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The Jazzmasters V

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The smooth jazz format came along at just the right time for the inventive, melodic and atmospherically minded composer/keyboardist Paul Hardcastle, who might have otherwise become a classic one-hit wonder after his mid-'80s global smash "19." Mining the cooler, chill-oriented aspects of what makes the genre popular, Hardcastle on his solo discs and Jazzmasters projects has amassed a total of seven number one format hits. While sticking to his essential vibe on his Jazzmasters V installment, he pushes the envelope just a bit with the dreamy, supercool "epic" piece "World in Action," which grooves along for close to 11 enjoyable, hypnotic minutes. This track includes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The smooth jazz format came along at just the right time for the inventive, melodic and atmospherically minded composer/keyboardist Paul Hardcastle, who might have otherwise become a classic one-hit wonder after his mid-'80s global smash "19." Mining the cooler, chill-oriented aspects of what makes the genre popular, Hardcastle on his solo discs and Jazzmasters projects has amassed a total of seven number one format hits. While sticking to his essential vibe on his Jazzmasters V installment, he pushes the envelope just a bit with the dreamy, supercool "epic" piece "World in Action," which grooves along for close to 11 enjoyable, hypnotic minutes. This track includes touches of all the elements that make Jazzmasters V a winning dreamscape of a collection: sensual ambiences, trippy synth effects, peppery flute seasonings, and punchy sax sections by Snake Davis. Other hard-to-resist cuts in more conventionally, radio-friendly time frames include the opening track "Never Far Away," which blends Hardcastle's playful piano melody and Davis' sexy horn; the laid-back and soulful "Children of the Ghetto," sung elegantly by Helen Rogers; and the gently funky, liberating "Free as the Wind," which includes piano and vibes-toned keyboard lines mixed with flute and sax. Jazz purists will of course have issues calling this sort of borderline new age music "jazz", and smooth jazz fans looking for hard-hitting energy may have to search elsewhere. Still, Hardcastle knows his niche and he's never failed to achieve brilliance doing what he does best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Trippin & Rhythm
  • UPC: 020286104223
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 51,455

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Far Away (3:51)
  2. 2 Chime (3:44)
  3. 3 Children of the Ghetto (5:34)
  4. 4 Free as the Wind (3:46)
  5. 5 The Sun Says Goodbye (5:02)
  6. 6 Garden of Eden (4:25)
  7. 7 Moon Trekin (3:50)
  8. 8 Untold Story (3:30)
  9. 9 Live for the Dream (4:53)
  10. 10 World in Action (10:50)
  11. 11 Fade into the Night (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Hardcastle Primary Artist
Snake Davis Saxophone
Helen Rogers Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Hardcastle Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Helen Rogers Composer
Eddie Amoo Composer
Chris Amoo Composer
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