Sweetback

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All Music Guide - Ed Hogan
Three-quarters of Sade's back-up band make their album debut under the moniker Sweetback as in Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 trend-setting film. But whereas the svelte chanteuse makes music that suggests upper-crust, non-smoking jazz clubs, Sweetback's music is more "underground" in tone. Guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, and bassist Paul Spencer Denman are definitely out to forge an identity of their own. They describe their music as "global soul music." It's a diverse mixture of ambient dub, trip-hop, retro soul, and slightly off-kilter jazz. They have a versatile group of guest performers to help them get their ...
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All Music Guide - Ed Hogan
Three-quarters of Sade's back-up band make their album debut under the moniker Sweetback as in Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 trend-setting film. But whereas the svelte chanteuse makes music that suggests upper-crust, non-smoking jazz clubs, Sweetback's music is more "underground" in tone. Guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, keyboardist Andrew Hale, and bassist Paul Spencer Denman are definitely out to forge an identity of their own. They describe their music as "global soul music." It's a diverse mixture of ambient dub, trip-hop, retro soul, and slightly off-kilter jazz. They have a versatile group of guest performers to help them get their musical vision across. On the first single, the smooth "You Will Rise," Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux caresses the optimistic lyrics: "I got a story that must be heard/about a little girl who wished she was a bird/she was unhappy living in a ghetto cage/but it gave her hope when her sweet grandma would say/baby you will rise." Maxwell, whom the band backed on some of the tracks from his Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, croons softly on "Softly Softly." Vocalist Leroy Osbourne gives Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier" a tender reading. Some of the instrumental tracks sound like film scores. While others, on first listen, may have you expecting to hear Sade's vocals come in. "Walk of Ju" would fit well in an introspective scene perhaps by an ocean with billowing waves. "Come Dubbing" is both goofy fun and lushly romantic. "Cloud People" is a perfect progressive lite jazz with its light rhythmic synth textures, noodling acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos, and lazy sax runs. If you're looking for music to relax to, Sweetback is the right album to kick back with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/1996
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646749227
  • Catalog Number: 67492
  • Sales rank: 58,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gaze (5:26)
  2. 2 Softly Softly (4:29)
  3. 3 Sensations (4:29)
  4. 4 Au Natural (4:14)
  5. 5 Arabesque (3:36)
  6. 6 You Will Rise (6:28)
  7. 7 Chord (3:30)
  8. 8 Walk of Ju (4:06)
  9. 9 Hope She'll Be Happier (6:16)
  10. 10 Come Dubbing (4:41)
  11. 11 Cloud People (5:28)
  12. 12 Powder (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sweetback Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Paul S. Denman Bass, Acoustic Bass
Andrew Hale Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Theremin, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Space Phone, Echo
Stuart Matthewman Guitar, Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Theremin, Slide Guitar, Space Phone, Echo
Leroy Osbourne Vocals
Talvin Singh Tabla
Bahamadia Vocals
Maxwell Background Vocals
Amel Larrieux Vocals
Alex Turnbull Turntables
Kudo Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, scratching
Technical Credits
Andrew Hale Programming, Contributor
Dave Ivory Engineer
Stuart Matthewman Programming, Contributor, Reverb
Ian Cooper Mastering
Sweetback Producer
Kudo Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definite staple in my smooth jazz diet

    I love this CD. A friend recommended it to me several years ago and I haven't stopped recommending it since then.It's so mellow. It helps me to relax, study or set a mood. I look forward to their next release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must Have Listening........Chill Out With Sweetback!!

    The cuts on this CD are not easily described. Reaches the very soul(?). i was completely satisfied with each selection on this CD and i am now waiting for another release.... Lonnie Liston Smith.... Windham Hill....Norman Conners.....hmmmmmm not like any of these yet similar....???? JUST BUY THE CD!!! lol jonathan arvanites jarvanites@hotmail.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PLEASE COME OUT WITH ANOTHER ALBUM!!

    These dudes could definitely strike out on their own and leave Sade in the dust!! This album proved while she was coolin'-out in Jamaica (and in ideas for Lovers Rock!), the fellas can do it for and by themselves. Unfortunately, it didn't get much attention when it was first released and is pretty much esoteric. I found it back in '99 and was completely mesmerized and blown away by ''Gaze''! This album will definitely get you in the mood...so don't listen to it alone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have sensual creation!

    This album is beautifully produced and definately deserves more recognition. It's made up of the three instrumentalists from Sade, with guest appearances from Maxwell and Groove Theory's, Amel Larrieux. If you love sensual, mood-creating music, you must get this album ASAP!!!

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