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Keyboardist Doc Powell produced and played keyboards and composed most of the tunes on the CD titledDouble Scale, yet his name appears nowhere on the cover. Perhaps he's still under contract with another label. Whatever the case, this clearly Powell's project, although he takes a background roll throughout much of the disc. Each tune features a notable guest artist, such as pianist Bobby Lyle (on two tunes), Chuck Mangione, Joe Sample, Tom Scott, and Everette Harp. Most of the program should fit comfortably on the smooth jazz playlists, which means that it's highly listenable, has memorable melodies, and while not terribly far-reaching or challenging, is nevertheless very competently done. (Windham Hill Jazz 11425)
Tracks:Locomotion; Southern Winds; Moving Target; I Hear Angels; Sassy; No Me Without You; Miss T.; Jungle Walk; If You Leave Me Now; Smooth. (51:43)
Doc Powell, keyboards, synth bass; Everette Harp, Michael Lington, Tom Scott, Gerald Spikes, saxophone; Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, Patrice Rushen, Myron McKinley, acoustic piano; Chuck Mangione, Oscar Brashear, flugelhorn; Marcus Miller, Byron Miller, Sekou Bunch, Reggie Hamilton, bass; Rick Lawson, drums; Amos Lucas, Steve Kroon, Munyungo Jackson, percussion; Tim Owens, Gary Taylor, vocals; John "Skip" Anderson, strings.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.