"...rather predictable background music, easy-listening crossover with touches of jazz heard in the melodic solos along with poppish R&B rhythms." --Allmusic
This smooth jazz supergroup (Bob James: keyboards, Lee Ritenour: guitars, Nathan East: bass, Harvey Mason: drums) isn't anywhere near the sum of its parts. Pity. Maybe they save their good material for their solo albums?
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #70
Peak on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart: #1 (10 consecutive weeks)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #15
Tracks: It's all fairly innocuous - nothing to love, nothing to hate - but the tracks that caught my ear this time around were Monterey, Li'l Darlin', and A Summer Child. The title track, an Isley Brothers cover with vocals by Chaka Khan, travels into quiet storm territory and was released as a single (#72 R&B).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but this is perfect "musical wallpaper" for my office.
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