CD Rhythm Logic (CD 946708), Audio Other
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Rhythm Logic

  • 1. Tuesdays Love
    2. I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)
    3. Logically Speaking
    4. Full Speed
    5. Fantasy
    6. You Know I Will
    7. Take Me Away!
    8. Portrait of Passion, A
    9. Beverley
    10. First Time, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 44018

  • Credits
    ProducerRhythm Logic
    EngineerMichael White; Michael White; Brian Simpson

    Rhythm Logic: Brian Simpson (keyboards); Ron Smith (guitar); Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass); Michael White (drums).
    Additional personnel: Maysa Leak, Bridgette Bryant Fiddmont, Alex Brown (vocals); Albert Wing (tenor saxophone); Andre Robeson (saxophone); Walt Fowler, Michael Harris, Rahmlee Michael Davis (trumpet); Steve Baxter (trombone); Brian Kilgore, Munyungo Jackson, Freddie E. White (percussion); Phil Perry, Liz Hogue, Kim Brewer, Charlotte Gibson, Bernard Jackson (background vocals).
    Personnel: Rhythm Logic (vocals, percussion); Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont, Alex Brown, Phil Perry (vocals, background vocals); Maysa , Bridgette Bryant (vocals); Ron Smith, Ron Smith (guitar); Albert Wing (tenor saxophone); Walt Fowler , Rahmlee Michael Davis (trumpet); Steve Baxter (trombone); Brian Simpson (keyboards); Michael White (drums); Munyungo Jackson (percussion, background vocals); Freddie White, Brian Kilgore (percussion); Charlotte Gibson, Liz Hogue (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Brian Simpson.
    Recording information: Assai; Studio B; White Lightning Studios.
    Before even listening to this newly formed foursome, I found myself excited with anticipation; two veteran sidemen who had stunning solo debuts on Noteworthy Records a few years back, keyboardist Brian Simpson and drummer Michael White, were back in the loop. Adding bassist "Smitty" Smith and guitarist Ron Smith could only make this a soulful, exciting jam, right? And calling the project Rhythm Logic promised a load of Well, sorta but not really. Bloated expectations aside, this is a perfectly enjoyable smooth jazz disc, only more smooth and cool than anything overly exciting rhythmically. "Tuesday's Love" features a beautiful Simpson piano melody and a Smith electric guitar solo that becomes increasingly aggressive, but overall the tune is pretty standard middle of the road genre stuff. Ditto the laid back "Full Speed" and the breezy "A Portrait of Passion," which finds Smith playing sweetly on the acoustic--but still with no real jamming intentions. Cover songs are way too easy a maneuver in trying to gain airplay, but sometimes a unique arrangement can spin the familiar in a unique direction. Not so here with overly faithful readings of Donald Fagen's "IGY" (including vocals and horns identical to the original) and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Fantasy" (likewise). This is the kind of disc that pretty much sums up the basics of smooth jazz without much adventure; everything is technically on target, and the melodies are hardly unengaging. But is it too much to ask musicians of this caliber to challenge us or live up to their clever group name? ~ Jonathan Widran

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