In the Park

In the Park

by Mike Gealer

CD

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Overview

In the Park

In a genre where so much creative expression sounds like similarly crafted radio fare and in which so many players who come along fail to stand out, Detroit bred saxman Mike Gealer emerges as something as a saving grace. A generally cheery composer who likes to stick to the upbeat and spirited, his tunes happen to fall into the lighthearted airplay bin. But stylistic diversity--which leads him on tasty ventures into everything from Latin funk to urban groove to mystical new age--rescues him from any attempt to pigeonhole. He starts out light and lyrical before punching up the pace and roaring through a tight, soulful playground based on numerous influences (notably, the driving "Hip Bop.") He romances a "Princess," goes "Dancin' in the Park" and contemplates his heart's yearnings before cranking things up again and "Drivin' Home." Among those along for the day on the playground, kicking up the ensemble action, are labelmate Gregg Karukas, guitarist Mike O'Neill, drummer Joel Taylor and the world class percussion fire of Munyungo Jackson and Efrain Toro. Smooth jazz needed to hear more from him but unfortunately, didn't in the late 90's.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/1994
Label: Positive Music
UPC: 0718257801522
catalogNumber: 78015

Tracks

  1. Getaway
  2. Take Me with You
  3. Father to Son
  4. E Z Street
  5. Catwalk
  6. Urban Oasis
  7. Hip Bop
  8. Princess
  9. Dancin' in the Park
  10. One Day Soon
  11. Crystal Mist
  12. Drivin' Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Gealer   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Cabasa
Gregg Karukas   Keyboards
Curtis Brengle   Keyboards
Gerry Brown   Drums
Tim Gilpin   Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Mark Matejka   Guitar
Mike O'Neil   Guitar
Joel Taylor   Cymbals,Hi Hat
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Warren Wiebe   Vocals
David Vasquez   Keyboards
Milton Nelson   Keyboards
Andrew Ford   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael McDonald   Engineer
Gregg Karukas   Producer,Engineer
Mike Gealer   Producer
Curtis Brengle   Producer
Tim Gilpin   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Lewis   Producer,Engineer
Mike O'Neil   Producer,Engineer
Paul Andris   Engineer
David Vasquez   Producer
Milton Nelson   Producer

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