Midnight Passion

Midnight Passion

by Michael PauloMichael Paulo


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Michael Paulo's ingenious "Millennium Swing" on the saxman's Midnight Passion would have been the perfect party music to ring in Y2K with. Using the dramatic backdrop of the Johann Strauss theme made famous by the movie 2001 as a launching pad, Paulo weaves retro-soul and blues/funk keyboard flavors (alternating synth-created B-3 and Rhodes sounds) and wah-wah guitar clicks with brass flourishes and a playful call and response between his honking soprano and Michael "Patches" Stewart's trumpet. Then it's disco all the way with "YT," which combines a punchy drum machine, soaring tenor melody, and a synth string line that approximates the vibe of the Soul Train theme. Most of the other tunes are more typical of Paulo's previous catalog, a mix of easy funk grooves and dreamy, smoldering ballads that the album title -- which recalls that of his first album, 1989's One Passion -- would seem to promise. In looking towards the millennium, he seems to be surveying elements of the past three decades. Kimo Cornwell's Rhodes brings a '70s Crusaders flavor to several tunes, while "Struttin' With Mama Mae" combines '90s hip-hop energy with occasional bursts of the type of synth accents that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis used with Janet Jackson in the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/1999
Label: Noteworthy
UPC: 0783481990229
catalogNumber: 9902
Rank: 172996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Paulo   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carl Anderson   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Kimo Cornwell   Organ,Strings,Keyboards,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Lynn Fiddmont   Vocals
Ray Fuller   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tris Imboden   Drums
Dave Inamine   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Mike O'Neil   Acoustic Guitar
Dean Parks   Electric Guitar
Steve Porcaro   Keyboards
Land Richards   Drums
Kenji Sano   Bass
Brian Simpson   Piano,fender rhodes
Fred Schreuders   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Williams   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Michael "Patches" Stewart   Trumpet
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Dara Rolins   Vocals
Andrew Ford   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Paulo   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,drum programming
Khaliq Glover   Engineer
Sergio Gonzales   drum programming
David Williams   drum programming
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Producer

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