Uptown Groove

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Guitarist Zachary Breaux, who tragically died just a few months after recording this CD his debut, was a potentially great guitarist with a style coming from George Benson. In fact, his solos are generally more memorable than the purposely commercial material on this set, which largely consists of melodic, jazzy funk jams, usually with rather basic electronic rhythms. The cover versions of "All Blues" which is given simplified harmonies and "The Thrill Is Gone" Breaux's one vocal are lightweight throwaways, but most of the other selections show off the guitarist's obvious talents as a player; "After 2:00 AM on the East Coast" a purely acoustic piece with a catchy melody ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Guitarist Zachary Breaux, who tragically died just a few months after recording this CD his debut, was a potentially great guitarist with a style coming from George Benson. In fact, his solos are generally more memorable than the purposely commercial material on this set, which largely consists of melodic, jazzy funk jams, usually with rather basic electronic rhythms. The cover versions of "All Blues" which is given simplified harmonies and "The Thrill Is Gone" Breaux's one vocal are lightweight throwaways, but most of the other selections show off the guitarist's obvious talents as a player; "After 2:00 AM on the East Coast" a purely acoustic piece with a catchy melody matches Breaux quite successfully with fellow guitarist Ted Dunbar. The final selection, ironically titled "I Love This Life," is quite odd, for it has Breaux interviewing Dunbar about his life over an overdubbed two-guitar quintet jam which is sometimes too loud. Among the other guest musicians are flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Brian Bromberg and pianist Renee Rosnes. A diverse and sadly final statement from a fine player.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: ZEBRA RECORDS (WEA)
  • UPC: 633014400247
  • Catalog Number: 44002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breakfast at the Epiphany (0:16)
  2. 2 Cafe Reggio (6:06)
  3. 3 I Told You (4:29)
  4. 4 Never Can Say Goodbye (5:06)
  5. 5 The Thrill Is Gone (5:10)
  6. 6 After 2:00 Am on the West Coast (4:42)
  7. 7 All Blues (6:33)
  8. 8 Back into Time (6:04)
  9. 9 Uptown Groove (5:13)
  10. 10 Flavors of My Mind (4:19)
  11. 11 The 135th St. Theme (4:42)
  12. 12 After 2:00 Am on the East Coast (5:23)
  13. 13 I Love This Life (6:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zachary Breaux Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Talking
Brian Bromberg Acoustic Bass
Ted Dunbar Guitar, Talking
Hubert Laws Flute
Rob Mullins Keyboards
Lee Oskar Harmonica
Renee Rosnes Piano
Jeff Lorber Synthesizer, Keyboards
Kenny Davis Bass
Luis Enrique Percussion
Lewis Nash Drums
Gary Herbig Horn
Harry Kim Horn
Neil Larsen Organ
Steve Lukather Guitar
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Larry Nash Drums
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Mark Portmann Synthesizer, Keyboards
Rex Rideout Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Jeff Lorber Producer, Engineer
Robert Biles Engineer
Zachary Breaux drum programming
Alec Head Engineer, Remixing
Tim Latham Remixing
Tom McCauley Engineer
Mark Partis Engineer
Mark Portmann Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Rex Rideout Arranger, Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Ricky Schultz Executive Producer
Eric Scott Art Direction
Jon Russell Digital Editing
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