This Must Be Heaven

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Don Diego's assertion on his multi-faceted new album that This Must Be Heaven is obviously divinely focused, but it could just as easily reflect the feelings of a listener seeking a bit of adventure in their smooth jazz. The saxman's horns are like swirling butterflies, genre hopping and jumping through different rhythmic hoops while never staying in one place too long. Doubling his alto for extra texture on an irrepressible hook, he carries the melody of the wah-wah punched title track over soaring synth strings and even a synth vibe solo. When he's not doubling himself, he's getting into push me-pull you oneupsmanship with no less than Gerald Albright honking and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Don Diego's assertion on his multi-faceted new album that This Must Be Heaven is obviously divinely focused, but it could just as easily reflect the feelings of a listener seeking a bit of adventure in their smooth jazz. The saxman's horns are like swirling butterflies, genre hopping and jumping through different rhythmic hoops while never staying in one place too long. Doubling his alto for extra texture on an irrepressible hook, he carries the melody of the wah-wah punched title track over soaring synth strings and even a synth vibe solo. When he's not doubling himself, he's getting into push me-pull you oneupsmanship with no less than Gerald Albright honking and swirling his soprano around Albright's alto on "Round 12 AM" and Kirk Whalum, whose tenor dances with Diego's soprano over chunky bass grooves. When he's not playing with his main inspirations, Diego is paying homage; "Mr. Magic...A Tribute" finds him approximating the gently bubbling tenor effect of Grover Washington, Jr. as party voices egg him on. He balances all the energetic fun with a few deeper thoughts as well. "Savannah" is a moody vocal featuring Wynton Marsalis, and more impressive, "Shanna" dedicated to Diego's wife is a nearly eight-minute musical love poem which finds the saxman finding darkly melancholic tenor edges over the subtle Hammond Organ fire of Tom Grose and a shuffling trio beat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: ICHIBAN OLD EMD
  • UPC: 706302495949
  • Catalog Number: 24959

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Must Be Heaven (4:48)
  2. 2 Love Star (4:51)
  3. 3 Savannah (5:16)
  4. 4 Have a Funky Day (3:39)
  5. 5 Shanna (7:37)
  6. 6 'Round 12 A.M. (4:05)
  7. 7 I Cut for You (4:32)
  8. 8 'S Nice (6:02)
  9. 9 Mr. Magic... A Tribute (3:51)
  10. 10 Kissing You (3:33)
  11. 11 Peace 2 U (2:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Diego Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone
Tom Grose Organ, Hammond Organ
Buzz Amato Keyboards
Butch Bonner Guitar
Rick Hinkle Guitar, Sitar
Wynton Marsalis Keyboards, Vocals
Count Mbutu Percussion
Lebron Scott Bass
Tyrone Smith Piano, Keyboards
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Williams Drums
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Keyboards
Frank Amato Keyboards
Joseph Patrick Moore Bass
O.J. Harper Piano
Terry Anglin Drums
William Swan Vocals
Al James Guitar, scat
Technical Credits
Buzz Amato Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Butch Bonner Arranger
Floyd Bonner Engineer
Wynton Marsalis Arranger
Jimmy O'Neill Engineer
Frank Amato Songwriter, Producer
Francis P. Dreyer III Art Direction
Edd Miller Arranger, Engineer, drum programming
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