Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

by Kevin Toney
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Sweet Spot

As far as hip and funky smooth jazz keyboardists go, Kevin Toney may not get the type of press and exposure that Brian Culbertson gets, but he more than compensates on Sweet Spot with an incredible array of grooves and a soulful style rooted in a 30-year career as an R&B heavyweight. And groove-intensive it is, from the thick shuffle behind the dreamy melody and speedy improves of "Mister T" to the consistent throb (courtesy of bassist Mel Brown) on the jumpy and instantly hummable title track. Unlike many purveyors of his instrument who use guest sax players because it's more radio-friendly, Toney seems to basically say, "here's what I do, dance, tap your toes, listen to me jam, forget the horns." The one exception to this, the retro-flavored, joyfully discofied "Coast to Coast," is more of a marketing idea in that he defers to new labelmate Pamela Williams rather than an outside star. Tracking Toney's influences is fun, in that he goes from the ultramodern (a lush reading of the recent pop hit "Dilemma," featuring Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar) to a playful party tune ("So Much Fun") reminiscent of the Ramsey Lewis experience, complete with spirited background conversations à la "The In Crowd." Sweet indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351510129
catalogNumber: 5101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Toney   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Victor Bailey   Electric Bass
Craig T. Cooper   Guitar
Todd Hunter   Synthesizer
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Aaron Mills   Electric Bass
Kevin O'Neal   Acoustic Bass
Mike Smith   Percussion,Vocals
Pamela Williams   Soprano Saxophone
Lamont VanHook   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robert Turner   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Lisa Vaughn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernest Tibbs   Electric Bass
Kevin McNeal   Acoustic Bass
Carey Mason   Drums
Ralph Jones   Flute
Mel Brown   Bass,Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Bunny Sigler   Composer
Kevin Toney   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Bruce Ablin   Piano Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Randy Hall   Composer
Anthony Barboza   Cover Photo
Timothy Fielding   Tray Photo
Bossman   Engineer
Robert Turner   Arranger,Composer
Bam Bam & Pebbles   Composer
Ryan Bowser   Composer
Brent Robinson   Arranger

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