Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Urban Knights (1995)

The Urban Knights is an all-star jazz group featuring pianist Ramsey Lewis, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., drummer Omar Hakim, and bassist Victor Bailey. On their debut release, the group gets help from Freddie Hubbard, Maurice White (of EW&F) and The Emotions. With all that firepower, this disc should be better than it is. It's nice enough, but I was hoping for spectacular. While the album is stylistically inconsistent, the only true missteps are when they try their hand at hip-hop.

Tracks: Most of the tracks are easy to listen to, except for Chill. I don't even mind the needless vocal tracks or the cheesy early '90s synth sounds present throughout. Highlights are The Rose (don't worry, it's not a Bette Midler cover) and a fun cover of EW&F's Wanna Be With You.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but if the price sticker on the CD case is to believed, I got this on clearance for only $2!

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