Midnight Morning

Midnight Morning

by Greg Adams
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Midnight Morning

Seven years after releasing his 1995 solo debut, Hidden Agenda, the famed trumpeter's interpretation of Sade's classic "Smooth Operator" is still an airplay staple at smooth jazz radio. Adams took a break from his usual session schedule with a who's who of contemporary pop music to release this long anticipated follow-up on his own independent label, Ripa Records. The incredible smooth jazz airplay success of its first single, "Roadhouse," generated a buzz which culminated in the signing of Adams to Blue Note Records. The incredible listener reaction to the song is no surprise -- its soulful horn section, performed by Adams and versatile saxophonist Gary Herbig, is reminiscent of the legendary arrangements Adams created in his many years with Tower of Power. With its exciting blend of cool, sexy ambience, gentle jazz, and intense modern R&B rhythms, the disc is chock full of other, somewhat more restrained tunes more along the lines of "Smooth Operator." These include the ethereal ballad "Andrea" (inspired by Adams' wife) and the funky retro-soul-flavored title track. His own composing skills are strong, but he knows the enduring potential of great cover tracks, offering strong twists on Toni Braxton's "Breathe Again" and the Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724354195624
catalogNumber: 41956
Rank: 148910

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Adams   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Marlon McClain   Bass,Guitar
Greg Dalton   Guitar
Gary Herbig   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ken Kessie   Guitar
Nick Milo   Bass,Keyboards
Kelly Moneymaker   Vocals
James Wirrick   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer
Marlon McClain   Producer,drum programming
Ken Kessie   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Nick Milo   Arranger,drum programming
James Wirrick   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Greg Adams   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements

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Midnight Morning 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely pleased to see that Greg Adams has released his second "Solo" albumn! After years providing us incredible funk with Tower, he has finally unleashed an incredible collection of what I think will be classic new age jazz tracks. The entire albumn needs to be enjoyed as a package. I took it to hawaii with me and found it meshed perfectly with the Island setting. Fans of Tower will enjoy many tracks especially track 10. Definitely recommend for all Jazz fans!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
album has good tunes played beautifully by greg. Wished he would have played a couple more tunes open horn instead of muted...