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by Jeff Kashiwa

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The liner notes on this CD refer to tenor saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa's Play as "a new creative direction in contemporary jazz." Nice try, but this music could have easily been recorded in 1997 or 1987 or even by Stanley Turrentine in 1977 rather than 2007. "Way Out West" even has a disco beat. Kashiwa plays well, he always did, but he seems only able to express one emotion which is why this type of "smooth" music is often called "happy jazz." Everything is so cheerful, vacuous, predictable and safe. The liner note writer acts as if Kashiwa is taking a big chance in stretching out on these selections, saying that he is "resisting the call to hold back on his chops in exchange of the Faustian bargain of nearly four minutes of dial time on the radio." But if that is so, why does every performance other than the brief beginning and ending tracks (which are unaccompanied tenor spots) clock in between 3:55 and 5:17? To be fair, the musicianship is fine, one appreciates the absence of drum machines and pseudo R&B singers, and this type of moderately soulful and moderately funky outing is no worse than that of dozens of other equally dull "radio friendly" smooth releases. But why pretend to be anything else?

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Native Language
UPC: 0014062096826
catalogNumber: 968

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Kashiwa   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Davis   Trombone,Horn Section
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar
Greg Carmichael   Guitar (Nylon String)
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Horn Section
Melvin Davis   Bass,Bass Guitar
Russell Ferrante   Piano,fender rhodes
Allen Hinds   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Dave Hooper   Drums
Dave Kochanski   Keyboards
Roger Burn   Vibes
Mike Ricchiuti   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Miles Gilderdale   Acoustic Guitar
David Andrew Mann   Tenor Saxophone,Horn Section
Greg Charmichael   Guitar (Nylon String)
Tim Stewart   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Richard Bull   Engineer
Jeff Kashiwa   Producer,Engineer,Author,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Dave Kochanski   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Mike Ricchiuti   Engineer
Joe Sherbanee   Executive Producer
Rob DeBoer   drum programming
Tony Grace   drum programming
Matt Parker   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Miles Gilderdale   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Joshua Blanchard   Engineer
Chris Hobson   Engineer
David Andrew Mann   Engineer,Horn Arrangements

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