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Sax Me
     

Sax Me

 
At its best, smooth jazz can be a compelling hybrid between jazz proper and urban R&B, and in its most contemporary form, a bridge between jazz and hip-hop, but unfortunately too often smooth jazz is more smooth than jazz or anything else, and stops just this side of being mood music in an elevator. On Sax Me, the sax solos are as sleek

Overview

At its best, smooth jazz can be a compelling hybrid between jazz proper and urban R&B, and in its most contemporary form, a bridge between jazz and hip-hop, but unfortunately too often smooth jazz is more smooth than jazz or anything else, and stops just this side of being mood music in an elevator. On Sax Me, the sax solos are as sleek as waxed string, but working against rigid synthesized beats and backgrounds, there is none of the call and response interplay between instruments and musicians that allows anything to truly take flight. That said, tracks like Kirk Whalum's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and Euge Groove's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" are engaging, even if they suggest possibilities more than they actually reach for them.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351514127
catalogNumber:
5141
Rank:
278737

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marion Meadows   Soprano Saxophone
Najee   Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Moog Synthesizer,Soloist
Kim Waters   Alto Saxophone,Musician
Alex Al   Bass
Tom Aros   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Wayne Bruce   Guitar
Jeff Carruthers   Guitar,Keyboards
Carl Evans   Keyboards
Kevin Koch   Drums
Chieli Minucci   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Emedin Rivera   Percussion
Bernd Schoenhart   Guitar
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Dana Williams   Vocals
Pamela Williams   Soprano Saxophone
Alfonzo Blackwell   Vocals,Musician
Evan Marks   Guitar
Jerry Brooks   Bass
Marc Portman   Keyboards
John Stoddart   fender rhodes
Chip Shearin   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Melinda Doolittle   Background Vocals
Euge Groove   Soprano Saxophone
Hollis Gentry   Saxophone
Charles Allen Smith   Background Vocals
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Musician
David Andrew Mann   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Marion Meadows   Producer
Najee   Producer,String Arrangements
Kim Waters   Producer,Instrumentation
Chris Jasper   Composer
Jeff Carruthers   Arranger,Programming
Carl Evans   Composer
Chieli Minucci   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Matt Pierson   Producer
Alfonzo Blackwell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Babyface   Composer
Marc Portman   Programming
E. Amelia Rogers   Composer
Chip Shearin   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
J. Colon   Composer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Producer,Instrumentation
David Andrew Mann   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Paul Rayner-Brown   Producer

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