This versatile Canadian-born guitarist helped open Disney World's Pleasure Island Jazz Company and continues to perform there, so it's no surprise that his debut recording is mostly chipper musical optimism in the smooth-jazz vein. Though he could benefit from more live drums, Sabler wins both heart and feet with easy on the ears, lighthearted melodies mixed with solid rock/jazz playing skills. The opening title track captures this vibe perfectly, with crisp playing, a bouncing groove and bright soloing. Allon Sams, one of the producers, is also aces on a lush keyboard solo, and it's a blast hearing them jam towards the end of the tune. "Midnight Reflections" shows the other side of Sabler's scope, a more heartfelt acoustic side; the ambient tune is less compelling but still agreeable. "Crystal Heart" displays his sweet acoustic wares even better. Still, many of the songs have a "geared towards smooth jazz radio" quality to them, which makes for a great listen but not much innovation. It's nice to see that Sabler breaks from all this playing it safe right in the middle with the edgy, explosive pop-fusion jam "Dog Pound."
Performance CreditsSabler Primary Artist,Guitar
Phil Brown Flute
Tony Campbell Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Reuben Drake Bass
Joe Renda Drums
Iraj Lashkaryl Percussion
Allon Sams Keyboards
Gene Cannon Saxophone
Technical CreditsMaurice White Composer
P.C. Bailey Composer
Tony Campbell Programming,Producer,Engineer
Barry Conley Engineer
Henry Grumpo Marx Executive Producer
Charles Stepney Composer
Sabler Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Allon Sams Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Marty Rosamond Graphic Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bridge the Gap based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is my third cd from Les Sabler, and I never tire of his well stated writing and emotive mastery of his instrument.As a musician myself,I usually tire quickly of the albums I purchase, but Sabler's songs remain fresh to me,and his are some of the very few album's that I own that my wife likes also!