This Girl's Got to Play

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If you're one of those who immediately starts retching when the phrase "smooth jazz" is uttered, you might as well move on right now; there's nothing about the new Joyce Cooling album that won't make you roll your eyes and lunge for the off button. But if you actually enjoy funky jazz with great hooks and propulsive beats and aren't bothered by a nice, glossy sheen, you'll find plenty to enjoy on the latest album by this very fine guitarist, composer, and singer. Her sound isn't especially original -- you'll hear powerful overtones of Wes Montgomery in her solos and of Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton in her production style -- but her writing is inventive and hooky and her...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
If you're one of those who immediately starts retching when the phrase "smooth jazz" is uttered, you might as well move on right now; there's nothing about the new Joyce Cooling album that won't make you roll your eyes and lunge for the off button. But if you actually enjoy funky jazz with great hooks and propulsive beats and aren't bothered by a nice, glossy sheen, you'll find plenty to enjoy on the latest album by this very fine guitarist, composer, and singer. Her sound isn't especially original -- you'll hear powerful overtones of Wes Montgomery in her solos and of Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton in her production style -- but her writing is inventive and hooky and her playing is expert and stylish. The album's less-than-stellar moments a rather generic bedroom number called "Take Me There" and the quirky, quasi-autobiographical title track are still quite enjoyable, and there are plenty of top-notch numbers to counterbalance the less inspired moments. These include the slow and deeply funky "Natural Fact," a fine vocal number called "No More Blues," and the subtly Latin bump of "Wizard." Very nice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724359722528
  • Catalog Number: 97225
  • Sales rank: 45,904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Expression (4:07)
  2. 2 Take Me There (4:12)
  3. 3 Camelback (4:04)
  4. 4 No More Blues (5:39)
  5. 5 Green Impala (4:21)
  6. 6 This Girl's Got to Play (4:33)
  7. 7 Toast & Jam (3:25)
  8. 8 Natural Fact (5:52)
  9. 9 The Wizard (5:11)
  10. 10 Talk (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joyce Cooling Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Escovedo Percussion, Background Vocals, Drum Loop
Ray Obiedo Electric Guitar
Richard Aguon Drums
Gary Calvin Bass
Billy Friday Johnson Drums
Bill Ortiz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Karl Perazzo Percussion
Annie Stocking Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Hall Drums
Jon Evans Bass
Nelson Braxton Bass
Jay Wagner Organ, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicolas Bearde Vocals, Background Vocals
Victor Owens Background Vocals
Nicholas Beard Vocals
Reggie Reg Sitar
Technical Credits
Pete Escovedo Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Ray Obiedo Arranger, Engineer
Joyce Cooling Arranger, Composer
Roger Graham Digital Editing
Gary Mankin Engineer, Vocal Producer
Nelson Braxton rhythm track
Jay Wagner Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, rhythm track
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just play don't sing

    Please! Joyce is such an icredible player. I TRULEY ANTICIPATE A NEW CD this was a let down please just play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fewer Vocals, Please

    I have enjoyed her past albums, but I agree with the other review that the vocal selections can go -- or at least be limited to one, good, song in 10 instead of what, 4 here? She has a great voice, but I really do prefer instrumental and she's a brilliant guitarist! Best tracks are 1,3,5 & 9

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