Moon Bossa

Moon Bossa

by Julie Dexter


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Time has been much kinder to the '70s than the American critics who reviewed music back then. Many of the '70s artists who are now considered classic and highly influential received a ton of negative reviews in their day, and that includes everyone from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Chic to ABBA. If a '70s artist didn't make a lot of critics' annual Top Ten lists at the end of 1976 or 1977, that artist might be influencing an abundance of younger artists in the 21st century -- and there is no shortage of '70s worship to be found on this 2007 release by British singer Julie Dexter and Atlanta bassist Khari Simmons. The latter has spent much time backing neo-soulstress India.Arie, but the soul that prevails on Moon Bossa doesn't have Arie's hip-hop leanings. Instead, this pleasing disc favors sleek, '70s-style quiet storm with jazz and Brazilian overtones; the overall outlook is something along the lines of Phyllis Hyman, Minnie Riperton, Angela Bofill or Randy Crawford meeting up with Ivan Lins or Milton Nascimento (minus the lyrics in Portuguese). There is some acknowledgement of the '60s as well (one of the tracks is Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave"), and the sweet-voiced Dexter's performance of Basia's 1987 hit "Promises" points to the fact that Moon Bossa is not devoid of post-'70s influences. Further, Simmons' remixes of several of the tunes are mindful of the club-oriented downtempo and chillout music of the '90s and 2000s. But all things considered, there is no getting around the fact that this 59-minute CD offers a big dose of '70s worship. Moon Bossa doesn't pretend to be groundbreaking, but those who still cannot get enough of the '70s will find a lot to enjoy about the way Dexter and Simmons bring jazz and Brazilian elements to the album's retro-soul/quiet storm foundation.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2013
Label: Dome Records Import
UPC: 5034093412032
catalogNumber: 9341203
Rank: 262130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie Dexter   Primary Artist,Vocals
Raphael   Percussion
Sasha   Acoustic Guitar
Sid Gould   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dana Johnson   Electric Guitar
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Guitar
Andy Ross   Saxophone
Alex Lowe   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ken Gregory   Acoustic Guitar,Trumpet,Valve Trombone,Mellowphone
DeWayne "Big Du" Martin   Tenor Saxophone
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Keyboards
Mausiki Scales   fender rhodes
Julius Speed   Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Chelsea Marshall   Hi Hat
Alexander J. Lattimore   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Takana Miyamoto   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Melodica,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Khari Cabral   Synthesizer,Bass Guitar,Human Whistle,ARP,fender rhodes,Upright Bass
Forrest Robinson   Drums
Bluey   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sergio Mendes   Composer
Lani Hall   Composer
Andy Connell   Composer
Corinne Drewery   Composer
Martin Jackson   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Dana Johnson   Composer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Arranger,Producer
Peter Ross   Composer
Ben Watt   Composer
Alex Lowe   Composer,Producer
Landon Anderson   rhythm arrangement
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Arranger,beats
Danny White & Linda Nail   Composer
Julie Dexter   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Khari Cabral Simmons   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Takana Miyamoto   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Norbert Simmons   Executive Producer

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