Chicago Project

Chicago Project

by Urban Knights
     
 

Three artists who've worked prominently with Ramsey Lewis' Urban Knights group take center stage on The Chicago Project. Trumpeter Ron Haynes, guitarist Fareed Haque, and keyboardist Kevin Randolph under the production guidance of Urban Knight Frayne T. Lewis haveSee more details below

Overview

Three artists who've worked prominently with Ramsey Lewis' Urban Knights group take center stage on The Chicago Project. Trumpeter Ron Haynes, guitarist Fareed Haque, and keyboardist Kevin Randolph under the production guidance of Urban Knight Frayne T. Lewis have concocted a funky and slick offering sure to please most smooth jazz aficionados. While these beat-heavy selections contain all the hallmarks of radio-friendly instrumental pop-jazz, there is the aura of something new here. Perhaps it's the Chicago post-rock, avant-jazz connotation of bands like Tortoise and Isotope 217 that lends a progressive edginess to this "project." Or, maybe it's the odd, angular keyboard background flourishes that add a forward-thinking, protean future feel to this otherwise mainstream production. Truthfully, though, there is little to compare on The Chicago Project with the experimental noodlings of the likes of John McEntire or Rob Mazurek. Primarily this is hip, danceable, studio-perfect music that references the best of European acid jazz. Highlights include pianist Randolph's blissed-out Rhodes solo on "All the Way" and Haynes' Harmon-muted feature "On the Block," which he opens up sans mute halfway through in true Donald Byrd fashion.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724381197721
catalogNumber:
11977

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Urban Knights   Primary Artist
Devo   Rap
Fareed Haque   Guitar
Buddy Fambro   Guitar
Keith Henderson   Guitar
Alejo Poveda   Percussion
Mars Williams   Saxophone
Sharay Reed   Bass
Karen Randolph   Track Performer
Ron Haynes   Trumpet
Kevin Randolph   Piano,Keyboards
Brian Sledge   Background Vocals
Johnny "Showtime" Janowiak   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ramsey Lewis   Executive Producer
Danny Leake   Engineer
Frayne Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Trevor Sadler   Mastering
Mathieu Lejeune   Engineer,Digital Editing
Lambert Waldrip   Programming

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