Urban Life

Urban Life

by The V.I.P. Club
     
 
Despite a drum machine-heavy production style, Urban Life, the second release by fusion supergroup V.I.P. Club, succeeds in no small way due to the organic '70s soul-oriented songwriting by Wolfgang Haffner. Haffner's songs combine the funky, disco-oriented pop melodies of groups such as

Overview

Despite a drum machine-heavy production style, Urban Life, the second release by fusion supergroup V.I.P. Club, succeeds in no small way due to the organic '70s soul-oriented songwriting by Wolfgang Haffner. Haffner's songs combine the funky, disco-oriented pop melodies of groups such as Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders with a contemporary, European production style not unlike the Brand New Heavies. Although these are primarily instrumental jams, background vocals are heard on a few tracks, drawing out the melodic lines and making for a very listenable session. The tracks also benefit greatly from the presence of trumpeter Till Bronner, whose fuzzy, warm, and lithe tone is reminiscent of Chet Baker and Eddie Henderson. Another standout addition is the trombone of Fred Wesley, featured on the Pleasure-ific title track. Other major guest players include Bob James, Chuck Loeb, and Roy Ayers.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Instinct Records
UPC:
0720841059820
catalogNumber:
410598
Rank:
174024

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

V.I.P. Club   Primary Artist
Roy Ayers   Vibes
Bob James   Piano
Pee Wee Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Lakatos   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter O'Mara   wah wah guitar
David Charles   Percussion
Jay Beckenstein   Soprano Saxophone
Till Brönner   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carmen Cuesta   Background Vocals
Mitchel Forman   Piano,fender rhodes
Ludwig Gotz   Trombone
Eythor Gunnarsson   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Nils Landgren   Trombone
Will Lee   Bass
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Andy Haderer   Trumpet
Wolfgang Haffner   Drums,Keyboards
Roberto Di Gioia   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Peter Tiehuis   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Marcio Doctor   Percussion
Eddie Greene   Background Vocals
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Pee Wee Ellis   Horn Arrangements
Till Brönner   Engineer
Mitchel Forman   Engineer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Klaus Genuit   Engineer
Dennis Wall   Engineer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Wolfgang Haffner   Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Mehmet Ergin   Engineer
Roberto Di Gioia   Engineer
Peter Tiehuis   Engineer

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