Shake It Up

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Saxophonist Boney James and trumpeter Rick Braun get a nice little party going on SHAKE IT UP. These two smooth jazz regulars are a perfect match -- both know the value of a well-turned funk phrase, and how to milk a deeply felt note for all its worth. They love old school soul jazz and contemprary R&B, albeit onthe lite side. And it's this balance that makes their ego-free collaboration such a joy. Braun gets both a full-blooded tone and a moody Miles Davis-like sound that he exploits with panache throughout, while James gets a hefty, yet, when called for, lithe tone that also shows itself well. Together, they blend beautifull, particularly on the funky ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Saxophonist Boney James and trumpeter Rick Braun get a nice little party going on SHAKE IT UP. These two smooth jazz regulars are a perfect match -- both know the value of a well-turned funk phrase, and how to milk a deeply felt note for all its worth. They love old school soul jazz and contemprary R&B, albeit onthe lite side. And it's this balance that makes their ego-free collaboration such a joy. Braun gets both a full-blooded tone and a moody Miles Davis-like sound that he exploits with panache throughout, while James gets a hefty, yet, when called for, lithe tone that also shows itself well. Together, they blend beautifull, particularly on the funky "R.S.V.P.," "Shake It Up," and "Chain Reaction," tracks that practically cry out, "Radio hit." Two versions of trumpeter Hugh Masekela's 1968 hit "Grazin' in the Grass" --one instrumental, one with guest singers -- get fun workouts here. The instrumental tracks nods slyly at the Masekela side, the vocal track differs substantially from the hit late '60s vocal version by the Friends of Distinction. Undoubtedly, many fans of James and Braun may not even remeber or be aware of either earlier version --may they groove on these updates with a smile on their face and a lilt in their dance steps.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
From Bob James & David Sanborn's Grammy-winning Double Vision to George Benson & Earl Klugh's Collaboration, Warner Brothers has released some of the greatest dual projects in smooth jazz. Rick Braun's signing to the label this year has paved the way for the label's best tandem project yet, pairing the trumpet star's jazzy sensibilities with the ultra-funk dynamics of R&B saxman Boney James. Rather than simply a clever name, the album title reflects the way the two bounce off of and drive each other to reach artistic heights beyond their typical solo endeavors. The two horns dance over a shuffle beat and simmering blues keyboard textures on the opening track "RSVP," first soaring in perfect unison then breaking for back-and-forth conversations between James' lower smoky tone and Braun's higher pitched crackling. Their musical chatter builds slowly, culminating in a powerful end chorus. Similarly celebratory are two versions one vocal of the jubilant '60s horn hit "Grazin' in the Grass," which features the two swaying as one over jumpy retro guitar and keyboard parts then blasting off into percussive improvisations. While it's easy to visualize the energy James and Braun might generate with those tunes live, the disc's gentler moments are equally remarkable, most notably the silky "More Than You Know" where Braun introduces a tender thought and waits for James to complete it and a smoky, gently grooving cover of Horace Silver's "Song for My Father." The latter features a subdued Braun's muted trumpet melody as James' breathy tenor rides underneath as a support system. The listeners have heard Braun do the intimate jazz improv before, but James' inventive reflections here are quite the revelation. "The Stars Above" allows for an even more intimate candlelight chat between two musicians who seem to read each other's thoughts instinctively. Other highlights are "Central Avenue" and the percussive title track, which is sheer live-in-the-studio festivity time. James and Braun both came of age in the '70s and the chunky wah-wah guitar elements dart throughout, most emphatically on "Chain Reaction," which chugs along at a feverish retro-soul pitch. Shake It Up is not only the smooth jazz event of the year, but so far the genre's greatest recording. Hopefully, it won't be just a one time side project for either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624755722
  • Catalog Number: 47557
  • Sales rank: 2,843

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 R.S.V.P. (4:43)
  2. 2 Grazing in the Grass (5:08)
  3. 3 More Than You Know (4:32)
  4. 4 Shake It Up (4:03)
  5. 5 Central Ave. (4:09)
  6. 6 Love's Like That - Rick Braun (4:28)
  7. 7 Song for My Father (5:58)
  8. 8 Chain Reaction (5:05)
  9. 9 The Stars Above (5:09)
  10. 10 Grazing in the Grass (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boney James Primary Artist, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton Guitar
David Torkanowsky Piano, Keyboards
Sue Ann Carwell Vocals
Phil Davis Wurlitzer
Alex Al Bass
Rick Braun Trumpet
Alexandra Brown Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Michael Egizi Keyboards
Larry Kimpel Bass
Tony Maiden Guitar
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Gary Novak Drums
Yvonne Williams Vocals
Rohn Lawrence Guitar
Carl Burnett Guitar, Keyboards, Key Bass
Bob DeMarco Guitar
Technical Credits
Joe Sample Composer
Sue Ann Carwell Vocal Arrangements
Phil Davis Arranger
Boney James Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Rick Braun Arranger, Producer
Paul Brown Producer
Michael Egizi Arranger, Programming
Harry Elston Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Rideau Engineer
Bill Schnee Engineer
Koji Egawa Digital Editing
Carl Burnett Programming
Philemon Hou Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth Groovin!

    This IS classic smoooth jazz. I absolutly love R.S.V.P.. ''Shake It Up'' is a great collaboration of Boney James and Rick Braun's talent...very relaxing to the ears. Highly recomended!

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