Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Earl Klugh would be the first to admit he's not really a jazz musician but rather a pop instrumentalist. His strength has always been his ability to compose catchy melodies and then play them with arpeggio-styled harmonies... more »
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Earl Klugh would be the first to admit he's not really a jazz musician but rather a pop instrumentalist. His strength has always been his ability to compose catchy melodies and then play them with arpeggio-styled harmonies on his acoustic guitar. His weakness has always been a gooey sentimentality that tends to surround his melodies with kitschy, melodramatic arrangements. "Across the Sand," the tune which opens and closes the album, begins with a watered-down Central African drum pattern and then adds a South African vocal harmony (sung by the gospel group Commissioned) before Klugh enters and plays a pretty guitar line over synth padding. The melody is diverting, but it never builds and the setting is so carefully inoffensive that the whole thing is soon forgotten. The album's title track is a more traditional uptempo fusion outing but slips just as quickly from mind. So do the romantic ballads, "Far from Home" and "The Highway Song," which feature saxophonist Ray Manzerolle. Drummer Gene Dunlap, who has played on 10 Klugh albums including Move, has a new recording of his own, Groove with You. Dunlap's longtime employer contributes pretty guitar-picking to a remake of the old War instrumental, "City, Country, City," and to the Brazilian-flavored "The Little Ones." Manzerolle plays reeds on all 11 cuts, and Patrice Rushen adds a piano solo to the hip-hop-influenced "Briana Rence." Dunlap distinguishes himself from Klugh by emphasizing R&B rhythms more than pop melodies, but the easy-listening approach to inconsequential instrumental music remains the same. --Geoffrey Himes
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corrina_j | United States | 07/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this album is one that can be appreciated by jazz and non-jazz lovers alike. Anyone who appreciates music of any kind can fall in love with this album. I've been listening to this album since my dad bought it 7 yrs. ago. I'm 16 now. Being exposed to this music at a young age instilled in me love of not only jazz but all genres of music. As the reviewers have said before this album really does move you. It just makes you feel good. You can't listen to this without a smile spreading over your face. It's the kind of album that gives you shivers because it's so good. You won't have any regrets after listening."
Very refreshing music
Yahiko | 10/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD really opened me up to a new world of guitar. This is the first smooth jazz CD I've ever had. My grandpa dug out an old dusty box of CDs and at the very bottom of the box was this. He played Across the Sand for me and it blew me away. The beats and vocals and guitar are just awesome.
This is a fantasic collection of easy going and catchy beats with wonderfully varied vocals. I just love the singing without using words. The only singing with actual words is in Doin' It, which is still a kickin song. The guitar is smooth and refreshing, especially if you want to hear great guitar without distortion or other effects. Just the smooth sound of a classical guitar in the mellow grooves of Earl Klugh's music. I can easily listen to this CD the whole way through. I do it all the time while I'm reading, on the internet, or whatever. The transitions from song to song were done nicely and the choice of Across the Sand 2 as the ending song was a perfect idea. It leaves you enjoying every last second of it as that last song fades out."
michaeleve | 12/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What do you want music to do for you? Most everybody wants music that has some emotional appeal or moves them somehow. Sure it's subjective, a matter of taste and very individualistic but I would find it hard to believe that there isn't something in this Klugh album that strikes a responsive chord in all of us. This however is not classical jazz. It's not heavy, smoky or moody. It is pop jazz and so be it. Easy listening, Sunday afternoon, breezy feeling, light jazz. The songs may not stay with you long and the rhythm may be quickly forgotten but while you're listening you are in another place and I'll bet that 'Across the Sand' 'Tiptoein' 'Big Turtle River' and 'Doin It' will have you Moving in no time. All in all a fine collection of work by Earl Klugh and a thorougly enjoyable listening experience."