Extra Sensual Perception

Extra Sensual Perception

by Kevin Toney


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This master of elegant funk piano seems poised to carry the torch that Joe Sample lit long ago. He works with fatter grooves, here programming his rack most of the time to create a shuffling retro-soul hip-hop mix. But Toney's weaving of melodic lightness on his feet in some spots with darker tonal shifts in others is unmistakably Sample-esque. Typical of the up-tempo hi-tone approach is "How 'Bout That," whose bass-driven groove gallops underneath a playful skittery dual piano and Rahmlee Davis' trumpet melody. On the other side of the coin is the graceful ballad "Hush," which begins with a lush synth string intro before easing into a moody chord progression beneath the melody tradeoff between Toney and Gerald Albright. Toney rarely stretches beyond the genre parameters of what picture perfect light funk with brief but irresistible piano improvisations (enhanced in spots by Ray Parker, Jr.'s guitar and Kirk Whalum's trusty sax) is supposed to be, but his one leap of percussive faith is a memorable one. "Get up on It" throbs along with exotic, jungly rhythms by Bill Summers (credited with playing the "bottle" as well) and a thick wall of bass by Sekou Bunch. This tune goes through various movements as it pushes along, leaving Toney an opportunity to switch from an acoustic melody to a synth-created electric piano run. One publication quote on the CD jacket says that Toney's "one of the tastiest artists on the planet." Tall order to fill, but Toney seems willing to add a little more spice every time out.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/1999
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351505927
catalogNumber: 5059
Rank: 53343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Toney   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Bill Summers   Percussion,Bottle
Sekou Bunch   Bass Guitar
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet
William Kennedy   Drums
Trevor Lawrence   Cymbals,Drums,Stick
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Burnett   Guitar
Jeremy Monroe   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph Jones   Suling
Georgette Franklin   Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Cymbals,Drums,Stick
Mel Brown   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Gerald Albright   Contributor
Kevin Toney   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Trevor Lawrence   drum programming
Rob Hudak   Graphic Design
Jeremy Monroe   Vocal Arrangements
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Steve Van Arder   Engineer
Trevor Lawrence   drum programming

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Extra Sensual Perception 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on this album is HOT!, GREAT!!