Uptown Groove

Uptown Groove

by Zachary Breaux



Guitarist Zachary Breaux, who tragically died just a few months after recording this CD (his debut), was a potentially great guitarist with a style coming from George Benson. In fact, his solos are generally more memorable than the purposely commercial material on this set, which largely consists of melodic, jazzy funk jams, usually with rather basic electronic rhythms. The cover versions of "All Blues" (which is given simplified harmonies) and "The Thrill Is Gone" (Breaux's one vocal) are lightweight throwaways, but most of the other selections show off the guitarist's obvious talents as a player; "After 2:00 AM on the East Coast" (a purely acoustic piece with a catchy melody) matches Breaux quite successfully with fellow guitarist Ted Dunbar. The final selection, ironically titled "I Love This Life," is quite odd, for it has Breaux interviewing Dunbar about his life over an overdubbed two-guitar quintet jam (which is sometimes too loud). Among the other guest musicians are flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Brian Bromberg and pianist Renee Rosnes. A diverse and sadly final statement from a fine player.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/1997
Label: Zebra Records
UPC: 0633014400223
catalogNumber: 44002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zachary Breaux   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Talking
Brian Bromberg   Acoustic Bass
Ted Dunbar   Guitar,Talking
Hubert Laws   Flute
Rob Mullins   Keyboards
Lee Oskar   Harmonica
Renee Rosnes   Piano
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kenny Davis   Bass
Luis Enrique   Percussion
Lewis Nash   Drums
Gary Herbig   Horn
Harry Kim   Horn
Neil Larsen   Organ
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Harvey Mason   Drums
Larry Nash   Drums
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Mark Portmann   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Rex Rideout   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Jeff Lorber   Producer,Engineer
Robert Biles   Engineer
Zachary Breaux   drum programming
Alec Head   Engineer,Remixing
Tim Latham   Remixing
Tom McCauley   Engineer
Mark Partis   Engineer
Mark Portmann   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Rex Rideout   Arranger,Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Ricky Schultz   Executive Producer
Eric Scott   Art Direction

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