It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is

by Melvin Sparks

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Overview

It Is What It Is

Guitarist Melvin Sparks keeps 1970s-style funky soul-jazz alive on this set, which is filled with catchy grooves, fine ensemble playing, and soulful solos. Heading a quartet that features tenor saxophonist Joe Herbek (Cochemea Gastalim takes his place on "Charlie Brown"), organist Jeremy Baum (replaced by Adam Scone on two numbers), and drummer Eric Kalb, Sparks performs likable and very danceable music. The one fault to the date is the sameness of much of the R&B-ish material (the guitarist wrote five of the nine selections), but this CD is excellent for parties and as infectious background music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Savant
UPC: 0633842205724
catalogNumber: 2057
Rank: 69290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melvin Sparks   Primary Artist,Guitar
Jeremy Baum   Organ
Cochemea Gastelum   Saxophone
Eric Kalb   Drums
Adam Scone   Organ
Joe Herbeck   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Alan Gorrie   Composer
Melvin Sparks   Producer,Audio Production
R. Eli Ball   Composer
Malcolm Duncan   Composer
Melvin "Sparks" Hassan   Composer
Robbie McIntosh   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Tommy Tedesco   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Owen McIntyre   Composer
N. Armstrong   Composer

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