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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As far as hip and funky smooth jazz keyboardists go, Kevin Toney may not get the type of press and exposure that Brian Culbertson gets, but he more than compensates on Sweet Spot with an incredible array of grooves and a soulful style rooted in a 30-year career as an R&B heavyweight. And groove-intensive it is, from the thick shuffle behind the dreamy melody and speedy improves of "Mister T" to the consistent throb courtesy of bassist Mel Brown on the jumpy and instantly hummable title track. Unlike many purveyors of his instrument who use guest sax players because it's more radio-friendly, Toney seems to basically say, "here's what I do, dance, tap your toes, ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
As far as hip and funky smooth jazz keyboardists go, Kevin Toney may not get the type of press and exposure that Brian Culbertson gets, but he more than compensates on Sweet Spot with an incredible array of grooves and a soulful style rooted in a 30-year career as an R&B heavyweight. And groove-intensive it is, from the thick shuffle behind the dreamy melody and speedy improves of "Mister T" to the consistent throb courtesy of bassist Mel Brown on the jumpy and instantly hummable title track. Unlike many purveyors of his instrument who use guest sax players because it's more radio-friendly, Toney seems to basically say, "here's what I do, dance, tap your toes, listen to me jam, forget the horns." The one exception to this, the retro-flavored, joyfully discofied "Coast to Coast," is more of a marketing idea in that he defers to new labelmate Pamela Williams rather than an outside star. Tracking Toney's influences is fun, in that he goes from the ultramodern a lush reading of the recent pop hit "Dilemma," featuring Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar to a playful party tune "So Much Fun" reminiscent of the Ramsey Lewis experience, complete with spirited background conversations à la "The In Crowd." Sweet indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351510129
  • Catalog Number: 5101

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mister T (4:27)
  2. 2 Sweet Spot (4:08)
  3. 3 Midnight Blue (4:33)
  4. 4 Dilemma (4:50)
  5. 5 So Much Fun (4:46)
  6. 6 Coast to Coast (4:21)
  7. 7 Morning Rain (5:26)
  8. 8 Better Than Ever (3:52)
  9. 9 Nu "M" Jaz (5:05)
  10. 10 Kiss (4:50)
  11. 11 See You Again (6:01)
  12. 12 Portrait of You (Prelude) (3:29)
  13. 13 Portrait of You (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin Toney Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Victor Bailey Electric Bass
Mel Brown Bass, Electric Bass
Craig T. Cooper Guitar
Todd Hunter Synthesizer
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Aaron Mills Electric Bass
Kevin O'Neal Acoustic Bass
Mike Smith Percussion, Vocals
Pamela Williams Soprano Saxophone
Lamont VanHook Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Turner Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Lisa Vaughn Vocals, Background Vocals
Ernest Tibbs III Electric Bass
Kevin McNeal Acoustic Bass
Carey Mason Drums
Ralph Jones Flute
Technical Credits
Bunny Sigler Composer
Kevin Toney Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Bruce Ablin Piano Engineer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Randy Hall Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Anthony Barboza Cover Photo
Timothy Fielding Tray Photo
Bossman Engineer
Robert Turner Arranger, Composer
Bam Bam & Pebbles Composer
Ryan Bowser Composer
Brent Robinson Arranger
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