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Ed Calle: Sunset Harbor

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Lovers of Kenny G. and smooth jazz may find Sunset Harbor to be a nice place to visit—I did not. Although tenor saxophonist Ed Calle has worked with some recognizable talents over the years, Gloria Estefan, Bob James, Julio Iglesias, etc., I find nothing distinctive or original in his playing or his compositions. This is standard Latin-influenced, feel-good fare, sweetened by this genres ubiquitous vocal choir and heavy doses of layered synths. Sorry Ed, but I won't be docking at this port again anytime soon. (**)

Track Listing: Strollin

Personnel: Ed Calle- soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, alto flute, EWI, vocals, synthesizer bass; Paquito Hechavarria- acoustic piano; Jim Gasior, Mike Levine, Doug Emery, Steve Roitstein- keyboards, synthesizers; Dan Warner, Lindsey Blair, Rene Luis Toledo, Hiram Bullock, Tommy Anthony- guitar; Julio Hernandez, Rafael Valencia- electric bass; Tim Devine, Lee Levin- drum programming; Richard Bravo- percussion; Sam Levine- triangle; Arturo Sandoval, Tony Concepcion, Jim Hacker, Jason Carder, Alan Hood- trumpet; Dana Teboe, John Hutchison, John Kricker- trombone; Joe Barati- bass trombone; Wendy Pederson, George Noriega, Rita Quintero, Tommy Anthony- vocals.

Title: Sunset Harbor | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Concord Music Group


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