Take a Look at Yourself/See the Light

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
This Soul Brother two-fer assembles Eddie Russ' cult classic fusion efforts for the Monument label. Recorded at Detroit's United Sound Studios -- the petri dish where George Clinton concocted his most mind-boggling Funkadelic outings -- See the Light operates on a cosmic wavelength all its own, embracing otherworldly synthesizers, squelching basslines, and orchestral electronics to create a shimmering jazz-funk-disco hybrid that eludes simple genre definition. Supported by Motor City stalwarts including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Larry Nozero, Russ channels the keyboard wizardry of Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith, but for all its astral aspirations, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
This Soul Brother two-fer assembles Eddie Russ' cult classic fusion efforts for the Monument label. Recorded at Detroit's United Sound Studios -- the petri dish where George Clinton concocted his most mind-boggling Funkadelic outings -- See the Light operates on a cosmic wavelength all its own, embracing otherworldly synthesizers, squelching basslines, and orchestral electronics to create a shimmering jazz-funk-disco hybrid that eludes simple genre definition. Supported by Motor City stalwarts including trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist Larry Nozero, Russ channels the keyboard wizardry of Herbie Hancock and Lonnie Liston Smith, but for all its astral aspirations, the music is surprisingly street-smart as well. The title cut is an epic rendition of the Earth, Wind & Fire song, and "Zauis" courts the dancefloor via Latin-inspired rhythms and breathtaking solos that build to an orgasmic climax. Take a Look at Yourself pushes Russ even closer to slick, satin-lined disco -- the grooves are more earthbound, but its bold, rich arrangements nevertheless pulsate with energy and imagination. Russ still favors the kind of epic-scale structures of jazz, but the radiant, multi-layered synthesizers and dancefloor rhythms clearly evoke contemporary soul, topped off by Jackie Holiday's soaring vocals on "Don't Ask My Neighbors" and "I Heard That." A solid listen, if not particularly challenging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Soul Bros Pure Jazz
  • EAN: 5013993673729
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 109,975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 See the Light (7:23)
  2. 2 Zaius (5:32)
  3. 3 Stop It Now (5:32)
  4. 4 Salem Avenue (5:14)
  5. 5 Tomorrow Is Another Day (6:39)
  6. 6 Poko Nose (5:42)
  7. 7 Take a Look at Yourself (5:29)
  8. 8 Don't Ask My Neighbours (4:34)
  9. 9 Tea Leaves (6:01)
  10. 10 Interlude (0:45)
  11. 11 I Want to Be Somebody (4:16)
  12. 12 Feelin' Fine (6:08)
  13. 13 I Heard That (4:23)
  14. 14 Lay Back (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Russ Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Arp Strings
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Nozero Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Gregg Coles Bass
Kenny Garrett Alto Saxophone
Kitty Haywood Background Vocals
Jim Kessler Bass
Wilton Machen Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Penny Percussion, Drums
Sam Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Stu Sanders Trombone
Melvin Clark Guitar
Jerry Glassel Guitar, Soloist
Renee Coles Vocals
Walter Corley Percussion, Piano, Clavinet
R.C. Crawford Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Jackie Holiday Vocals
Joan Lumsden Vocals
Wilbert Machen Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Ken Peters Vocals
Jerry Pohl Percussion, Drums
Larry Rhodes Bass
Ken Wierenga Trumpet
William Wiggins Tenor Saxophone
Ron English Guitar
Ron Jackson Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Maurice Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Paul Serrano Engineer, Remixing
Eddie Russ Composer, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Dave Grusin Composer
Mike Grace Engineer
Ken Sands Engineer, Remixing
Skip Scarborough Composer
R.C. Crawford Composer, rhythm arrangement
Ken Wierenga Horn Arrangements
Ken Kim Art Direction, Original Photography
Gwen Crawford Composer
Laurence Prangell Liner Notes
Janice Jarrett Composer
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