Tide Pool

Tide Pool

by Tommy Jones
     
 

When a debut smooth jazz album is as alternately brilliant and maddeningly mundane as Tommy Jones' Tide Pool, some recommendations on what to leave in and out next time are in order. His vibrant classical guitar languishes too often in the service of pleasant and well produced but ultimately bland pop covers ("Tears in Heaven," "Somewhere out There"). Yet itSee more details below

Overview

When a debut smooth jazz album is as alternately brilliant and maddeningly mundane as Tommy Jones' Tide Pool, some recommendations on what to leave in and out next time are in order. His vibrant classical guitar languishes too often in the service of pleasant and well produced but ultimately bland pop covers ("Tears in Heaven," "Somewhere out There"). Yet it crackles on more challenging Brazilian and traditional jazz pieces like Luiz Bonfá's brisk and snappy "Morning of Carnival" (featuring an almost baritone timbre from guest tenor player Boots Randolph) and "Take Five," which he explores down paths more colorful than most versions. Since "Going Through the Changes," the jumpin' blues/jazz boogie which showcases Jones' witty repartee with pianist Bill Altvater, is the one tune here that Jones wrote, more of his original material would be a grand idea. Another concept that's a keeper is inviting all-star guitar pals like Larry Carlton and Chet Atkins to play. Rather than just use them for marquee value, Jones lets them act as harmonic counterpoint, either in note-for-note duet or as they trade off verses; on "Push 7," Jones balances his tight steel string with Carlton's potent electric lines, while Atkins' moaning Resonator Guitar notes call out subtly behind the warm tones of Jones' home instrument.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
ARTIFEX RECORDS
UPC:
0731001039828
catalogNumber:
398

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Tracks

  1. Groove Move
  2. Tide Pool
  3. Push 7  - Tommy Jones
  4. Only My Heart
  5. Going Through the Changes
  6. Tears in Heaven
  7. Morning of Carnival
  8. Somewhere Out There
  9. Late Again
  10. If
  11. Take Five

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Jones   Primary Artist,Steel Guitar,Classical Guitar
Chet Atkins   Track Performer
Larry Carlton   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Charles Dungey   Acoustic Bass
Gene Dunlap   Drums
Daryl Dybka   Piano,Keyboards
Viktor Krauss   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Boots Randolph   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Tom Roady   Percussion
Denis Solee   Soprano Saxophone
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Bergen White   Conductor
Tabitha Fair   Vocals
Pat Bergeson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Mark Burchfield   Bass
Bill Altvater   Piano
Bill Piburn   Classical Guitar
Chris Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Roger Nichols   Mastering
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Bill Piburn   Producer
John Hurley   Engineer

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