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"Groovalicious!" sounds like just the sort of thing Austin Powers might say if he heard the deliciously funky, ultra-hip and vibey, retro-jazz-soul flavors on Chris Standring's long awaited follow-up to Hip Sway, his hit 2000 recording which defined the urban-minded contemporary jazz experience as we crossed millenniums. Standring complements his tight ensemble on Groovalicious with standout guest stars on three key tracks. The easy moods of "Snowfall" feature the emotional duality of Standring's lines with the smoky trumpet cool of smooth jazz superstar Chris Botti. Lee creates gorgeous synth-symphonic textures for the vocal tune "Come Back Home," a thumping R&B gem featuring 22 year old breakout talent Ashely Ta'mar's dreamy and soulful declaration of love. The trippy and moody "All in Good Time" blends Berry's hypnotic bassline with expansive atmospheres and the plucky flute energy of Katisse Buckingham.
Personnel: Chris Standring (guitar); Dino Soldo (vocals, soprano saxophone, alto & tenor saxophones, keyboards); Ashely Ta'mar, Jeff Robinson (vocals); Chris Botti, John Fumo (trumpet); Steve Baxter (trombone); Katisse Buckingham (flute); Steve Harvey, Rodney Lee (keyboards, programming); Stan Sargent (acoustic bass); Andre Barry, Rico Belled (bass); Oscar Seaton, David Karasony (drums); Ricky Rodriguez (percussion).
Producers: Chris Standring, Rodney Lee, Steve Harvey.
Recorded at Innocent Bystander, North Hollywood, California; Music Yard Studio, Malibu, California and 3rd Eye Studio, Studio City, California.
Personnel: Chris Standring (guitar, talk box); Dino Soldo (vocals, flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Rodney Lee (vocals, keyboards, programming); Ashely Tamar, Jeff Robinson (vocals, background vocals); Katisse Buckingham (flute); Chris Botti, John Fumo (trumpet); Steve Baxter (trombone); Steve Harvey (keyboards, programming); Stan Sargeant (acoustic bass); Oscar Seaton, Dave Karasony (drums); Ricky Rodriguez (percussion); Kelly Moneymaker, Janelle Sadler, C.C. White (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Erik Zobler.
Recording information: 3rd Eye Studio, Studio City, CA; Innocent Bystander Recording Studio, North Hollywood, C; Music Yard Studio, Malibu.
Photographer: Kimo Easterwood.
Arrangers: Chris Standring; Dino Soldo; Steve Harvey ; Rodney Lee.