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Wilton Felder: Let's Spend Some Time

Dan McClenaghan By

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Wilton Felder: Let's Spend Some Time Wilton Felder, a founding member of the legendary Jazz Crusaders, presents his trademark smooth jazz sounds with a satisfyingly funky touch and laid-back soulfulness on Let's Spend Some Time.

The arrangements—not always a strong element in smooth jazz outings—have a particularly fine quality, an intermingling of sax/trumpet, synth and loops. The first two cuts, "Smoke House" and the title cut, as well as "Ooh Wop, Doo Wop" and "High Water," have the crisp jazz funk feeling of the late-Miles Davis/Marcus Miller teaming on the often overlooked Amandla (Warner Bros., 1989), with bouncing bass lines and intricate synthesizer soundscapes.

Felder teams throughout with trumpeter/flugelhornist George Shaw, who contributes some masterful soloing and duet passages. The saxophonist slips in a couple of vocal numbers: "As Long As I'm with You" and "No One," with A.J. Luke doing lead and background duties, giving the set a Curtis Mayfield vibe.

Wilton Felder moves smooth jazz/funk forward on this inspired set which could bring new fans to the genre.


Track Listing: Smoke House; Let's Spend Some Time; As Long As I'm With You; Ooh Wop Doo Wop; Cruzin'; The Love I Need; High Water; I Remember Chet Baker; In the Moment; Information; As Long As I'm With You (instrumental); No One; Where Love Comes From.

Personnel: Wilton Felder: saxophones; George Shaw: trumpet, flugelhorn, muted trumpet, keyboards, spoken work; Tim Heintz: keyboards, synthesers, syntesiser/MIDI programming; Chuck Rainey: electric bass; Michael Adams: drums, percussion, drum machine programming; A.J. Luke: all vocals and background vocals

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: BCS Records | Style: Funk/Groove


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