West of Westchester

West of Westchester

by Dotsero
     
 

The Denver-based trio Dotsero has been part of the smooth jazz landscape since the early days (making their debut in 1990), but despite a handful of picture-perfect efforts, the band has rarely received the popularity its music is due. All that should change with West of Westchester, their debut for Russ Freeman's Peak label, which was…  See more details below

Overview

The Denver-based trio Dotsero has been part of the smooth jazz landscape since the early days (making their debut in 1990), but despite a handful of picture-perfect efforts, the band has rarely received the popularity its music is due. All that should change with West of Westchester, their debut for Russ Freeman's Peak label, which was produced by the Rippingtons leader. Freeman adds numerous exotic and electronic effects to Dotsero's core sound of light-hearted melodies driven by Michael Friedman's plucky bass frolicking beneath Stephen Watts' optimistic sax lines. The title track, a cover of a classic Bob James tune, begins with a feisty blend of David Watts' echoing wah-wah guitar and trip-hoppy drum'n'bass percussion over Kip Kuepper's hypnotic electric keyboard riffs. Watts' rich alto melody on "Lodo Mojo" is backed by more wah-wah echo and a dreamy ambience, all enhanced by a shaker percussion groove. Freeman also helps Dotsero dig a bit deeper than their usual happy-go-lucky, bouncy, and cheerful demeanor. "Then There Was You" features a more robust, simmering approach (which is then doubled for maximum effect) from Watts and a thick, slower moving, thoughtful bassline from Friedman. Though Kuepper is not an official member, the Dotsero boys defer to him quite frequently, allowing him to stretch out and improvise on electric piano for a Crusaders-like retro effect on "Lodo Mojo." They also stand back and let Bill Heller, who composed the lively "Off Shore," open that tune with a playful melody for a good minute before Watts feels obligated to chime in.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2000
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0013431850120
catalogNumber:
8501
Rank:
238015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dotsero   Primary Artist
Michael Friedman   Bass
Bill Heller   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kip Kuepper   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
David Watts   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steven Watts   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,EWI
Kurt Jackson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Russ Freeman   Producer
Bob James   Composer
Bill Heller   Programming,Producer
Kip Kuepper   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Alexis Davis   Product Development
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Nick Sodano   Producer,Engineer
Kurt Jackson   Producer
Stephen Watts   Composer

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