Rhythm Logic is a rather typical guitar-keyboards-bass-drums contemporary ensemble, presenting a likable, if not remarkable, program of adult contemporary fare. Eight of the ten tunes are originals, the remaining two are well-known covers: Earth, Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" and Donald Fagen's "I.G.Y." (from his solo albumNightfly). The covers were included, I suppose, with the hope of securing some airplay on the smooth jazz playlists. They're very close to the originals. The originals, likewise, are competently done and listenable. However, there's little to give this band a unique sound or distinguish it from the rest of the pack, except possibly for the fact that the drums and percussion are all played by humans. (Zebra ZD 44018)
Tracks:Tuesdays Love; I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year); Logically Speaking; Full Speed; Fantasy; You Know I Will; Take Me Away!; A Portrait of Passion; Beverley; The First Time (48:08)
Rhythm Logic is Michael White - drums; Brian Simpson - keyboards; Dwayne "Smitty" Smith - bass; Ron Smith - guitar. Additional Brian Kilgore, Munyungo Jackson Freddie W. White - percussion; Maysa Leak, Alex Brown, Bridgette Bryant Fiddmont - lead vocals; Phil Perry, Liz Hogue, Kim Brewer, Charlotte Gibson, Bernard Jackson - background vocals; Walt Fowler, Michael Harris, Rahmlee Michael Davis - trumpets; Albert Wing, Andre Robeson - sax; Steve Baxter - trombone.
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.