Play Date

Play Date

by Euge GrooveEuge Groove


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Steven Eugene Grove, aka Euge Groove, made quite a splash with his self-titled debut album in 2000, attracting enough attention to allow him to quit his day job as a saxophonist for hire for people like Tina Turner. His second smooth jazz release, Play Date, is more of the same and will please the same constituency of casual jazz fans and light FM stations. Again working closely with producer Paul Brown yet producing many of the tracks themselves this time, Grove and his writing partner, Michael Egizi, come up with percolating synthesized and programmed rhythm tracks over which Grove solos melodically. Nothing to write home about in that, of course, except that they vary the formula just a little on just about every track. On "From the Top," Chester Thompson contributes some tasty Hammond B-3 playing; the slow-tempo "Gonna B Alright" gives way to a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" that employs enough familiar elements from the original arrangement to recall it without replicating it; "Love Me," the obligatory vocal number, has a sexy chorus sung by Stacy Campbell; "Belle Maria" features Peter White, who adds Spanish guitar, creating a different feel; Grove switches from tenor to soprano on the title tune; and "With You I'd Believe," featuring some delicate acoustic and electric guitar work from Dean Parks, and on which Grove plays alto, has an attractive melody that is crying out for a lyric to turn it into an adult contemporary hit. The varying tones of the disc make for an enjoyable listening experience whether one is paying close attention or not, which is a key to successful smooth jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2002
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624800729
catalogNumber: 48007
Rank: 37516

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Euge Groove   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Ravel   fender rhodes
Peter White   Guitar
Alex Al   Bass,Electric Bass
Stacy Campbell   Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Michael Egizi   fender rhodes,Pianette
Jerry Hey   Strings
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Herman Jackson   Organ,Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Larry Kimpel   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Portmann   Keyboards
Teddy Campbell   Drums
David Kahlid Woods   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Paul Brown   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Michael Egizi   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Jerry Hey   Synthesizer Arrangements
Mark Portmann   Arranger,Programming
Ed Townsend   Composer
Katherine Delaney   Art Direction
Euge Groove   Arranger,Producer
Ryan Castle   Engineer
David Kahlid Woods   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Ai Fujisaki   Engineer

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