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Zachary Breaux - Uptown Groove

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
01/28/1997
Artist
Zachary Breaux
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Zebra Records
Duration
01:04:33

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Guitarist Zachary Breaux, who tragically died just a few months after recording this CD (his debut), was a potentially great guitarist with a style coming from George Benson. In fact, his solos are generally more memorable than the purposely commercial material on this set, which largely consists of melodic, jazzy funk jams, usually with rather basic electronic rhythms. The cover versions of "All Blues" (which is given simplified harmonies) and "The Thrill Is Gone" (Breaux's one vocal) are lightweight throwaways, but most of the other selections show off the guitarist's obvious talents as a player; "After 2:00 AM on the East Coast" (a purely acoustic piece with a catchy melody) matches Breaux quite successfully with fellow guitarist Ted Dunbar. The final selection, ironically titled "I Love This Life," is quite odd, for it has Breaux interviewing Dunbar about his life over an overdubbed two-guitar quintet jam (which is sometimes too loud). Among the other guest musicians are flutist Hubert Laws, bassist Brian Bromberg and pianist Renee Rosnes. A diverse and sadly final statement from a fine player. ~ Scott Yanow

1) Breakfast at the Epiphany (00:16)
2) Cafe Reggio (06:06)
3) I Told You (04:29)
4) Never Can Say Goodbye (05:06)
5) The Thrill Is Gone (05:10)
6) After 2:00 Am on the West Coast (04:42)
7) All Blues (06:33)
8) Back into Time (06:04)
9) Uptown Groove (05:13)
10) Flavors of My Mind (04:19)
11) The 135th St. Theme (04:42)
12) After 2:00 Am on the East Coast (05:23)
13) I Love This Life (06:30)

Album
Uptown Groove
Publisher
Allegro Corporation
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Uptown Groove | Zachary Breaux