Sunset Collective

Sunset Collective

by Jimmy Sommers

CD

Overview

Celebrating his tenth anniversary as an instrumental recording artist, the eclectic saxophonist took his innovative and groove intensive approach into a bright, funky, and trippy future. Because he came up at a time when smooth jazz was heading into urban territory, he was always easy to peg as a funky smooth guy -- but, as this progressive collective shows, he had something more on his mind than simply looking back at some success on The Wave-type stations. He didn't forget his roots completely, however; "Happy Hour" is an easy-grooving, midtempo retro-soul gem featuring the top producer in smooth jazz, guitarist Paul Brown. Likewise, the disco-fied thumper "Kickin' It" combines Sommers' cooler sensibilities with one of the genre's top melodic groovemasters, Brian Culbertson. Those are tasty, damn hip for smooth jazz in 2007, but Sommers was feeling more progressive on the ambient chill European club vibin' "Out of Nowhere," which is best described as liquid soul. It's curious that it took him over a minute and a half to actually touch the horn, but the track established the ambience he was after. Sommers happened to be neighbors with hot DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold, and the two combined forces for the vibrant and in-your-face, scratchy house jazz track "Vertical" and the hip-hop swinging "House Party." Elsewhere, Sommers' amped-up sax and tasty retro groove production was jazzed by R&B vocal greats Rahsaan Patterson and frequent Sommers collaborator Macy Gray. The disc was inspired by a vacation the saxman took to balmy Ibiza, where he saw some overwhelming sunsets; the tropical breeze, Spanish soul, and horn-drenched island club grooves were shining through on one of the best tracks, "The Islands." He was also in the mood for sensual Latin romance on a sweetly rendered, low-toned cover of "Besame Mucho." Anyone tired of the same old smooth jazz licks in 2007 was listening to this for fresh inspiration.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: Gemini Sun Records
UPC: 0646566001015
catalogNumber: 101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Sommers   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Brown   Guitar
Jeff Carruthers   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Kenneth Crouch   Strings,Keyboards
Brian Culbertson   Trombone,Trumpet,Keyboards
Bill Cunliffe   Piano
Herman Jackson   fender rhodes
Tony Maiden   wah wah guitar
Doug Webb   Flute
Rahsaan Patterson   Vocals
Tommy Organ   Guitar
Jeff Caruthers   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Keyboards
Vikter Duplaix   Vocals
Chris Colangelo   Bass,Bass Guitar
Samantha James   Vocals
Micah Otano   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Rayner-Brown   Guitar
Roberto Valley   Bass Guitar
Gabe Johnson   Trumpet
Leo Servin   Percussion
L.A. Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Ian Green   Composer,Producer
Paul Oakenfold   Composer,Producer
Jeff Carruthers   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kenneth Crouch   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Bill Cunliffe   Arranger
Angela Johnson   Remixing
Peter Mokran   Composer
Rahsaan Patterson   Composer
Jimmy Sommers   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
DJ Spinna   Remixing
Jeff Caruthers   Producer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Macy Gray   Composer
Vikter Duplaix   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Spacek   Audio Production
Michael Tello   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Micah Otano   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Oakenshfold   Audio Production

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