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Eric Marienthal - Walk Tall: Tribute To Cannonball Adderley (1998)

8-09-2016, 17:41
Jazz | Smooth Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Walk Tall: Tribute To Cannonball Adderley
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Verve
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 55:18 min
Total Size: 351 MB / 141 MB


01. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy [05:24]
02. Work Song [04:23]
03. Walk Tall [04:39]
04. Skylark [03:31]
05. Imagine That [04:34]
06. The Way You Look Tonight [05:30]
07. Here In My Heart [04:37]
08. Sunstone [04:23]
09. If You Need Me To [03:30]
10. Country Preacher [05:28]
11. Unit 7 [05:01]
12. Groove Runner [04:13]


Eric Marienthal (soprano & alto saxophones);
Philip Ingram, Heather Mason, Kevyn Lettau, Michael Mishaw, Stevie Russell (vocals);
Chris Botti, Chuck Findley (trumpet);
Ralph Morrison III (violin);
Rob Mullins (piano, keyboards, programming);
John Beasley, Russell Ferrante (piano, keyboards);
Harvey Mason, Jr. (keyboards, drum, programming);
Harvey Mason (keyboards, drums);
Ronnie Foster (keyboards);
Lee Ritenour, Jeff Lorber (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard programming);
Michael Thompson, Alan Hinds (guitar);
Reggie Hamilton (acoustic & electric basses);
Stanley Clarke, Chuck Domanico, Melvin Davis, Vail Johnson (bass);
Luis Conte (percussion).

Considered one of the greatest alto saxophonists in jazz history, the late Julian "Cannonball" Adderley was known for his exuberant and happy soul-jazz sound in an era (late '50s, '60s) when most players took a more studied, serious approach; his legend grew from the immediate personal way he communicated with his listeners. Citing Cannonball as one of his chief influences, Eric Marienthal has in many ways carried on that great tradition, inspiring the passion of smooth jazz listeners with a style that incorporates seductive, funky R&B, melodic pop, and the improvisational elements of jazz. Walk Tall is a brilliantly realized tribute to his musical idol featuring fresh renditions of seven tunes popularized by Cannonball, and new pieces inspired by Adderley's rich legacy. Among the better Cannonball tunes here are Marienthal's shuffling, hip-hop take on "Work Song," featuring Chris Botti's gentle trumpet harmony; the bluesy, retro-soul flavored title track; a haunting and elegant "Skylark"; and a brisk, quintet arrangement of "The Way You Look Tonight." He also does a seductive version of Cannonball's trademark, "Mercy Mercy Mercy," the Joe Zawinul piece that scored on the pop charts in 1967. Marienthal's originals prove to be some of his finest to date, including the coolly rhythmic "Imagine That" and the funky and soulful "Groove Runner." Contributions by pianists Rob Mullins and Russell Ferrante are also welcome additions. -- Jonathan Widran



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