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Reach for the Sky [Alexander Zonjic]

  • 1. This Is the Day
    2. Far Away
    3. It's Too Late
    4. Angela (Theme From Taxi)
    5. I Just Wanna Stop
    6. Bellavia
    7. Hard Day's Night, A
    8. Reach For the Sky
    9. Swinging Shepherd Blues
    10. Amazing Grace
  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Alexander Zonjic (flute); Wendy Moten, Kevin Whalum, Herschel Boone (vocals); Kirk Whalum (tenor saxophone, keyboards, programming); Robert Tye (acoustic & electric guitars); Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar); Luis Resto (keyboards) Hiram Bullock, Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Jeff Lorber (bass); Danny Cox (drums, percussion, programming).
    Producers: Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Alexander Zonjic, Danny Cox, Luis Resto.
    Engineers include: Eric Moregeson, Jeff Lorber, Denny Jiosa.
    Recorded at Studio A, Dearborn Heights and Monster Music, Clawson, Michican; JHL Sound, Pacific Palisades, California; The Dog House and The Reel Thing, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Flutist Alexander Zonjic offers a strong mix of familiar pop songs and original material served in a great contemporary jazz setting on Reach for the Sky. Zonjic, who toured with Bob James for nearly ten years, extends his flute playing beyond the classical realm and brings its woodwind magic to a point where listeners can accept its resonant qualities in a smooth jazz context. The lyrically pensive yet soaring title track, his lightly grooving cover of Carole King's classic ballad "It's Too Late," Zonjic's breezy take on Bob James' "Angela (Theme From Taxi)," and the unique reading of the Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" form the most memorable songs on the CD. Kirk Whalum, Chuck Mangione, Jeff Lorber, and Kevyn Lettau all contributed significant compositions, but the approach and direction on Reach for the Sky reflects Alexander Zonjic's profound musical philosophy and songs listeners can connect to. This CD picks up where his 1993 recording, titled Passion, left off. While the latter spotlighted several musical styles and periods, Reach for the Sky pushes new limits and places a new instrument -- the flute -- at the forefront of the smooth style of jazz. ~ Paula Edelstein

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/01, p.110) - "...Interesting pop and jazz covers that make good use of Zonjic's warm, polished flute play..."
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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: Heads Up Records
  • Distributor: UMG
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: TODO
  • UPC: 053361306328
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