Dance for the New World

Dance for the New World

by Rob Mullins


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Dance for the New World

One of the true unsung heroes of contemporary jazz, this diverse keyboardist has encountered poor luck with indie labels at almost every turn, building a frequently brilliant catalog that has never been properly marketed to the masses. If Zebra can't do it with this all at once elegant, funky, bold and often humorous dance, genre fans will be denied these pleasures once again. On a disc that incorporates rhythms of the world (samba, Latin, African), Crusaders-influenced soul, and a frenzied hodgepodge sampling tune called "Mullins World" which tries to make sense of the frenzied age of the information superhighway, the one remarkable consistency is the smart way Mullins interacts with horns. He and Wilton Felder capture a "Mercy Mercy Mercy" like vibe on the opener, "Obsession"; Eric Marienthal matches him note for note on the Latin sizzler "Island Girls"; Hollis Gentry's soprano adds eloquence to the laid back "Wednesday"; Greg Vail's tenor parties hard with Mullins on the one true relentless funk piece, "Bustin' Out"; and Tony Guerrero's real trumpet plays along with Mullins' keyboard horns on "To Begin Again." Pretty impressive collaborations, but Mullins saves his greatest duet for the urban-flavored title cut, which breaks in the middle for a transcendant solo by Mark Cargill after the two have already played in unison. Mullins' liner notes inform us that this disc is his attempt to reflect the craziness of the modern world, and he musically captures that vibe without getting self indulgent or inaccessible. Happily, he also finds a a moment in the madness for an affair of the heart, on the closing piano solo, "House of Broken Dreams."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/1997
Label: Zebra Records
UPC: 0633014400629
catalogNumber: 44006

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rob Mullins   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Rhythm,Sampling,fender rhodes,Spoken Word
Brenda Russell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet,Bugle
Alex Al   Bass
Byron Bordeaux   Guitar,scat
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Mark Cargill   Violin
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Eric Marienthal   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eric McCaine   Percussion
Greg Vail   Tenor Saxophone
Valerie Watson   Vocals,Background Vocals,scat,Vocal Ad-Libs
Gerald McCauley   Vocals
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Adwin Brown   Vocals,Spoken Word
Carla Collins   Background Vocals
Chuck Mills   Guitar

Technical Credits

Brenda Russell   Vocal Arrangements
Rob Mullins   Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Sample Organization
David Rideau   Engineer
Eric Scott   Art Direction
Gerald McCauley   Vocal Arrangements
Andrew Wernick   Paintings

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