Halfway Till Dawn

Halfway Till Dawn

by The Philippe Saisse Trio


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Listening to Philippe Saisse is like taking a tour through a keyboard paradise with a master tour guide; sometimes he blows off course and sacrifices strong melodies for wild experimentation, but for the most part the ride is as varied and entertaining as the many thingamajigs in his arsenal. The album title implies a sense of easy romance, but that vibe is rare among the fun-filled happenings. Saisse is a great tease, opening "The Girl with Botticelli Eyes" with a majestic piano and synth string duet before diving into a heavy funk groove and hypnotic melody which combines a Fender Rhodes harmony with a sharp electric piano melody. Sometimes, he'll let his guests take it easy while he hams it up; the seven-minute title track finds flugelhornist Jeff Beal lazing dreamily over a thick, industrial percussion trip-hop groove complete with mysterious voices, orchestral lines and improvisational piano solos. Jeff Golub provides the wah-wah guitar click on the schizophrenic opener "Fusionesque," whose retro-soul vibe is so perfect it sounds like an intro to an old Barry White tune; then Saisse provides the perfect balance of acoustic piano warmth amid the machinery before going too far with a space age synth solo. Some may not like the constant experimentation, even though great melodies shine through. But in a genre where artists often have to think before they take wacky risks, Saisse scores high on the chutzpah meter.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1999
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0731454758925
catalogNumber: 547589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philippe Saisse   Primary Artist,Organ,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Vibes,farfisa organ,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Roland Synthesizer,Bass Marimba
Jeff Beal   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Davis   Trombone
Chris Hunter   Alto Flute
Chris Minh Doky   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff Golub   Electric Guitar
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
John Clark   French Horn
Dave Bargeron   Tuba
James "D-Train" Williams   Background Vocals
Jason C. Golley   Trumpet
Ronald Jenkins   Electric Bass
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brenda King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Nick Moroch   Sampled Guitar
Andy Snitzer   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Fender Rhodes   Percussion,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Tony V.   Cymbals,Drums,Vocals
Nick Morach   Sampled Guitar
Jamie Myerson   Keyboards
Vanessa Falabella Donada   Vocals
Vanessa Thomas   Background Vocals
Tom Salta   Percussion,Keyboards
Richard Bona   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass
Cara Jackson   Vocals
Roland Vocoder   farfisa organ,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog

Technical Credits

Jean Hébrail   Arranger,Producer
Roy Hendrickson   Producer,Engineer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Fender Rhodes   drum programming
Tony V.   Programming,drum programming
Jamie Myerson   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Hollis King   Art Direction
Christian "Wicked" Wicht   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Sound Design
Tom Salta   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Christian Vvicht   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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