Under the Influence

Under the Influence

by Kim Pensyl
     
 

Over the course of any artist's career, one simple question begs to be asked by critics and listeners alike--who are your influences? It's rare that one actually takes the time to answer the question in crystalline musical form, but that's exactly what keyboard whiz Kim Pensyl has done on the cleverly titled Under The Influence, which is cleverly divided intoSee more details below

Overview

Over the course of any artist's career, one simple question begs to be asked by critics and listeners alike--who are your influences? It's rare that one actually takes the time to answer the question in crystalline musical form, but that's exactly what keyboard whiz Kim Pensyl has done on the cleverly titled Under The Influence, which is cleverly divided into unique reworkings of Pensyl favorites (by the Doobie Brothers, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan) and flashy jazz, funk and blues originals inspired by their inimitable styles. Pensyl has shown that he can do just about anything when it comes to piano and synth tricks of the melodic trade, so this time, since he was reaching back anyway, he felt it only right to give equal attention to his first instrument, the trumpet. Pensyl is so convincing that, in some spots, you could swear you're listening to some of Rick Braun's best work. What makes this ingenious collection tick, though, are the unique arrangements as well as some stellar backup playing by musicians who backed up Pensyl in his college days. After doing the tried and true, picture perfect pop-jazz thing for so long, it's nice to see a performer dig deeper into the core of his art and execute a theme so joyously.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/1996
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351501929
catalogNumber:
5019

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Pensyl   Primary Artist,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Drum Loop
Pat Ankrom   Percussion
Chuck Bergeron   Bass
Jeff Ciampa   Drum Loop
Marc Copland   Guitar
John Fedchock   Trombone
Randy Mather   Saxophone
Kevin Turner   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass
Molly Pauken   Bass,Electric Bass
Steve Willis   Saxophone
Mark Copeland   Guitar
Reggie Jackson   Drums
Dean Congin   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Kim Pensyl   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Digital Editing,Horn Arrangements
John Fedchock   Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Jay Graydon   Songwriter
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Steve Willis   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer

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