Journey Within

Journey Within

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by Bernie Williams
     
 

Take note! If there's one lively Latin-flavored guitar jazz disc by an all-star center fielder you must listen to this year, make it this one. Don't do it however, just for the novelty of a .300 career-hitting New York Yankee legend making music for a hometown-based label, but because his hobby comes loaded with great melodic ideas and some buoyant, snappy playing. No… See more details below

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Take note! If there's one lively Latin-flavored guitar jazz disc by an all-star center fielder you must listen to this year, make it this one. Don't do it however, just for the novelty of a .300 career-hitting New York Yankee legend making music for a hometown-based label, but because his hobby comes loaded with great melodic ideas and some buoyant, snappy playing. No doubt many critics will see this as a sports celebrity vanity project, and much will be made of all the top musicians who jumped into the fray (Béla Fleck, David Sancious, T-Bone Wolk, Luis Conte), but Williams truly holds his own. The opening track, "La Salsa en Mi," is feisty Latin jamming with an instantly catchy melody, and sets a lofty standard that some of the mellower tracks simply can't match. High-spirited exotic sessions like that and the percussion-intense "Desvelado" run rings around more conventional but still engaging light funk-jazz tracks like "The Way" and the lush ballad "Just Because," whose contribution by labelmate pianist David Benoit is surprisingly subtle. Those who like simple fingerstyling may most enjoy the interlude "Samba Novo," while pop fans may best enjoy the mainstream readings of "Dust in the Wind" and Billy Joel's plaintive "And So It Goes." The best evidence that Williams can funk out as well as he can do salsa (remember, he's a native Puerto Rican) is the turbocharged fusion jam "Stranded on the Bridge." In contemporary jazz circles, Wayman Tisdale has made a successful move from basketball to bass. When Bernie Williams retires, more discs like this will ensure that he's more than a one-shot deal.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0602498603864
catalogNumber:
000072502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernie Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Rubén Blades   Background Vocals
Larry Williams   fender rhodes
David Sancious   Keyboards
Gilberto Santa Rosa   Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
David Benoit   Piano
Luis Conte   Percussion
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Jerry Hey   Flugelhorn
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Tim Pierce   Rhythm Guitar
Mark Riviera   Saxophone
David Spinozza   Rhythm Guitar
John Thomas   Piano,Strings
Leland Sklar   Bass
Hank Williams   Cello
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Mike Alvarez   Guitar
John Thomas   Keyboards
B.J. Lequerica   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Paul McCartney   Liner Notes
Kerry Livgren   Composer
Paul Brown   Remixing
John DeNicola   Composer
Bud Harner   Remixing
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
Patti Maloney   Composer
Loren Harriet   Producer
Danny Bernini   Engineer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Jorge Alvarez   Back Cover
Mike Alvarez   Engineer
Bernie Williams   Composer,Liner Notes
LeRoy Neiman   Paintings

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