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Simple Truth

  • 1. 3-Day Weekend
    2. Voices
    3. Show Me Love
    4. Quiet Goodbye, A
    5. Good Life, The
    6. Simple Truth
    7. Mediterranean Nights Intro
    8. Mediterranean Nights
    9. Something About You
    10. Thanks to You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 926

  • Credits
    ProducerChuck Loeb; Dave Kochanski; Jeff Kashiwa

    Personnel includes: Jeff Kashiwa (alto & tenor saxophones); Dave Kochanski (tenor saxophone, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, bass, programming); David Mann (tenor saxophone); Barry Danielian (trumpet); Michael Davis (trombone); Mark Ellis Stephens (piano, Moog synthesizer); Allen Hinds (acoustic & electric guitars); Chuck Loeb (classical guitar); Melvin Davis (bass); Dave Hooper (drums); Steve Reid (percussion).
    Recorded in Bonn, Germany, Jeff Kashiwa's second release for the Native Language label, Simple Truth, documents ten fresh songs written by Kashiwa and Dave Kochanski. On Simple Truth, the highly popular smooth jazz saxophonist is joined by members of his Coastal Access band and also features fellow ex-Rippington bandmate Steve Reid. Here, Kashiwa illustrates his highly acclaimed lyrical technique of playing and collaborates with the award-winning producer Chuck Loeb, using smooth jazz, traditional jazz, and funky grooves. The vast experience of Loeb is readily apparent on such great songs as "3-Day Weekend" a bright, brassy, song with a soulful blues groove; "Mediterranean Nights"; the solemn "A Quiet Goodbye"; and "The Good Life." Loeb's creative arrangements of "Simple Truth" and "Thanks to You" allow Jeff Kashiwa to showcase his sensitive and soft sides, as well as his wonderfully melodic interpretations for romantic-natured listeners. With Simple Truth, Loeb has laid a strong foundation for Jeff Kashiwa to deepen his stake in smooth jazz territory and to reign among the smooth jazz elite. Its incredible improvisations and joyous jams are highlights that push this CD past that of his previous release, Another Door Opens. ~ Paula Edelstein

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