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Peacetime [Chip Shelton]

  • 1. Imprints
    2. Nukes May They Rust in Peace
    3. Peace
    4. Man in the Green Shirt
    5. I've Known Rivers
    6. Cobi's Place
    7. Quiet Storm
    8. Woodine
    9. Down Home New York
    10. Peace (Reprise)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 444

  • Credits
    ProducerKenny M; Kenny M
    EngineerSal Mormando

    Personnel: Chip Shelton (vocals, flute, contrabass flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone); Chip Shelton (various instruments); Jannis Parker (vocals); Lou Volpe (guitar); Roy Meriwether, Jim Klein, Roy Meriwether (piano); Marcus McLaurine (bass instrument); Guillerme Franco (congas, percussion); Everald Brown (congas); Daoud David Williams (percussion); Gregory Bufford (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Tom Swift.
    Liner Note Authors: Kenny M.; Marcus McLaurine; Daoud David Williams; Everald Brown; Jannis Parker; Jim Klein; Lou Volpe; Roy Meriwether.
    Recording information: Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City, NJ (09/2005).
    Author: Arnold Jay Smith.
    Photographers: Dennis Woloch; Richard Conde.
    Chip Shelton's third CD for Summit covers a lot more musical territory than his first two dates for the label. Utilizing several different types of flutes as well as soprano sax, Shelton mixes post-bop, hard bop, fusion, reggae, Motown, and other styles on this disc, though not always with optimal results. The high points are more jazz-oriented, particularly his infectious driving opener, "Imprints," which hints of the influence of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" while retaining its own distinct identity, along with an explosive interpretation of Joe Zawinul's "Man in the Green Shirt." The arrangement of Smokey Robinson's "Quiet Storm" (a term that was, for a time, unfortunately used to describe bland smooth jazz) is more of a vocal pop feature for singer Jann Parker, though it has its moments. But there are problems with several of the other vocal features, particularly the quickly tiresome original reggae "Nukes May They Rust in Peace," the rhythmic but bland "Cobi's Place," and Archie Shepp's stagnant "Down Home New York," all of which feature Shelton's unpolished vocals. The supporting cast of musicians serves the leader's needs rather well, though it will be up to each listener to decide whether or not Chip Shelton attempts to cover too many bases in search of a hit. ~ Ken Dryden

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