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by Steve Oliver
 
Acoustic guitarist Steve Oliver knows another can't-miss smooth jazz secret: if you want to create a killer debut, work with a slew of past and present Rippingtons. First View reveals a strong melodic player and composer equally comfortable on sweet little gems like "I Know" and the slamming razor sharp

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Acoustic guitarist Steve Oliver knows another can't-miss smooth jazz secret: if you want to create a killer debut, work with a slew of past and present Rippingtons. First View reveals a strong melodic player and composer equally comfortable on sweet little gems like "I Know" and the slamming razor sharp funk of "Happy Feet"; Oliver was able to bring a fresh new hip-hop feel to the silly standard "Midnight at the Oasis." Another trademark is his remarkable soprano-voiced scatting ability, which he weaves seamlessly into his guitar lines. Still, it's got to be a secure feeling having percussionist Steve Reid, saxmen Paul Taylor and Jeff Kashiwa, keyboardist Dave Kochanski and bassist Kim Stone helping out. The Taylor driven bridge on "Happy Feet" thrusts along like a classic Rippingtons' riff. The one area of departure from that Rippingtons' feel which Oliver could feel free to explore more (lest he always be compared to Russ Freeman) appears on "East Wind," which finds him right at home exploring more hard-edged blues flavors. Even if his basic acoustic sound is of the cool and balmy variety, he likes to surround it with hard-hitting grooves at times; "Happy Feet"'s foundation, laid down by Stone and aggressive drummer Dave Hooper, provides the perfect balance for Oliver's lighter touch.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/1999
Label:
Native Language
UPC:
0014062091623
catalogNumber:
916

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Performance Credits

Steve Oliver   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Tony Guerrero   Flugelhorn
Rob Mullins   Bass,Keyboards
Steve Reid   Percussion
Roger Friend   Percussion,Cymbals
Dave Hooper   Drums
Jeff Kashiwa   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Stone   Bass
Paul Taylor   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Larry Antonino   Bass
Dave Kochanski   Keyboards
Tom McMoran   Keyboards
Mike Broening   Bass,Keyboards
Theo Bishop   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rob Mullins   drum programming
Steve Reid   Programming
George Landress   Engineer
Steve Oliver   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Dave Kochanski   Programming
Mike Broening   drum programming
Theo Bishop   Programming
Steve Reid   Engineer
Chris Justice   Engineer

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First View 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lose yourself in Steve's work - versatile, creative, just downright fun! Steve plays the guitar like an angel and sings all those great notes and sounds you hear in the background!! And he can sure entertain an audience! His CDs are a delight to hum along to.