Souvenir

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When former Toto bassist David Hungate decided to record an instrumental album in the early '90s, critics were bound to be skeptical. Toto, after all, was the sort of ultra-slick corporate rock outfit whom critics love to hate -- and critics assumed that if Hungate did something jazz-oriented, it would be the most vacuous, mind-numbing, Kenny G.-worshipping, Richard Elliott-loving stuff imaginable. But Souvenir, which was Hungate's first album as a leader, turned out to be a pleasant surprise. For the most part, this is a decent album of fusion and crossover pop-jazz. Pat Metheny, the Yellowjackets, and Weather Report are influences, and even though Souvenir isn't in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When former Toto bassist David Hungate decided to record an instrumental album in the early '90s, critics were bound to be skeptical. Toto, after all, was the sort of ultra-slick corporate rock outfit whom critics love to hate -- and critics assumed that if Hungate did something jazz-oriented, it would be the most vacuous, mind-numbing, Kenny G.-worshipping, Richard Elliott-loving stuff imaginable. But Souvenir, which was Hungate's first album as a leader, turned out to be a pleasant surprise. For the most part, this is a decent album of fusion and crossover pop-jazz. Pat Metheny, the Yellowjackets, and Weather Report are influences, and even though Souvenir isn't in a class with their best work, it is still respectable. Hungate's playing is lyrical and melodic but not sappy or saccharine on Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone From the Sun" and reflective, pensive originals like "Morning Long Ago," "Dreamland," and "Lament" not to be confused with the J.J. Johnson standard. Although Souvenir came out in 1994, it was probably recorded around 1990 or 1991, because Toto's Jeff Porcaro who died in 1992 is among the drummers. The worst thing about this CD is the fact that the material tends to sound over-produced -- when you're dealing with any type of jazz be it bop, fusion, swing, free jazz, or Dixieland, musicians are better served by spontaneity. Heavy production is fine for hip-hop and techno, but jazz even pop-flavored jazz is better off with less production and more improvisation. Nonetheless, Souvenir is much better than critics expected it to be. Critics assumed that Hungate was going to provide a big dose of mindless elevator music; instead, this generally worthwhile, if imperfect, outing indicated that the bassist had potential as a fusion/pop-jazz instrumentalist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1996
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 724863304128
  • Catalog Number: 86330412
  • Sales rank: 141,662

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lament (7:19)
  2. 2 Going Home Again (5:43)
  3. 3 Souvenir (5:37)
  4. 4 Dreamland (5:20)
  5. 5 Only a Heart Can Know (7:22)
  6. 6 Third Stone From the Sun (7:53)
  7. 7 Morning Long Ago (7:41)
  8. 8 A Perfect Love (5:17)
  9. 9 The Leap (9:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Hungate Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, 8-string Bass, 5-string Bass, 4-Strings
Chet Atkins Guitar
Robin Crow Acoustic Guitar
Vince Andrews Saxophone
Bob Babbitt Bass
Shane Keister Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Brandon Fields Flute, Saxophone
Randy Goodrum Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
Clayton Ivey fender rhodes
Sam Levine Flute
Steve Lukather Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin Drums
Jeff Procaro Drums
Technical Credits
Robin Crow Composer, Producer
Shane Keister Composer
Randy Goodrum Composer, Producer, Engineer
Gary Hedden Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
David Hungate Composer, Producer
Ken Mansfield Representation
Dave Lawbaugh drum programming
Deborah Hungate Watercolor Artwork
Ricard Collicott Graphic Design
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