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Even if this Chicago-based saxman has always been one of the most grittily soulful of today's top smooth jazz artists, there's always been the sneaking suspicion on his previous four release that he'd been holding out somewhat -- covering his truest funk-jazz with way too much slick pop sheen. If the title of this superior collection is indicative of the true persona that's here to stay, then genre fans will be in for a powerful adventure. There are none of those right-in-your-face catchy/fluffy pop hooks, at least not right away; a potent live ensemble backs the jumpy, David Sanborn-esque opener "Bounce," which builds to a bluesy jam with wilder playing than usual. ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Even if this Chicago-based saxman has always been one of the most grittily soulful of today's top smooth jazz artists, there's always been the sneaking suspicion on his previous four release that he'd been holding out somewhat -- covering his truest funk-jazz with way too much slick pop sheen. If the title of this superior collection is indicative of the true persona that's here to stay, then genre fans will be in for a powerful adventure. There are none of those right-in-your-face catchy/fluffy pop hooks, at least not right away; a potent live ensemble backs the jumpy, David Sanborn-esque opener "Bounce," which builds to a bluesy jam with wilder playing than usual. "Cote Seine" matches the hot modern chill vibe with some of Steve Cole's most low-key, cool playing ever recorded. Could it be he finally learned that less is more? He finally gets to his trademark horn texturing on "Curtis," but does so in the dreamy, retro-soul spirit of his hometown legend Curtis Mayfield. "Just a Natural Thang" starts with a strong pop hook, but its trappings are loose and bluesy rather than superproduced. Even on the more overtly commercial tracks like the disco-meets-Memphis-driven "Metro," Cole captures the magic of his fiery live performance. "Take Me" reminds us of the lighthearted singer/songwriter vibe of his previous CD Spin -- likeable but a lot less engaging despite a singalong hook. Most artists in smooth jazz achieve success with a certain style and formula and stick with it, lest they alienate radio programmers and fans. Cole has scored many hits while on the road to finding his true voice, and with any luck, he'll stay right there as the perfect antidote to his less imaginative contemporaries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 094635852226
  • Catalog Number: 58522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bounce (4:28)
  2. 2 Cônté Seine (4:36)
  3. 3 Curtis (3:52)
  4. 4 Just a Natural Thang (5:35)
  5. 5 Take Me (4:02)
  6. 6 Something About You (3:36)
  7. 7 Metro (4:20)
  8. 8 Closer (4:14)
  9. 9 Come with Me (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Cole Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer Bass
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Ricky Peterson Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Jeff Golub Electric Guitar
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Barry Danielian Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Levine Trombone
Richard Patterson Bass, Electric Bass
Bernd Schoenhart Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Logan Piano, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Gerey Johnson Electric Guitar
Khari Parker Drums
Dave Hiltebrand Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Bass
David Andrew Mann Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Steve Cole Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Craig Bauer Engineer
Rick Scott Publicity
Kent Anderson Management
Burton Yount Art Direction
Eddie King Engineer
Perry Greenfield Marketing
Paul Maslin Sax Technician
David Andrew Mann Programming, Horn Arrangements
Sandy Morris Groomer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Return to the Skyline

    Steve has returned to being the piper of the Chicago Skyline. I can now return to my car, find me a pretty woman, cut on Steve Cole's new album, drive down LakeShore Drive, cue the CD player to Metro, and go Whoooo!!!! Steve has returned with all his glory and splendor. I only wish Steve and Brian Culbertson would reunite. They are like Dr. Dre and Snoop, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. They are two talents that make things explode when they get together. Once again Steve has done his city proud. This CD is awesome and Metro has once again rocked the Chicago Skyline. The summer of 2007 will be complete because the City of Chicago will be on fire and Steve Cole and his new album True will be striking the match, So now everybody bow and pay homage to the man, Steve Cole, Whoooo!!!!

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