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Writes of Passage

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B00004ZDL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brett D. Cullum VINE VOICE on November 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sheila E was first and foremost a jazz artist when she began her career as Sheila Escovedo, a drummer in her family band. Here she returns to her roots, and eschews the sexy lingere clad funk songstress that she was in her Prince days to emerge as a serious musician. Most of the tracks are instrumentals except two. "N PERFECT TIME" is a spiritual song with vocals by Sheila, and then her brother takes lead vocals on the song "Rite to Paradise". It would be a perfect album if you want some light jazz to unwind to. It is not in any way related to "THE GLAMOROUS LIFE". Artists grow, and this is a new avenue for Sheila's talent. The music is all solid, and it sounds great! But remember this is a jazz record, and Prince has nothing to do with it. Though I am sure he would approve! I love Sheila, and this is a great addition to any collection.
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Sheila shows that she has a wider range of style than is probably expected of her. I bought this album knowing it was jazz, even though I am not a big fan of that genre. My first thought was "Sheila E. doing jazz?? That's interesting". I gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. She seems just as comfortable on this album as any of her other releases. I feel she maintains the quality I have come to expect from her, even if her last albums did not sell as well as her first two. She sets a relaxing mood with her smooth latin jazz sound, but in no way is her album "boring". I would recommend this album be put on when you want to relax, but still "get your groove on"!!
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After her 1991's "Sex Cymbal" I promised myself to never get another Sheila E's album... I broke this promise after I listened to some tracks on this new release. With "Writes of Passages", Sheila E comes back to her first love, the latin jazz-fusion music played by Azteca, a band led by her father, percussionist Pete Escovedo. Before she became a solo artist in 1984, she played as a drummer in this band and also in two more Escovedo's solo albums.
Trying a little bit of everything, Sheila E became one of Prince's most loyal player, joining him in 1987's project "Sign O' The Times". Since then, she released two top charting albums, some other works that didn't have the commercial impact of her Eighties' records, she played on Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's duet "When you believe" and finally join E-Train to release "Writes of Passage".
E-Train features percussionist Peter Michael Escovedo (is he his father? Probably), keyboardist Renato Neto, bassist Marc Van Wageningen, and saxophonist/flutist Eric Leeds, the latter being sometimes too present on this record, made of mixed Latin influences and mainstream jazz harmonies.
Sheila E did not forget how to sing and she shows it in "N Perfect Time", swinging a soul groove which turns the borderline between latin-jazz and pure soul to its thinnest. Other highlights include excellent "Passin Through", "Truth" and the name-says-it-all "Virtuosity."
Overall, this is a good album, but it lacks of experimentalism, and sometimes it is not original at all, even though the concept surrounding the train movement could suggest that "Writes of Passage" is a concept album. Well, it rather sounds like a movie soundtrack sometimes, but it's always very enjoyable.
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Concord Vista comes up with another winner, this time through the talent of Sheila E & The E-Train - "Writes Of Passage", featuring funkified, contemporary jazz excursion from the most prodigiously talented drummer/percussionist/vocalist on the planet.
With Sheila E's relentlessly funky grooves propelling her band like a musical locomotive, The E-Train - featuring Peter Michael Escovedo (drums/percussion), Renato Neto (keyboards), Eric Leeds (sax/flute), Marc Van Wageningen (bass), and special guest Ray Obiedo (guitar)...each track moves forward from the first note, with full steam ahead. Sheila is the spark for this musical journey, all musicians blend perfectly to the extent of tribal bonding, wonderful to see this in todays world of music...jazz!
Total Time: 44:33 on 11 Tracks...Concord Vista CCD 4934...(2000)
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Just got it today-5/3/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! :o)
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All aboard the E-train to acquire your writes... This Album This Album.... I own 7 Sheila E cd's and this is by far my most favorite. From the opening track trainacoming I am lost in the music it is all so relaxing and yet you can still jam to it. As a fan I must say that I am extremely proud of "my artist" her growth is just outstanding and it is so cool to see her grow older and listen as her music grows with her and it doesn't become old folk music or boring. It is just a vibrant as ever just shining a different kind of light so it is well worth it to by this album you won't be dissappointed...well maybe just a lil bit the last track trainagoin' is just awful...but only because it is the end of the album... I swear when I hear it I am returned to myself from a trance or musical journey once again thanks to the E-train... Buy it and see for yourself.
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