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KRIS BROWNLEE

Sincerely Yours

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1. Rebound [4:58], 2. Closer [5:05], 3. Solstice [3:54], 4. Sincerely Yours [4:14], 5. Lake Shore Dr. [4:49], 6. Under The Pale Moon [3:53], 7. Up Front [5:16], 8. Island Nights [3:55], 9. Vinyl [3:52], 10. Halo [3:55], 11. Waiting For You (Love) [4:07], 12. Your Love Is (featuring Gabriela Anders) [4:40], 13. 2 AM [4:33]

All songs by Kris Brownlee + Michael Broening (2,3,5 & 7), Jeff Keefer (8) and Gabriela Anders (12).

Kris Brownlee (all saxes, guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming, synth programming, horn & string arrangements, spoken words & background vocals unless noted), Gabriela Anders (vocals on 12), Cindy Bradley (flugelhorn on 7), Michael Broening (bass, keyboards & drum programming on 3 & 5 and drum programming & keyboards on 2 & 7), Mel Brown (bass on 2 & 7), Freddie Fox (rhythm guitar on 2 & electric guitar on 3,5 & 7), Jeff Keefer (piano, bass, keyboards & drum programming on 8), Madalyn Metzger (background vocals on 11), Jay Soto (lead guitar on 2).

rec. tracks 2,3,5 & 7 at The “B” Hive Recording Studio, Phoenix Arizona, USA, track 8 at Keefer Music, Three Rivers, Michigan, USA and all other tracks at Grooveside Music Productions, Bristol, Indiana, USA. No dates given. [57:19]

My first reaction on hearing this disc was that it is one of those instances where the ‘main man’ virtually hogs the limelight throughout giving the other musicians little room to solo and then when it came to listing the musicians I understood why since there is little involvement from any others except for 5 tracks and none at all from anyone apart from Kris Brownlee on the other 8. Given that fact the various saxes Kris plays dominate everything with little input except in a background capacity for other instruments even when played by him. The overall mood is laid back funk where the sax plays almost non-stop throughout and I found myself dying for a change in tempo. Annoyingly it’s not as if the tunes aren’t attractive in a syrupy kind of way but the disc suffers from overkill. It reminds me of those discs you can pick up in service stations or department stores entitled “Soft Sax”. As you can gather the disc is not for me and I suspect that it would struggle to find much of a market among the jazz fans I know.

Steve Arloff



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