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Greg Chambers: saxophone, acoustic and electric piano, organ, synthesizers, string arrangements, drum programming, and vocals/metal trash cans on Street Noise
Paul Neal: steel and nylon string guitars, electric guitar, and double bass on Sweet Dream
Andrew Beal: acoustic guitar on Here With You
Vijay Chalasani: viola on Sweet Dream
Shahien Shahkar: electric bass
All songs written by Greg Chambers (BMI) except Sweet Dream and Try Again.
Sweet Dream written by Richard Elliot and published by Cozumel Music/EMI Blackwood Music (BMI).
Try Again written by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, and Richard Hughes, and published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
All tracks recorded and mixed by Greg Chambers.
Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc Mastering.
Album Photography and Design by Tammy Bicknell.
Back in 2007, I described City Lights by sax man Greg Chambers as an album different enough to get him noticed. It was a rarified blend of the classical with the contemporary and now he is back with another innovative (and this time self titled) offering. In fact Chambers is far from being your regulation smooth jazz musician. With a resume that includes a parallel project with his own jazz quartet and work with the Aspen Festival Orchestra he is well placed to push the musical envelope. Indeed, with six of his own compositions, plus covers of Richard Elliot's Sweet Dream and the Keane hit Try Again, this is exactly what he has done.
His sensitive handling of the stunningly beautiful Try Again is really quite special while Ocean View (which incidentally is the first single to be serviced to radio) makes an early nod to classical undertones before luxuriating in a rock steady beat that still affords Chambers adequate room to experiment. Elsewhere the paradox that is Greg Chambers is further compounded the compelling techno vibe of the feisty Sapphire which sits in magical contrast to Elliot's Sweet Dream that Chambers uses to tenderly tug at the heartstrings.
Interlude builds a mellow yet totally absorbing bridge to Street Noise which for a player who does not routinely do funk comes pretty close. However, in doing so, the tune never looses the essence what Chambers playing is really all about and, although Here With You proves to be a mellifluous charmer, he closes out this fine collection with Studio 8 where a thumping bass line and engagingly quirky production will live long in the memory. --Denis Poole- Smooth Jazz Therapy
Top Customer Reviews
I love the smooth vibe of Sweet Dream and the venture into a blend of raw jazz and a techno beat.
Definitely a must addition to any music collection