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Frankie V: Oceans of Dreams

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You don't have to think too much about this artist's choice of professional identity (first name ending with the friendly-sounding long 'e' and initial only in lieu of surname) to see what market he's aiming for. Frankie V is obviously trying to capture the flugelhorn segment of the ultra-smooth jazz market, hoping that potential listeners and buyers will make the imagery leap from Kenny G to him.

This stuff is so light and airy, so creampuff-sweet, and so completely safe and unchallenging that it makes Kenny G sound like John Coltrane. It may actually be too tame for elevators and dentist's offices. There are practically no traces of jazz contained herein; this is strictly instrumental pop/easy listening. Of the twelve tunes, four are originals and eight are covers of well-worn pop vocal tunes from the last three decades, such as Elton John's "Your Song," James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," Chaka Khan's "Through the Fire," and Lionel Richie's "Hello."


Title: Oceans of Dreams | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: VEE Records


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