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Burgeoning smooth jazz superstar Steve Cole continues to bridge the gap between pop-jazz and classic R&B on his third studio album, NY LA. Featuring strong melodic statements and truly funky keyboards via the likes of Brian Culbertson and Marquis "Hami" Dair, NY LA is a moody and solid affair. From the disco-influenced "Off Broadway," which harkens back to the best work of the Crusaders, to the Donald Byrd-esque "Interlude IV," tenor saxophonist Cole deftly crosses the boundary from jazz soloist to R&B heavyweight. More Grover Washington, Jr. than Kenny G., Cole manages to keep things organic and simple -- despite the use of programmed drum beats and synthesizers -- a lesson some of his contemporaries could learn. Also adding depth are the vocal tracks featuring the crisply soulful Mauli B., whose star-making performance on "Every Little Thing" is a highlight on this already stellar release.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624830122
catalogNumber: 48301
Rank: 64338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Cole   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Synthesizer Bass
David Mann   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Will Lee   Bass
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Ralph Rolle   Drums
Otmaro Ruíz   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Bernd Schoenhart   Guitar
Michael White   Drums
Charles Hines   Vocals
Khari Parker   Drums
Aloe Blacc   Master of Ceremonies
Mauli B.   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Mann   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
John Patitucci   Bass Samples
Brian Culbertson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Ned Mann   Engineer
Steve Durkee   Engineer
Steve Cole   Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Mike Fennel   Engineer
Eddie King   Engineer
Susan Youngblood   Producer
Stan Malveaux   Engineer

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