Undercover

Undercover

by Paul Taylor
     
 
Not many artists would be bold enough to spend their limbo time between labels rethinking and reworking tracks produced by a legend like Maurice White, but Paul Taylor made the right decision refining four tracks on Undercover with the studio help of Russ Freeman. Redoing

Overview

Not many artists would be bold enough to spend their limbo time between labels rethinking and reworking tracks produced by a legend like Maurice White, but Paul Taylor made the right decision refining four tracks on Undercover with the studio help of Russ Freeman. Redoing the entire sax melody and groove pattern on "Movin' On," Taylor engages in a dramatic mood swing halfway through the song, moving from a laid-back shuffle vibe to a swinging, percussive alto over an insistent, electronic high-hat sound; Freeman's electric guitar adds a subtle emotional emphasis. While Taylor's last album, Pleasure Seeker, featured loads of attractive trip-hop atmosphere along with synth and percussion effects, sparseness is the buzzword this time. On "Ariel," his silky soprano makes a potent melodic statement that stands out far ahead in the mix from the barely audible, floating atmospheres, the hypnotic synth-bell pattern, and the water-drop percussion effects. Dino Esposito and Scott Rammer, who produced the last album, helm a few tunes here, but they don't overwhelm Taylor this time. A cover of Janet Jackson's "Velvet Rope," for instance, is trip-hoppy in overall vibe, but the electronic percussion merely pitter-patters gently behind Taylor's squealing soprano; Brian Monroney chimes in with a mournful steel string presence and synth vibes bubble in the distant background.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Encoded Music
UPC:
0026656420825
catalogNumber:
4208
Rank:
87424

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Taylor   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Michael Thompson   Electric Guitar
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Jimi Randolph   Drums,Keyboards
Dino Esposito   Drums,Keyboards
Scot Rammer   Drums,Keyboards
Kurt Jackson   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Composer,Producer
Bill Meyers   Composer,Producer
Rick Camp   Engineer
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer
Hyman Katz   Executive Producer
Paul Klingberg   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Oji Pierce   Producer,Engineer
Jimi Randolph   Programming,drum programming
Michael Angelo Saulsberry   Producer,Engineer
Paul Taylor   Composer,Producer
Wayne Vaughn   Composer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Dino Esposito   Producer,Engineer,MIDI
Scot Rammer   Producer,Engineer,MIDI
Kurt Jackson   Producer,drum programming
Russ Freeman   Producer,Engineer

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