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Smile

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Tim Bowman calls his disc Smile, and thus it follows naturally that the guitarist would create songs and moods that would provoke that response from the listener. Titles like "Happiness Is...," a bright, retro-soul charmer featuring Bowman's chipper electric lines and occasional wah-wah accents, tell the basic story; it's pleasant, uplifting music that only occasionally extends beyond simple cheery emotions with some well crafted improvisations. He toys with various acoustic tones on "Heart and Soul," sometimes bringing Peter White's lightheartedness to mind as synth strings waft through. The title track is in some ways the ultimate smooth jazz radio track -- a snappy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Tim Bowman calls his disc Smile, and thus it follows naturally that the guitarist would create songs and moods that would provoke that response from the listener. Titles like "Happiness Is...," a bright, retro-soul charmer featuring Bowman's chipper electric lines and occasional wah-wah accents, tell the basic story; it's pleasant, uplifting music that only occasionally extends beyond simple cheery emotions with some well crafted improvisations. He toys with various acoustic tones on "Heart and Soul," sometimes bringing Peter White's lightheartedness to mind as synth strings waft through. The title track is in some ways the ultimate smooth jazz radio track -- a snappy guitar melody offset by some rich harmonic undertones and a lush solo by saxman Dave McMurray. His liner notes reveal his Christian faith, and it's no surprise that the best tracks here have more of a gospel influence. He gives gospel singer Fred Hammond's "Glory To Glory" a likeable reading, which allows some stretching on electric, even if it's over a very synthesized groove. The church roots truly come alive on the buoyant and funky "Columbus GA," on which Bowman blends his own low electric tones with the muted trumpet musings of Jesse McGuire -- all bouncing happily over the shimmering organ foundations of Bryan Bowman. The moody closer "My Prayer" isn't quite as inspired, but it's still a nice display of Bowman's rich and soulful sense of balladry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Trippin & Rhythm
  • UPC: 020286125426
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 116,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart and Soul (4:34)
  2. 2 Smile (4:12)
  3. 3 Happiness Is (5:07)
  4. 4 Wanda Patrice (3:51)
  5. 5 Glory to Glory (5:08)
  6. 6 Columbus, Ga (5:00)
  7. 7 Yes, No and Yes (3:53)
  8. 8 Friends (4:31)
  9. 9 Watch Out (4:03)
  10. 10 Flyin' Away (4:39)
  11. 11 Just Another Day (3:59)
  12. 12 My Prayer (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim Bowman Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards
Dana Davis Keyboards, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Soloist
Al Duncan Electric Piano
David McMurray Saxophone
Terrance Palmer Bass
Al Turner Bass, Keyboards
Ron Otis Drums
D'Andre Thomas Bass
Bryan Bowman Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Jesse McGuire Trumpet
DeAndrae Thomas Bass
Philmore Bouldes Keyboards
Jeff Webb Percussion
Elijah "Double Portion" Lewis Piano, Keyboards
Howard Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Howard Smith Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ken Love Mastering
Al Turner Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Craig Bauer Programming
Tim Bowman Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Bryan Bowman Producer
Chris Noud Artwork
Merion "Joei" Powers Engineer
Elijah Lewis Composer
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