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The Pearl

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 724381232729
  • Catalog Number: 12327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Water Psalm I (1:50)
  2. 2 Waiting (4:39)
  3. 3 True Love (5:26)
  4. 4 All Over You (5:40)
  5. 5 Water Psalm II (0:24)
  6. 6 Nowhere (5:16)
  7. 7 One Wish (5:02)
  8. 8 Heartbreaker (4:43)
  9. 9 Leave (5:43)
  10. 10 Water Psalm III (1:42)
  11. 11 Come Around (5:48)
  12. 12 Never Let It Go (6:00)
  13. 13 When Angels Cried (3:58)
  14. 14 Her Name Was Truly (5:45)
  15. 15 The Last One (4:09)
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Album Credits

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
Emily Lazar Mastering
Gabriel Rene Producer, Engineer
Stuart Patterson Art Direction
Bruno Ybarra Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Pearl

    Gabriel Rene (aka "Aquanote) is one of San Fransico's best mixers, and a well hidden gem, at that. On his debut album, "The Pearl", Aquanote has blended the sounds of jazz, R&B, soul, lounge, dance and hip-hop to create something that is more genuine than any pearl around. Best tracks (in my opinion) are: "One Wish" "Heartbreaker" "The Last One" and "Waiting", although the whole album is amazing. Production on this album is amazing and keeps the house feel, but does not over do it.

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