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Smokin' Section
     

Smokin' Section

by Tom Scott & the L.A. Express
 
On Smokin' Section, credited to Tom Scott & the L.A. Express, the veteran saxman can't resist mixing in a few cover tunes with the stylistically diverse array of original numbers. He doesn't add too much to the arrangement of the folk-rock classic "Ode To Billie Joe," but who can argue when it's sung by the

Overview

On Smokin' Section, credited to Tom Scott & the L.A. Express, the veteran saxman can't resist mixing in a few cover tunes with the stylistically diverse array of original numbers. He doesn't add too much to the arrangement of the folk-rock classic "Ode To Billie Joe," but who can argue when it's sung by the sandpaper-and-honey voiced Patty Smyth? Scott also functions as soloist/harmony line player as Phil Perry does his soulful best with Restless Heart's "I'll Still Be Lovin' You." Scott and his cohorts are all over the map the rest of the time, capturing everything from the now retro '70s flavor of the original L.A. Express to Scott's early leanings towards quartet jazz to -- as the title promises -- flashy brass funk and mindtripping fusion. Scott's alto honks above the swaying, horn section hook of the title track, then slinks into the background for much of the swampy Delta blues cool of "Cruisin' Bayou," which blends Alan Pasqua's Fender Rhodes-flavored synth riffs, Buzz Feiten's wailing steel guitar, and a soundscape by Luis Conte and Alex Acuna. The somewhat jarring rhythmic switches take the listener from the smoky mood of "If I Could Cry" to the swaying funk of "The Beat Is On" (pushed along by bassist John Pena), but the real fun comes on "TCB in E," when Scott, Pasqua, Feiten, and drummer Harvey Mason rock on and trade blistering solos for ten minutes, making '70s Rhodes-based jazz fusion relevant to 1999.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/1999
Label:
Windham Hill Records
UPC:
0019341137924
catalogNumber:
11379

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Scott & the L.A. Express   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Robbie Nevil   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Tim Heintz   Synthesizer
Tom Scott   Synthesizer,Strings,Horn,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind,Wind Synthesizer
Phil Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Patty Smyth   Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Andre Berry   Bass
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet,Soloist
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Steve Dubin   Keyboards
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Electric Guitar
Mitch Foreman   Synthesizer
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Harvey Mason   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alan Pasqua   Piano,Keyboards
John Pena   Bass
Joel Peskin   Baritone Saxophone
Lynne Scott   Vocals
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Terry Wood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Scott   Arranger,Saxophone Arrangement
John Simon   Composer
Steve Dubin   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Kenji Nakai   Engineer,overdub engineer
David Rideau   Engineer
Lynne Scott   Producer

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