In Hi-Fi Stereo

In Hi-Fi Stereo

by Mindi AbairMindi Abair


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After more than a decade of performing, songwriting, and recording, saxophonist-vocalist Mindi Abair has taken a step back from the more polished sensibilities of contemporary jazz and embraced the sounds of past decades -- specifically the '60s and early '70s, a period widely regarded as the golden age of R&B, soul, and funk.

"This album is a reflection of some of the older, more soulful records I've been listening to in the last couple years," says Abair, firing off a list of favorites that include Al Green, Alain Toussaint, Junior Walker, King Curtis, Archie Bell, and the Drells, among many others. "I think it all kind of seeped into me over time. I wanted to move away from a more produced sound and just get into the studio and play. It's a fun, feel-good record inspired by some of those great sounds and grooves from that period, but recast for a modern audience."

Co-produced by Abair and R&B mainstay Rex Rideout (who also lays down keyboards on nearly every track), In Hi-Fi Stereo includes a roster of players representing the old school as well as the new. The album is seasoned with a number of guest players: veteran drummer James Gadson (a frequent session player for Bill Withers, Amos Lee, and Nikka Costa), bassist Reggie McBride (Aretha, Rickie Lee Jones, and Keb' Mo'), Mindi's Berklee classmate and friend Lalah Hathaway (nominated for 2010 R&B Female Vocalist of the year), Ryan Collins, and David Ryan Harris. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2010
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0888072318373
catalogNumber: 31837

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mindi Abair   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Gadson   Drums
Bud Harner   Ride Cymbal
Reggie McBride   Bass,Upright Bass
Phil Parlapiano   Organ,fender rhodes
Rex Rideout   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Michael White   Drums
Randy Jacobs   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Smitty Smith   Bass
Stephen Theard   Keyboards
Lee Thornberg   Trombone,Trumpet
David Ryan Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Rodney Lee   Wurlitzer,Soloist,Hammond B3
Lance Abair   Hammond B3
DeWayne Swan   Hammond B3
Jay Gore   Electric Guitar
Jamey Tate   Drums
Jessi Collins   Background Vocals
Ryan Collins   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Woodford   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cassandra O'Neal   Hammond B3

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Lalah Hathaway   Vocal Arrangements
Phil Parlapiano   Composer
Rex Rideout   Programming,Producer
Stephen Theard   Arranger,Composer,Programming
Rico Bell   Composer
David Ryan Harris   Composer
Rodney Lee   Composer
Mindi Abair   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Richard Barron   Engineer
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Matthew Hager   Composer
Wayne Rodrigues   Composer
Jay Gore   Composer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Jamey Tate   Composer
Ryan Collins   Composer
Michael Gassel   Package Layout
Tyrone Stevens   Composer

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