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Praful, a German-born-and-raised wind instrumentalist (sax, flute, plus Rhodes and other stuff) now based in Amsterdam, has injected some much-needed punch into the sometimes tepid smooth jazz scene with his single “Sigh.” The whole CD is just as good, eleven acid/chill/smooth/funky songs that often defy description and show there’s plenty of room—and plenty of room—for innovative new music on radio. You know you’re in for something special when you hear moog, weird vocals and throaty sax during the opening song on the CD, “One Day Deep,” which gradually builds in intensity.
Praful’s Brazilian influences emerge on “Sonhar,” “Teardrop Butterfly” and “Inspiracao,” the latter featuring Lillian Vieria’s Portuguese vocals over flighty flute runs. “Let the Chips Fall,” the second single, is a funky ‘70s-like number featuring tenor sax mixed with Indian bamboo flute.
Going into too much detail about the rest of the recording is kind of like giving away too much of a movie. You need to experience this groovy, trippy and smooth disc for yourself.
Track Listing: One Day Deep; Sonhar; Inspiracao; Let the Chips Fall; Teardrop Butterfly; Morphic Resonance; Underworld; Sigh; Sinus Funktion; Corpo Suado; 196 Dawn
Personnel: Praful (tenor and soprano sax, flute, Wurlizter, vocals, percussion, Rhodes, keyboards, programming); Rob Gaasterland (moog bass, Rhodes, Wurlitzer); Dnaiel Testas (dub gear); Ted De Jong (tabla); Lillian Vieira (vocals); Jose Lopretti (bass); David Rothschild (trombone)
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.