225

Philip Bailey: Soul on Jazz

By

Sign in to view read count
Former Earth, Wind and Fire multi octave head liner, Philip Bailey, continues to put the ingredients of both smooth jazz and soul into a shaker, giving it a vigorous churn, then pouring out his own special mix of R&B, soul and gospel with a dash of jazz. As on previous albums, he has recruited top smooth jazz apostles, the leading one being saxophonist/producer Bob Belden. Bailey also recognizes that he has to appeal to the younger set if he's going to sell his brand of music, which means a large dose of electronically crafted instrumentation. Consequently, the first cut, "My Indiscretions" has elements of hip hop built in as Bailey recites the lyrics while a bevy of background singers play Greek chorus - - not only here but throughout the session - - to make the transition from the spoken to the singing. Belden chips in with the instrument of choice for smooth jazz stars, the soprano sax. But Bailey is not about to get himself into a rut as he demonstrates with a swinging "On the Red Clay", with keyboard and programming support from Scott Kinsey, whose importance to the success of this disc can't be overstated. This track also provides room for a solo by a legitimate jazz instrument, the very good guitar of John Hart. There are also cuts that help establish that you can take the vocalist out of jazz, but not jazz out of the man. Bailey's falsetto rendition of Thelonious Monk's "Dear Ruby" (aka "Ruby My Dear") with lyrics by Sally Swisher is something to hear. Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" comes right from the church gospel choir loft, with a soulful alto added by Lou Marini. A prime cut indeed. If you work hard enough, you can block out the ever present boringly repetitive backbeat of Billy Kilson's drums.

This album is a staple of the Heads Up label which is fast becoming the leading vehicle for delivering smooth jazz to the public. This is one of their better efforts as the music has character and variety, plus the very significant talents of Philip Bailey. Bailey's web page is www. philipbailey.com.

Personnel

Philip Bailey.

Additional information

Title: Soul On Jazz | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Igloo

Tags

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Square Peg
Square Peg
By Dan McClenaghan
Read Fourth Dimension
Fourth Dimension
By Troy Dostert
Read Actio / re:actio
Actio / re:actio
By Friedrich Kunzmann
Read Peaceful King
Peaceful King
By Chris May
Read Brazilian Whispers
Brazilian Whispers
By Dan Bilawsky
Read There From Here
There From Here
By Friedrich Kunzmann
Read Earth
Earth
By Mike Jurkovic