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Liner notes and other promotional material to the contrary, when it's all said and done (and heard), this is an album of smooth jazz. There's the never changing, unrelenting rhythmic patterns laid down by the drums playing around keyboards and electronic gizmos. Like rock players everywhere, these guys grab a hold of a couple of chords and never let go like on "Lone Star Boogie". The result is that matters get very boring, very quickly. Having said that, there are a couple of entertaining tracks, mostly where leader Joe McBride sings. "It's You" and "Howzit in Dallas" recall the Motown recordings the Jackson 5 used to make, but with less soul, unfortunately.
For the most part, this is the kind of music one hears riding the elevator or is heard in restaurants or sushi bars frequented by upscale yuppies who pretend they like jazz, but are adult contemporary fans trying to crossover. The music on this set is unoffensive and lack variety. It therefore requires little or no concentration. The appeal of this album will not extend beyond fans of smooth jazz or adult contemporary music.
Track Listing: Texas Rhythm Club; White Rock; Texas Twister*; Howzit in Dallas?; Everything Remains The Same; On the Money; Lake O' the Pines; Lone Star Boogie; It's you; Hot Chilli Pepper; Texas Blues Cruise
Personnel: Joe McBride - Piano/Keyboards/Vocals; Wayne DeLano - Sax; Martin Walters - Bass; Todd Parsnow - Guitar; Sean McCurley - Drums; Carl Hillman - Bass*; Rodney Booth - Trumpet; Greg Waits - Trombone; Bryan Block Brock - Percussion
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.