Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

by Michael Manson
     
 

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The veteran jazz/funk bassist should be invited into a smooth jazz fan's CD player by virtue of the guest list here, first and foremost. Playing with heavyweights like George Duke and Kirk Whalum -- whom he first played with on Whalum's The Gospel According to Jazz --

Overview

The veteran jazz/funk bassist should be invited into a smooth jazz fan's CD player by virtue of the guest list here, first and foremost. Playing with heavyweights like George Duke and Kirk Whalum -- whom he first played with on Whalum's The Gospel According to Jazz -- Manson has made a lot of great friends in the genre; each song here is dominated by significant harmony, melody, or solo time. The hip, jumpy "Outer Drive" was co-produced by and features Brian Culbertson, and plays like a Culbertson keyboard romp, with a standout bubbly bass solo. "Keys to My Heart" is a lush, lite funk ballad with a gentle, bass-driven melody and a rich harmony line by Whalum. The silky cover of Babyface's Toni Braxton hit "Seven Whole Days" balances thoughtful bass ruminations with Steve Cole's rich tenor, which joins in quickly. Manson's tone is very much in the realm of Marcus Miller, but he rarely stretches beyond the pleasant middle ground of his genre. While that will no doubt endear him to radio, the tune "The Bottom Line" shows a great deal of breakout potential beyond the confines of radio-friendly land. He plays thick and hard, surrounded by a sea of horns (including Culbertson's trombone) and supported by Tim Gant's organ sounds, which dig deep into Manson's extensive gospel roots. This is excellent smooth jazz, but it's easy to hear that Manson is capable of so much more.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2009
Label:
Nu Groove Records
UPC:
0893422002390
catalogNumber:
2039

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Manson   Primary Artist,Bass
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Larry Bowen   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Trombone,Keyboards
Nanette Frank   Vocals
Tim Gant   Keyboards
Steve Grisette   Vocals
Mike Halperin   Trombone
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Howard Levy   Harmonica
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Mertens   Saxophone
Gerey Johnson   Guitar
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Ron Haynes   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Elgin Manson   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Brown   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jeff Linsky   Composer
Mac Gayden   Composer
McCoy Tyner   Composer
Dennis Belfield   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Programming,Producer
Tim Gant   Producer
Michael Manson   Producer
Kevin Murphy   Composer
Hal Sacks   Engineer
Steve Weeder   Engineer
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Composer
Ed Simonton   Engineer
Lana Manson   Producer
Kent Anderson   Executive Producer
Elgin Manson   Producer
Julie Dorsch   Producer

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