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Steppin' Out
     

Steppin' Out

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by Paul Taylor
 
Paul Taylor, the sexy saxman of smooth/urban jazz, is back with his fifth solo recording titled Steppin' Out, his second outing on the Peak Records label. Ripe with old-school moods and pop-oriented flavors, Taylor's accompanists bring out the best of his smooth sax work on soprano and alto, his sax harmonies, and his vocoder on three tracks. Produced by

Overview

Paul Taylor, the sexy saxman of smooth/urban jazz, is back with his fifth solo recording titled Steppin' Out, his second outing on the Peak Records label. Ripe with old-school moods and pop-oriented flavors, Taylor's accompanists bring out the best of his smooth sax work on soprano and alto, his sax harmonies, and his vocoder on three tracks. Produced by Rex Rideout and Barry J. Eastmond, two of smooth/urban jazz's most acclaimed producers, the set jumps off with the radio-friendly single "On the Move," which immediately sets the tone for the remainder of the all-star project. The lovely, reassuring vocals of Sharon Youngblood are both soothing and captivating on "Someone Watching Over You." She provides an excellent foil for the beautiful soprano sax voice of Taylor, who provides delicate background complements. On "Enchanted Garden," Taylor plays a highly imaginative soprano sax and vocoder and captures the listener's imagination with fragrant flourishes and delicate lines. The smooth program is interspersed with a soulful urban bebop-style composition called "Speakeasy" and ends with a bonus track titled "Get Up." And that's exactly what you'll want to do to express your gratitude for this marvelous set.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0013431851622
catalogNumber:
8516

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Taylor   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocoder
Jonathan Butler   Guitar
Dwight Sills   Acoustic Guitar
David Charles   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Ronnie Garrett   Bass
Chris Parker   Drums
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Lee Thornburg   Trombone
Michael White   Drums
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Abdulhameed Zuhri   Guitar
Darcy Aldridge   Background Vocals
Ronald Smith   Guitar
Sharon Youngblood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Oscar Peterson   Composer
Gordon Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Bill Esses   Engineer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Ronnie Garrett   Composer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Bryan New   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Paul Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Saxophone Arrangement
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
François Houle   Composer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Jim Kurzdorfer   Composer
Russ Freeman   Executive Producer

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Steppin' Out 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
spunkiemunkie More than 1 year ago
Overall I love this cd and it has been played numerous amounts of time. However, I wish this one contained more of his quicker paced music like "ladie's choice" and his newest one, "hypnotic". I still appreciate this album and put it on when I want to relax. It's soulful and simple... and all Paul Taylor.