This Girl's Got to Play

This Girl's Got to Play

by Joyce Cooling
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This Girl's Got to Play

If you're one of those who immediately starts retching when the phrase "smooth jazz" is uttered, you might as well move on right now; there's nothing about the new Joyce Cooling album that won't make you roll your eyes and lunge for the off button. But if you actually enjoy funky jazz with great hooks and propulsive beats and aren't bothered by a nice, glossy sheen, you'll find plenty to enjoy on the latest album by this very fine guitarist, composer, and singer. Her sound isn't especially original -- you'll hear powerful overtones of Wes Montgomery in her solos and of Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton in her production style -- but her writing is inventive and hooky and her playing is expert and stylish. The album's less-than-stellar moments (a rather generic bedroom number called "Take Me There" and the quirky, quasi-autobiographical title track) are still quite enjoyable, and there are plenty of top-notch numbers to counterbalance the less inspired moments. These include the slow and deeply funky "Natural Fact," a fine vocal number called "No More Blues," and the subtly Latin bump of "Wizard." Very nice.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724359722528
catalogNumber: 97225

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joyce Cooling   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Pete Escovedo   Percussion,Background Vocals,Drum Loop
Ray Obiedo   Electric Guitar
Richard Aguon   Drums
Gary Calvin   Bass
Billy Friday Johnson   Drums
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Karl Perazzo   Percussion
Annie Stocking   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Hall   Drums
Jon Evans   Bass
Nelson Braxton   Bass
Jay Wagner   Organ,Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicolas Bearde   Vocals,Background Vocals
Victor Owens   Background Vocals
Nicholas Beard   Vocals
Reggie Reg   Sitar

Technical Credits

Pete Escovedo   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Ray Obiedo   Arranger,Engineer
Joyce Cooling   Arranger,Composer
Gary Mankin   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Nelson Braxton   rhythm track
Jay Wagner   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,rhythm track

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed her past albums, but I agree with the other review that the vocal selections can go -- or at least be limited to one, good, song in 10 instead of what, 4 here? She has a great voice, but I really do prefer instrumental and she's a brilliant guitarist! Best tracks are 1,3,5 & 9
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please! Joyce is such an icredible player. I TRULEY ANTICIPATE A NEW CD this was a let down please just play.