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The Pearl

by Aquanote
 
The Naked Music blueprint for house and disco -- a return to sounds lush and heavily evocative, with plenty of textured R&B and jazz touches, but an attention to detail rivalling that of the most introspective techno producers -- has been copied far and wide. The sheer generic quality of most of it only serves to distinguish the real thing, especially when it's as

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The Naked Music blueprint for house and disco -- a return to sounds lush and heavily evocative, with plenty of textured R&B and jazz touches, but an attention to detail rivalling that of the most introspective techno producers -- has been copied far and wide. The sheer generic quality of most of it only serves to distinguish the real thing, especially when it's as magical and refreshing as Aquanote's The Pearl. Surely one of the best production jobs of the year, Gabriel René's great achievement is to shatter all the cliches of jazz-house (waves of echoey, minor-chord synth, subpar beats, lame vocal features, and track after track of Roy Ayers-rehash songwriting) with his superior skills: at arranging, engineering, mixing, basically everything except the vocals (he recruited three or four live musicians for each track, but took care of everything else himself). "One Wish" is a Prelude throwback through and through, from the precise jazz-guitar solos to the omnipresent female chorus. "Heartbreaker" is a nice contemporary R&B track, just a little too distinctive to have much hope on commercial radio unless it was attached to a star vocalist -- in which case it'd easily blow up. "Never Let It Go" is a deep dub feature for vocalist Naomi Nsombi. The rest are some of the most exquisite jazzy house productions heard anywhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724381232729
catalogNumber:
12327

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Performance Credits

Aquanote   Primary Artist
Mike D   Bass
Zoe Ellis   Vocals
Richard Worth   Flute
David Boyce   Saxophone
Nelson Braxton   Bass
Lisa Shaw   Vocals
Caitlin Cornwell   Vocals
Josh Davis   Trumpet
Carlos Araiza   Flute,Percussion
J-Soul   Vocals
John Downer   Guitar
Gabriel Rene   Track Performer
Avram Brown   Guitar
Omega Brooks   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Boonshoft   Executive Producer
Gabriel Rene   Producer,Engineer
Stuart Patterson   Art Direction
Bruno Ybarra   Executive Producer

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