Sweet Drive

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The list of well-known Los Angeles-based musicians who Canadian guitarist Les Sabler employs on Sweet Drive is impressive. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek, bassist Brian Bromberg (who produced this 2007 release), trumpeter Jerry Hey (of Seawind fame), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and percussionist Alex Acuña are among the participants. With such an all-star cast, Sweet Drive should have been excellent. But regrettably, this 60-minute CD is dominated by formulaic, radio-oriented smooth jazz that will probably appeal to NAC program directors but isn't terribly memorable. The problem with most of Sweet Drive is not a lack of chops on Sabler's...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The list of well-known Los Angeles-based musicians who Canadian guitarist Les Sabler employs on Sweet Drive is impressive. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek, bassist Brian Bromberg (who produced this 2007 release), trumpeter Jerry Hey (of Seawind fame), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and percussionist Alex Acuña are among the participants. With such an all-star cast, Sweet Drive should have been excellent. But regrettably, this 60-minute CD is dominated by formulaic, radio-oriented smooth jazz that will probably appeal to NAC program directors but isn't terribly memorable. The problem with most of Sweet Drive is not a lack of chops on Sabler's part; the Montreal native is a capable and talented, if derivative, player whose direct or indirect influences include George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Wes Montgomery, Larry Carlton, and Earl Klugh (among others). Rather, the problem with most of Sweet Drive is that the more Sabler panders to radio, the less inspired he sounds. But gratefully, Sweet Drive does contain some tracks that show listeners what he is actually capable of. Sabler lets loose on the assertive "Food Chain," the dusky "Struttin'," and the funky "Twenty-Two"; those tracks are closer to fusion and prove that Sabler can be an exciting improviser when he gambles with inspiration instead of giving smooth jazz/NAC radio programmers the type of elevator music that they crave. Although frequently disappointing, Sweet Drive definitely has its moments -- and one hopes that in the future, Sabler will spend less time catering to smooth jazz/NAC radio and more time living up to his potential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: The Music Force
  • UPC: 825005920128
  • Catalog Number: 9201
  • Sales rank: 190,636

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You've Got It Bad Girl (4:20)
  2. 2 Sweet Drive (3:35)
  3. 3 Daydreaming (5:58)
  4. 4 Club Street (3:48)
  5. 5 Can You Stop the Rain (5:00)
  6. 6 I'm Not the Same (4:16)
  7. 7 Struttin' (4:58)
  8. 8 Who Am I? (5:20)
  9. 9 Twenty-Two (4:07)
  10. 10 Biggest Part of Me (4:44)
  11. 11 Food Chain (4:03)
  12. 12 Could You Be (4:18)
  13. 13 Daydreaming (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Sabler Primary Artist, Guitar
Brian Bromberg Bass, Acoustic Bass
Ricky Peterson Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
Gary Meek Flute, Saxophone
Alex Acuña Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Gary Grant Horn
Jerry Hey Horn
Dan Higgins Horn
Richard Jackson Vocals
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Bill Armstrong Horn
Rahsaan Patterson Background Vocals
Mark Hollingsworth Horn
Allon Sams Keyboards
Dave Ryan Horn
Toni Scruggs Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Aretha Franklin Composer
Brian Bromberg Programming, Producer
Jeff Lorber Programming
John Bettis Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Keith Martin Composer
Tom McCauley Engineer
David Pack Composer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Yvonne Wright Composer
Tom Zink String Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Les Sabler Composer
Allon Sams Composer
Ron Moton Composer
Travis Vega Composer
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