Consider This: Top Guest Artists and Surprises From Roger!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First things first: there are two lovely photographs of Roger on the liner notes which are very nice to have, since the last CD just contained an artist's rendition of Roger. And it identifies a Web site for Roger (which I have yet to check out)... So what do you do when you get beat in the OASIS Smooth Jazz Awards? Why, you go out and hire the guy who beat you to contribute to your next CD! And that's exactly what Roger has done, with award-winning Smooth Jazz artist Peter White appearing on Tracks 8 and 11 (he won four OASIS awards in 1999). If that's not enough for you, Roger has also recruited smooth jazz sensation Dave Koz (alto sax), who contributes on Track 3, "I'll Always Love You," with no less than The Temptations (honest!) taking care of the vocals.Then, just for good measure, you throw in the Tower of Power horn section on Track 1 for a smooth horns track: "Horn-afication." There they are: Doc, Emilio, Norbert, Churchy, and Iron Mike layin' it down! Iron Mike also has a mellow flugelhorn solo on Track 4, "Just for Love," the slowest track on the CD, but certainly not laid back! If that's not enough for you, add Tower of Power's Jeff Tamelier on Tracks 2 and 4 on guitar, Norbert Stachel on Track 9 on alto sax, and Norbert on flute on Track 10 (the title track), "Consider This." Then, just to kick it up another step, *ROGER* plays *flute* on Track 7 and *guitar* on Track 10.This is upbeat jazz, pure and simple. It may be labeled as Smooth Jazz, but there is nothing boring about it, at least like a lot of the stuff on our local Smooth Jazz station. Roger keeps the pace moving nicely throughout, and man, can he tinkle those ivories! I'm listening to Track 5 at the moment, "Full Moon," in which Roger just rips off a sterling, intricate piano solo followed by a very jazzy guitar solo by Thom Rotella. Roger has ORGAN credits on just two tracks, 2 and 10, BTW.Track 6, "Remember the Time," starts out with a very funky groove. Roger also has credits in the liner notes on six of the 12 tracks for bass. The bass line in Track 6 is very distinctive.This is GREAT stuff, folks! I guess we kind of presumed it would be, given Roger's track record and his experience on keyboards. But beyond that, there are some pleasant surprises here with guest artists, additional instrumentation by Roger, and an upbeat style that definitely makes this CD worth owning! And at 55+ minutes' worth, you also get nearly an hour of Smooth Jazz that is perfect for the office, background music while you are working at home, etc. etc. Throw in the vocals of The Temptations on Track 3, and you've got a really well-rounded outing for Roger. This one is going to get lots of airplay on the Smooth Jazz stations, I'm sure! I would have liked to hear more of that mellow Hammond B-3, but this constitutes pure nit-picking, and should not detract from a review to which I otherwise give a solid grade of A."
A Winner !!!
H. J. Sandford | Yorkshire, England | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was going to pen a review about this album but then I read the one above and was suddenly lost for the words. The music fan from Indianapolis said it all so eloquently. This is another well played album from my collection and indeed like him I'm playing the cd now. I saw a review of this album in the Jazzwise magazine which tempted me to buy this recording. It was somewhat of a gamble for me not having any other of his works. This guy has got real talent - where has he been hiding? My personal favourite is track one, again like the Indianapolis fan I wouldnt class this as smooth jazz, I would say its funky especially if the first track is anything to go by. I'm no expert by any means but I know a good beat when I hear it and this is good music.In essence a first rate enjoyable cd, I love it!!"