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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."
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Performance CreditsGreg 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 CreditsBabyface 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!!!
album has good tunes played beautifully by greg. Wished he would have played a couple more tunes open horn instead of muted...