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The well-known session guitarist made some slow but steady inroads into the smooth jazz realm with two well-received albums, 2001's With Every Touch and especially Bringin' It Back, but made an even greater case for genre stardom with this beautifully played, incredibly diverse disc that features a generous 15 tracks and 70 minutes of non-stop, surprise-filled electric and acoustic action. While fitting right in among better-established genre artists like Norman Brown, Blake Aaron pays tribute to everyone from Wes Montgomery (the bright, breezy, radio-ready "Bumpin' on the Wes Side") to Thelonious Monk and Grover Washington, Jr. (the simmering and soulful "Harmonious Funk"). He really hit his stride on the fast and furious, intensely rocking "Baby Likes the Blues," a scorching track that would give Jeff Golub a run for his smooth jazz-meets-blues money. It's a bit ironic that Aaron named the first track after his obvious guitar hero, because as tasty and catchy as it is, he didn't start truly bumpin' till the more intensely funky "Come on Over," which pitted his crackling electric with co-producer Paul Brown's bright rhythm guitars. Brown also contributed his Midas-behind-the-boards-touch to the slow jam "Shine," which introduced listeners to Aaron's gentler acoustic charms and allowed newcomer Jessy J to shimmer on flute. As inventive as Aaron's playing was throughout, he pretty much stuck to the in-the-pocket stuff on most of the tracks (not that this is a bad thing!). Glorious exceptions to this vibe are the soulful, jazz quartet-flavored "In Her Sweet Way" (on which the listener can feel Aaron's guitar "crying"), and the feisty samba-lite of "Run Away with You." By 2007, smooth jazz was glutted with way too many cover songs, but Aaron managed to find inventive ways to express "Fragile" (adding a fun Brazilian twist) and Billy Preston's funk masterpiece "Will It Go Round in Circles." Overall, Desire was one of the genre's best releases of 2007.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
Label: Innervision Records
UPC: 0823118516825
catalogNumber: 203
Rank: 35842

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Aaron   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Guitar (Nylon String)
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alex Al   Bass
Paul Brown   Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Hussain Jiffry   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone
Otmaro Ruíz   Keyboards
Roberto Vally   Bass
Tom Whaley   Trombone
Roy Wiegand   Trumpet
Jimmy Branley   Percussion,Drums
Will Donato   Saxophone
Michael Whittaker   Keyboards
Brian Green   Organ
Alan Hewitt   Keyboards
Walter Rodriguez   Percussion,Drums
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Mike Todd   Saxophone
Adam Nitti   Bass
Steve Weingart   Keyboards
Christian Poezach   Drums
Jessy J   Flute
Mike Whittaker   Organ,Piano
D.C.   Keyboards
Jesse J   Flute
T.J. Gibson   Vocals
Brad Cross   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Billy Preston   Composer
Sting   Composer
Paul Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Coffin   Horn Arrangements
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Hussain Jiffry   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Jimmy Branley   Engineer
Will Donato   Horn Arrangements
Michael Whittaker   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Alan Hewitt   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Todd   Horn Arrangements
Andrew Bush   Engineer
Blake Aaron   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mauricio Cajueiro   Engineer
Peter Vidmar   Executive Producer
D.C.   Composer,Programming
John Zugec   Art Direction
Brad Cross   Programming
Suzan Smith   Executive Producer

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