Try Something Neu

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Clearly, the popular and versatile veteran Philly-based saxman was just having fun with his name when titling his third independently released CD, because we have heard every possible stylistic angle that a contemporary/smooth jazz-oriented saxman could take, right? The good news is, Andrew Neu actually does a few "neu" things that transcend what listeners usually hear on smooth jazz stations, mostly thanks to the stirring energy he creates with his three- or four-piece brass section called the Bright and Tight Horns featuring the saxman himself and his brother, trumpeter and flügelhornist Peter Neu. As on Neu's previous releases, a lot of promotional attention was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Clearly, the popular and versatile veteran Philly-based saxman was just having fun with his name when titling his third independently released CD, because we have heard every possible stylistic angle that a contemporary/smooth jazz-oriented saxman could take, right? The good news is, Andrew Neu actually does a few "neu" things that transcend what listeners usually hear on smooth jazz stations, mostly thanks to the stirring energy he creates with his three- or four-piece brass section called the Bright and Tight Horns featuring the saxman himself and his brother, trumpeter and flügelhornist Peter Neu. As on Neu's previous releases, a lot of promotional attention was focused on the big genre stars that guested on this infectious collection, including Fourplay guitarist Chuck Loeb the bright, bluesy funk opener "Chez Cool", bassist Brian Bromberg who adds bubbly coolness to the in-the-pocket, soprano-driven soul gem "Libra Rising", keyboardist Dan Siegel adding elegance to the lush alto tune "Open Mind", and Bobby Caldwell, who turns in a picture-perfect vocal on "Next Time I Fall In Love," the song he co-penned for Peter Cetera and Amy Grant in the '80s. But all those fall short by comparison to the blazing heat Neu kicks up with a largely no-name cast with the exception of producer/bassist Gerald Veasley on the single track that takes the disc from "good" to "beyond great": the explosive, shuffling horn jam "No Hang Tonight." The powerful, hummable brass hook sells it, but it's the soloing that sticks -- the wild key runs by Demetrios Pappas, the crackling trumpet of Chuck Gottesman, and the bubbling over by Neu himself. Harry "Butch" Reed's drums anchor the tune brilliantly and inventively. Everything else on the set is delightful, catchy, and well-played, but a little more of this kind of fire would have made this a potential classic. Of course, radio never plays "this kind of fire," so maybe to be really Neu next time, the saxman will just have to pretend airplay doesn't matter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Nu Groove Records
  • UPC: 893422002369
  • Catalog Number: 2036
  • Sales rank: 92,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chez Cool (4:36)
  2. 2 Libra Rising (5:53)
  3. 3 South by Southwest (5:37)
  4. 4 Open Mind (3:53)
  5. 5 The Way Forward (4:01)
  6. 6 Next Time I Fall (In Love) (3:49)
  7. 7 No Hang Tonight (5:28)
  8. 8 Wanderlust (4:41)
  9. 9 The Nut (4:05)
  10. 10 Try Something Neu (5:27)
  11. 11 Next Time I Fall (In Love) (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew Neu Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brian Bromberg Bass, Piccolo Bass, Upright Bass
Bobby Caldwell Vocals
Gerald Veasley Bass
Brian Culbertson Trombone
Chuck Loeb Guitar, Keyboards, Soloist
Demetrios Pappas Organ, Piano, Soloist
Donald Robinson Keyboards
Dan Siegel Piano, Keyboards
Joel Taylor Drums
Dave Weckl Drums
Dave Kochanski Keyboards
Rob Cochran Bass, Soloist
Brian Pastor Trombone
Gannin Arnold Rhythm Guitar
Mark Walsh Rhythm Guitar
Brian Dunne Drums
Harry "Butch" Reed Drums
Chuck Gottesman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Wendell "Pops" Sewell Rhythm Guitar
Peter Neu Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Anthony Bonsera Jr. Trumpet
Anthony Bonsera Trumpet
Dave Cianci Trombone, Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Brian Bromberg Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Bobby Caldwell Composer
Gerald Veasley Arranger, Producer
David Chackler Executive Producer
Paul Gordon Composer
Chuck Loeb Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Tom McCauley Engineer, Mastering
Donald Robinson Engineer
Tom Zink String Arrangements
Dave Kochanski Composer
Richard Waller III drum programming
Andrew Neu Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lucien Dowdell Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Andrew Neu - Try Something Neu

    Try Something Neu is Andrew Neu's third album and is definitely something Neu. From the first to the last track, it's going to have you groovin' in your chair if not up on your feet dancing to the rhythms. The thing that sets this cd apart from his last outing, "In Clear View", is the horn arrangements. The horn work has the old school feel of the Tower of Power horns and yet can deliver an orchestrational backup when needed or produce a jazz big band feel. One thing for certain......no matter what mode they're in, they never lose the groove.

    This project comes with guest appearances from some of the finest names in smooth jazz today. Kicking off the cd is Chuck Loeb, on guitar, sharing the spotlight with Andrew on a tune called Chez Cool. This track sets the mood perfectly. There are some fine exchanges between Loeb and Neu and some great supporting work from Demetrios Pappas on the organ.

    Next up is Libra Rising, a track written by Brian Bromberg, in which Bromberg handles the bottom end duties with solid bass work. This is more of an up tempo melodic smooth jazz track, with Neu delivering the melody and the horns, along with Bromberg, providing groove and support.

    South By Southwest is all Andrew Neu. It has catchy timing and a very cool break at midpoint where Neu displays some fine solo work. Then it's back to the melody and out the back end. From here we go to a nice laid back track with Dan Siegel on the keys titled Open Mind. Andrew sets down the melody and shares an exchange or two with Siegel.

    This next track, The Way Forward, is written by Chuck Loeb and is solely Neu and the horns. Andrew steps outside on this one and displays a very nice improvisational solo, while the horns provide support and maintain the gentle smooth jazz flow of this tune.

    This cover of the 1987 Bobby Caldwell song "Next Time I Fall In Love" is performed by Bobby Caldwell and sounds very much like the original. Andrew's sax work is a very nice addition to the arrangement. There is also an instrumental version on the cd.

    No Hang Tonight is one of my favorite tracks. It takes off with a Billy Preston style gospel flavor and goes into a large horn section jazz feel. It still keeps the groove with some fine keyboard work, a very cool trumpet solo, and Andrew's sax to tie everything together.

    Wanderlust is a song written by Neu and is another melodic smooth jazz track with a very nice flow.

    Back to the funk with The Nut. Here come the horns with some fine old school sounds. They do relinquish the reins to Andrew for some funky sax work, but they push this track from start to finish. What a groove!!

    Now for the grand finale, Try Something Neu. In my opinion, this should be the headliner for the album. It is the culmination of everything before it, in that it has a catchy flow, fine solo work, a great horn arrangement and it imparts a feeling of satisfaction that you'd only feel after having partaken of something very good. However, it could very well be the start of something very good.

    To sum up.....this is by far one of the best contemporary cds out at the present; however it is a very hard album to review in that it can't be placed in any cookie cutter mold. The dimension to the music in this project is incredible. I guarantee this cd will inspire you to Try Something Neu.

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