Hypnotic

Hypnotic

by Paul Taylor

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Overview

Hypnotic

On his fourth album, Paul Taylor calls upon five different producers: Dino Esposito, Kurt Jackson, Mathew Edralin, Jeff Lorber, and Oji Pierce. The function of these musicians for the most part is to create largely synthesized backgrounds for the soprano saxophonist to solo over in his familiar, melodic manner. Esposito handles the title song and "Flight 808," the first two tracks; Jackson does "PT Cruiser" (with Edralin) and "Sunshine" (on which he sings some bland romantic lyrics); Lorber is responsible for "Tuesday Afternoon," "Pendulum," "Come Over," "Free Fall," and "Palisades"; and Pierce is behind the board for "Dream State" and "Summer Park." Real guitars and percussion are included in the mix here and there, but the sound of the background music remains relatively anonymous, its purpose to provide a rhythmic underpinning and a little color. What matters is the saxophone, or rather the sax harmonies and sax arrangements for which Taylor credits himself on each track, which means that he frequently overdubs saxophone parts to create unison effects. His style is virtually indistinguishable from that of Kenny G, George Howard, or other less-well-known soprano sax practitioners, and the compositions, which usually fade out after four-plus minutes without reaching any climaxes or coming to any real conclusions, are just settings for his melodic musings. It's all pleasant enough, and any track will fit unobtrusively into a smooth jazz radio format, but there's nothing memorable here.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2001
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0013431850625
catalogNumber: 8506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Taylor   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Brian Monroney   Guitar
Oji Pierce   Multi Instruments,Various
Dino Esposito   Multi Instruments,Various
Kurt Jackson   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mathew Edralin   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production
Rick Camp   Engineer
Thomas Demman   Engineer
Oji Pierce   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Paul Taylor   Saxophone Arrangement
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Dino Esposito   Producer,Audio Production
Kurt Jackson   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Mathew Edralin   Programming,Audio Production
Russ Freeman   Executive Producer

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Hypnotic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never get tired of listening to this CD. It's fresh, upbeat. Great sound. Buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attention sax fans! if you're a soprano freak then you'll have to put Paul Taylor in your Top 3 list!Taylor's job as to distinguish from Kenny G and George Howard legacy is really accomplished as well as his finest choice of producers! One you must have!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Taylor knows how to make a saxophone sing. I heard him play the songs on this CD in person and he is absolutely fabulous. The music puts you in a great state of mind. I highly recommend this CD.