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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Celebrating his tenth anniversary as an instrumental recording artist, the eclectic saxophonist took his innovative and groove intensive approach into a bright, funky, and trippy future. Because he came up at a time when smooth jazz was heading into urban territory, he was always easy to peg as a funky smooth guy -- but, as this progressive collective shows, he had something more on his mind than simply looking back at some success on The Wave-type stations. He didn't forget his roots completely, however; "Happy Hour" is an easy-grooving, midtempo retro-soul gem featuring the top producer in smooth jazz, guitarist Paul Brown. Likewise, the disco-fied thumper "Kickin' ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Celebrating his tenth anniversary as an instrumental recording artist, the eclectic saxophonist took his innovative and groove intensive approach into a bright, funky, and trippy future. Because he came up at a time when smooth jazz was heading into urban territory, he was always easy to peg as a funky smooth guy -- but, as this progressive collective shows, he had something more on his mind than simply looking back at some success on The Wave-type stations. He didn't forget his roots completely, however; "Happy Hour" is an easy-grooving, midtempo retro-soul gem featuring the top producer in smooth jazz, guitarist Paul Brown. Likewise, the disco-fied thumper "Kickin' It" combines Sommers' cooler sensibilities with one of the genre's top melodic groovemasters, Brian Culbertson. Those are tasty, damn hip for smooth jazz in 2007, but Sommers was feeling more progressive on the ambient chill European club vibin' "Out of Nowhere," which is best described as liquid soul. It's curious that it took him over a minute and a half to actually touch the horn, but the track established the ambience he was after. Sommers happened to be neighbors with hot DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold, and the two combined forces for the vibrant and in-your-face, scratchy house jazz track "Vertical" and the hip-hop swinging "House Party." Elsewhere, Sommers' amped-up sax and tasty retro groove production was jazzed by R&B vocal greats Rahsaan Patterson and frequent Sommers collaborator Macy Gray. The disc was inspired by a vacation the saxman took to balmy Ibiza, where he saw some overwhelming sunsets; the tropical breeze, Spanish soul, and horn-drenched island club grooves were shining through on one of the best tracks, "The Islands." He was also in the mood for sensual Latin romance on a sweetly rendered, low-toned cover of "Besame Mucho." Anyone tired of the same old smooth jazz licks in 2007 was listening to this for fresh inspiration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Gemini Sun Records
  • UPC: 646566001015
  • Catalog Number: 101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of Nowhere (4:24)
  2. 2 Let Your Body Go (5:14)
  3. 3 If I Knew - Vikter Duplaix (4:47)
  4. 4 Lovelife - Macy Gray (4:15)
  5. 5 Happy Hour (4:28)
  6. 6 Vertical (3:38)
  7. 7 Beginnings (4:09)
  8. 8 The Now - Vikter Duplaix (4:48)
  9. 9 The Islands (3:39)
  10. 10 Besame Mucho (5:56)
  11. 11 Kickin' It (3:54)
  12. 12 House Party (3:39)
  13. 13 What Am I Gonna Do - DJ Spinna (7:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Sommers Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Brown Guitar
Jeff Carruthers Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Lenny Castro Percussion
Kenneth Crouch Strings, Keyboards
Brian Culbertson Trombone, Trumpet, Keyboards
Bill Cunliffe Piano
Herman Jackson fender rhodes
Tony Maiden wah wah guitar
Doug Webb Flute
Rahsaan Patterson Vocals
Tommy Organ Guitar
Jeff Caruthers Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Sebastian Arocha Morton Keyboards
Vikter Duplaix Vocals
Chris Colangelo Bass, Bass Guitar
Samantha James Vocals
Micah Otano Acoustic Guitar
Paul Rayner-Brown Guitar
Roberto Valley Bass Guitar
Gabe Johnson Trumpet
Leo Servin Percussion
L.A. Strings Strings
Technical Credits
Ian Green Composer, Producer
Paul Oakenfold Composer, Producer
Jeff Carruthers Composer, Producer, Digital Editing, Audio Production
Kenneth Crouch Composer
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Bill Cunliffe Arranger
Angela Johnson Remixing
Peter Mokran Composer
Rahsaan Patterson Composer
Jimmy Sommers Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
DJ Spinna Remixing
Jeff Caruthers Producer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Macy Gray Composer
Vikter Duplaix Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Spacek Audio Production
Michael Tello Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Micah Otano Producer, Audio Production
Paul Oakenshfold Audio Production
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