White Peter - Playin' Favorites (CD)

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    Categories
    JazzMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Jazz Instrument
    3. Smooth
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Playin' Favorites
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    827969499221
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Label
    Columbia
    Distributor
    Sony Music Distribution (
    Mono / Stereo
    Stereo
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    827969499221
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] The Look Of Love
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Deja Vu
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Mister Magic
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Lovely Day
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Crazy Love
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Sunny
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] For The Love Of You
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Hit The Road Jack
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] You Are Everything
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] One On One
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Look of Love, The
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] D‚j  Vu
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Mister Magic
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Lovely Day
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Crazy Love
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Sunny
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] For the Love of You
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Hit the Road Jack
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] You Are Everything
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] One on One
    Genre
    Jazz
    Release Date
    31 July 2006
    Country
    Notes

    Personnel: Peter White (guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, keyboards, background vocals); Peter White ; Kiki Ebsen (vocals); Paul Rayner-Brown (guitar, wah-wah guitar, drums, background vocals); Dan Higgins (flute, saxophone); Bill Harris Quintet, Sam Riney (saxophone); Don Harris (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Bill Reichenbach Jr. , Ozzie Melendez (trombone); Bob James (Fender Rhodes piano); Jeff Carruthers, Chuck Cymone (keyboards, drums); Herman Jackson (keyboards); Ramon Yslas (percussion); Roberto Vally (background vocals); Jeffrey Osborne, Jonathan Butler (vocals); Richard Elliot, Boney James (saxophone); Rick Braun (trumpet).
    Audio Mixer: Paul Rayner-Brown.
    Recording information: Funky Joint, Sherman Oaks, CA; The Cookie Jar, Van Nuys, CA.
    Photographer: Lori Stoll.
    Arrangers: Peter White ; Paul Rayner-Brown; Jeff Carruthers; Chuck Cymone.
    For his tenth full-length album, Playin' Favourites, British smooth jazz giant Peter White decided to, as the title suggests, turn to some of his favorite tracks from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, giving each of them his own interpretation (he did a similar thing in 1994's Reflections). Working with longtime producer Paul Brown, as well as musicians Boney James, Rick Braun, and Dave Camp, among others, White successfully turns the 11 songs on Playin' Favourites into instant crossover jazz hits. Mainly this means adding horns and keyboards to the background while the guitarist lithely moves around from the melody into lush improvisationally based solos, rendering them much slicker and smoother than they were before (although granted, he didn't have to do much to turn Bacharach's James Bond classic "The Look of Love" into something so adult contemporary). For many of the songs White chooses, the arrangements, albeit a bit sugary, transfer well, and create very soothing, clean pieces of music that could be used in any setting where being inoffensively unmemorable is a priority. But for his version of "Hit the Road Jack," though he uses just his guitar, an upright bass, some finger-snapping, and a male vocal quartet in an attempt to sound bluesy, he still loses a lot of the urgency and instinct that made Ray Charles' rendition so affecting and great. By moving from the soul and emotion of the late pianist and singer towards something more universally "palatable," White ends up not properly respecting the contributions and innovations Ray Charles brought to music, which is unfortunate, because honoring his idols was most assuredly his purpose in making this album. The record's not a failure by any stretch: there's still plenty of smooth jazz to carry the audience through the quiet hours of the day, but because Playin' Favourites is a cover album, and it doesn't do all of the songs included on it quite enough justice, it ends up falling a little short. ~ Marisa Brown

    Date Released
    2006-07-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Performer
    Peter White (Guitar)
    Producer
    Peter White; Paul Rayner-Brown; Paul Brown
    Artists
    1. White, Peter
    Duration
    44m 49s
    Engineer
    Peter White; Paul Rayner-Brown; Stewart Lerman

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