome, I found myself excited with anticipation; two veteran sidemen who had stunning solo debuts on Noteworthy Records a few years back, keyboardist Brian Simpson and drummer Michael White, were back in the loop. Adding bassist "Smitty" Smith and guitarist Ron Smith could only make this a soulful, exciting jam, right? And calling the project Rhythm Logic promised a load of funk...no? Well, sorta but not really. Bloated expectations aside, this is a perfectly enjoyable smooth jazz disc, only more smooth and cool than anything overly exciting rhythmically. "Tuesday's Love" features a beautiful Simpson piano melody and a Smith electric guitar solo that becomes increasingly aggressive, but overall the tune is pretty standard middle of the road genre stuff. Ditto the laid back "Full Speed" and the breezy "A Portrait of Passion," which finds Smith playing sweetly on the acoustic--but still with no real jamming intentions. Cover songs are way too easy a maneuver in trying to gain airplay, but sometimes a unique arrangement can spin the familiar in a unique direction. Not so here with overly faithful readings of Donald Fagen's "IGY" (including vocals and horns identical to the original) and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" (likewise). This is the kind of disc that pretty much sums up the basics of smooth jazz without much adventure; everything is technically on target, and the melodies are hardly unengaging. But is it too much to ask musicians of this caliber to challenge us or live up to their clever group name?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Zebra Records
UPC:
0633014401824
catalogNumber:
44018

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhythm Logic   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Group
Dwayne Smith   Bass
Phil Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Liz Hogue   Background Vocals
Maysa   Vocals
Alex Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Vocals
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Brian Kilgore   Percussion
Brian Simpson   Keyboards
Michael White   Drums
Albert Wing   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie White   Percussion
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Ron Smith   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ricky Schultz   Executive Producer
Brian Simpson   Engineer
Michael White   Engineer
Michael White   Engineer
Doug Haverty   Art Direction
Hisao Ebine   Executive Producer
Rhythm Logic   Producer

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