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Club 1600

  • 1. Argentina
    2. Give Love a Chance
    3. Where You Want to Be
    4. More Precious Than Gold
    5. Whisper Goodnight
    6. Stay
    7. Spend the Night
    8. 1600 Broadway
    9. So Not So
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4206

  • Credits
    ProducerRex Rideout; Ronnie Garrett

    Personnel: Rex Rideout (piano, keyboards, programming); Vinx, Alyson Williams (vocals); David Mann (alto saxophone, flute); Roger Byam (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Roy Ayers (Midi vibraphone); Rohn Lawrence, Michael Campbell, Chieli Minucci (guitar); Ronnie Garrett (bass); Li'l John Roberts (drums); Carl Monga, Fred Berryhill (percussion); Shelene Thomas (background vocals).
    Personnel: Rex Rideout (piano, keyboards, programming); Alyson Williams, Wilson Williams (vocals, background vocals); Vinx, Will Downing (vocals); Chieli Minucci, Michael Campbell, Rohn Lawrence (guitar); David Mann (flute); Roger Byam (tenor saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Roy Ayers (midi, vibraphone); John Roberts (drums); Lil' John Roberts (snare drum); Fred Berryhill (percussion); Wlyson Williams, Sekou Aiken, Shelene Thomas (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Rex Rideout; Eli Lishinsky; Carlos Laurenz.
    Arranger: Rex Rideout.
    Although this album is credited to various artists, the real auteur behind it is producer Rex Rideout, whose concept for it was similar to that of the all-star albums assembled by Quincy Jones, such as Q's Jook Joint. In fact, in the publicity notes for the album, Rideout calls it "Q's Jook Joint with more of an R&B flava on the light jazz textures." The difference, in other words, is that Rideout has produced an album aimed directly at smooth jazz and quiet storm radio formats consisting of melodic tracks with percolating electronic rhythm beds and modest soloing that is more tasteful than tasty, plus, in many cases, simple vocal lines expressing romantic sentiments. Rideout doesn't have Quincy Jones' ability to summon superstars into the studio, but the talents of Roy Ayers, Randy Brecker, and Will Downing are on display, along with those of many less well-known musicians. Club 1600 is deliberately nothing to get upset about, but it will make unobjectionable listening for many a lazy Sunday afternoon and might even make a nice soundtrack for a romantic evening. ~ William Ruhlmann

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