Sweet Talk

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
For his tenth solo recording, California-based saxophonist Eric Marienthal joins forces with Grammy-winning New York producer Jason Miles and a group of studio all-stars -- including guitarists Chuck Loeb and Romero Lubambo; keyboardists Dave Kochanski and Jeff Lorber; bassists Will Lee and Tom Barney; and drummers Chris Parker and Gene Lake -- for a varied and consonant recital in smooth jazz. A accomplished multi-sax-and-woodwind player who studied with the great bebop saxophonist Warne Marsh in high school, Marienthal plays soprano and alto saxophones here. He projects the sound -- tart, inviting, rooted in the soulful verities of Hank Crawford and Cannonball Adderley ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
For his tenth solo recording, California-based saxophonist Eric Marienthal joins forces with Grammy-winning New York producer Jason Miles and a group of studio all-stars -- including guitarists Chuck Loeb and Romero Lubambo; keyboardists Dave Kochanski and Jeff Lorber; bassists Will Lee and Tom Barney; and drummers Chris Parker and Gene Lake -- for a varied and consonant recital in smooth jazz. A accomplished multi-sax-and-woodwind player who studied with the great bebop saxophonist Warne Marsh in high school, Marienthal plays soprano and alto saxophones here. He projects the sound -- tart, inviting, rooted in the soulful verities of Hank Crawford and Cannonball Adderley -- that has made him a mainstay of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, the Rippingtons, and countless projects by various distinguished members of his smooth-jazz peer group. The program spans Brazil (Ivan Lins singing the lyric to his composition “Caprichiosa”), R&B/pop (Stevie Wonder’s “Tell Me Something Good”, sung by Marienthal’s labelmate Cassandra Reed), and a slew of solid melodies in fast, medium, and slow grooves by Marienthal, Loeb, Kochanski, and Lorber that embrace the listener and don’t let go.
All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Eric Marienthal is a technically skilled altoist with a soulful tone and an appealing style. Unfortunately, many of his recordings are strictly for the commercial market, such as Sweet Talk. Marienthal's solos are full of spirit and color but the backup groups, which often include keyboardist Jeff Lorber along with occasional vocalists, are mundane and lack much personality. The same can be said for the set of originals, including a song apiece from Stevie Wonder and Ivan Lins. Marienthal, who was brilliant on his 1990 release Crossroads and is at his best when playing with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, mostly sounds like he is coasting on Sweet Talk, making this an OK but forgettable release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 013431851028
  • Catalog Number: 8510
  • Sales rank: 149,980

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Uptown (3:54)
  2. 2 Secrets (4:11)
  3. 3 All I Am (4:10)
  4. 4 Moonlight (4:03)
  5. 5 Tell Me Something Good (3:55)
  6. 6 Sweet Talk (3:58)
  7. 7 Mist Trail (4:37)
  8. 8 Caprichosa (5:15)
  9. 9 Nickel Plated (4:04)
  10. 10 Like a River (4:15)
  11. 11 Laguna (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Marienthal Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ivan Lins Vocals
Jeff Lorber Keyboards, Clavinet, Vocoder, Synthesizer Bass
Tom Barney Bass
Scott Breadman Percussion
Dean Brown Electric Guitar
Melvin Davis Vocals, 7-String Bass
Julio Fernandez Guitar
Gene Lake Drums
Will Lee Bass
Romero Lubambo Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Loeb Guitar, Keyboards
Jason Miles Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Chris Parker Drums
Marc Quiñones Percussion, Conga
Dave Kochanski Keyboards
Gannin Arnold Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Ricchiuti Keyboards, Electric Piano
Billy Heller Synthesizer Strings
Cassandra Reed Vocals
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Steve Addabbo Engineer
Melvin Davis Engineer, drum programming
Steve Gaboury Engineer
Chris Jennings Engineer
Chuck Loeb Arranger, Composer, drum programming, Percussion Programming
Eric Marienthal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Sonny Mediana Art Direction
Jason Miles Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Doug Oberkircher Engineer
Roberto Vally Composer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Dave Kochanski Composer
Guilherme Reis Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Fatima Guedes Composer
Ulysses Noriega Engineer
David Winslow Engineer
Cassandra Reed Composer
Ed Hurtado Engineer
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