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Seven Hills
     

Seven Hills

by Tony Gable & 206
 
Ask most music aficionados for their take on the "Seattle Sound, " and they'll offer murky images of grunge, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Kurt Cobain. But with their self-titled 1993 debut, Tony Gable & 206 created an infectious, soulful yet

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Ask most music aficionados for their take on the "Seattle Sound, " and they'll offer murky images of grunge, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Kurt Cobain. But with their self-titled 1993 debut, Tony Gable & 206 created an infectious, soulful yet lighthearted "alternative to alternative, " reaching out from the Pacific Northwest and into the Top 5 of all New Adult Contemporary airplay charts nationwide. Gable, who gained world-wide fame and exposure adding exotic textures to the touring and recording bands of superstar saxman Kenny G, once again gathers some of the city's brightest jazz players (many of whom also played with the G-man) for the spirited and eclectic Seven Hills, which captures the positive aspects of the West Coast cool in a vibe that gives new meaning to the term "ensemble action." "Live" and "smooth" are the operative words as the collection winds through numerous variations of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, keeping melody and playfulness foremost in mind. The sonic fusion jumps out immediately on the opening gem "Rob's Groove," which features a trademark, funky Lorberesque groove complemented by Raymond's snappy electric guitar, while the funk eases into bluesy and even Latin territory on the fiery "Jet City," with standout keyboardist Ben Fleck and tenor saxman Darren Motamedy holding court over Gable's congas. "Luna Park" keeps the Latin beat alive with a throbbing drive time riff. The general romance meets rhythm vibe of the disc is typified by "The Best of Times," which begins drenched in cool and ends up like an angry rocking dragon. A harmonic cover of "How Long," sung Take 6 style by labelmates 2nd Nature, adds an appealing texture as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/1996
Label:
Heads Up
UPC:
0053361303129
catalogNumber:
3031

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Performance Credits

Tony Gable & 206   Primary Artist
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer,Piano
Jay Thomas   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Divyam Ambodha   Keyboards
Manuel Carrillo   Keyboards
Robert Damper   Keyboards
Tony Gable   Percussion,Chimes,Conga,Tambourine,Timbales,Triangle,Rainstick,Shaker,cowbell,Guiro,Wood Block,Udu,Bell-tree
John Goforth   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Vail Johnson   Bass
Charles Jones   Guitar
Patrick Lamb   Alto Saxophone
Glen Lorbiecki   Guitar
Larry Mills   Bass,Keyboards
Dean Mochizuki   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,EWI
Andre Montague   Vocals,Background Vocals
Darren Motamedy   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Powell   Percussion,Shekere,cowbell
Chad Quist   Guitar,Keyboards
John Raymond   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Douglas Barnett   Bass
Second Nature   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Booker   Background Vocals
Deems Tzutakawa   Piano
Matt Shaw   Trombone
Michael E. Williams   Background Vocals
Ben Fleck   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Darnell Alexander   Background Vocals
Ray Baldwin   Trumpet
Ben Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Tony Gable   Contributor
Tom Kellock   drum programming
Larry Mills   Producer,drum programming
Ron Powell   Contributor
John Raymond   Producer,drum programming
Eugene Robinson   Executive Producer
Tom Hall   Engineer
WM. Tony Gable   Producer,Art Direction
Glenn Mitsui   Art Direction,Illustrations
Jeffrey Ross   Producer
Matt Shaw   Arranger
Pete Stevens   Contributor
Aaron Wiles   Contributor
Ed Banks   Engineer

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