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, September 18, 2017

Cabo Frio - Right On The Money (1986)

Smooth jazz in the vein of other groups such as Spyro Gyra or Yellowjackets with solid performances and production but only average writing. This album, the group's third but second on the Zebra label, has a definite late '80s sound to it (e.g., the title track). Except for the final tune, this thing's harmless - nothing outstanding but easy enough to listen to.

Billboard, April 19, 1986, p. 84

Looks like the group is still together, although which members remain from this recording? I couldn't tell ya, but it appears that drummer Curtis Kendrick is the one responsible for keeping going.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on the US Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart: #11
Peak on the Cash Box Top 40 Jazz Albums chart: #14

Tracks: My pick for best cut is Majesty*, but also good are Time For A Change and Sophistication. Vocals weigh down an attempt at pop/R&B cut She's The One but drum programming and an attempt at hip-hop/jazz fusion ruin the last cut, Working Out.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but for the true CD aficionado (which you must be or you wouldn't be here), the jewel case for this CD is one of those original old disc cases with "Patent pending" on the lower right corner of the back of the case.

*I can't find Majesty on YouTube, but that cut is featured in Dr. Smooth's Flashback #11, available on Mixcloud or on the JazzLPs website.

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