Shake It Up

Shake It Up

by Boney JamesBoney James

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Overview

Saxophonist Boney James and trumpeter Rick Braun get a nice little party going on SHAKE IT UP. These two smooth jazz regulars are a perfect match -- both know the value of a well-turned funk phrase, and how to milk a deeply felt note for all its worth. They love old school soul jazz and contemprary R&B, albeit onthe lite side. And it's this balance that makes their ego-free collaboration such a joy. Braun gets both a full-blooded tone and a moody Miles Davis-like sound that he exploits with panache throughout, while James gets a hefty, yet, when called for, lithe tone that also shows itself well. Together, they blend beautifull, particularly on the funky "R.S.V.P.," "Shake It Up," and "Chain Reaction," tracks that practically cry out, "Radio hit." Two versions of trumpeter Hugh Masekela's 1968 hit "Grazin' in the Grass" --one instrumental, one with guest singers -- get fun workouts here. (The instrumental tracks nods slyly at the Masekela side, the vocal track differs substantially from the hit late '60s vocal version by the Friends of Distinction.) Undoubtedly, many fans of James and Braun may not even remeber or be aware of either earlier version --may they groove on these updates with a smile on their face and a lilt in their dance steps.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2000
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624755722
catalogNumber: 47557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boney James   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton   Guitar
David Torkanowsky   Piano,Keyboards
Sue Ann Carwell   Vocals
Phil Davis   Wurlitzer
Alex Al   Bass
Rick Braun   Trumpet
Alexandra Brown   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Michael Egizi   Keyboards
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Harvey Mason   Drums
Gary Novak   Drums
Yvonne Williams   Vocals
Rohn Lawrence   Guitar
Carl Burnett   Guitar,Keyboards,Key Bass
Bob DeMarco   Guitar

Technical Credits

Joe Sample   Composer
Sue Ann Carwell   Vocal Arrangements
Phil Davis   Arranger
Boney James   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Rick Braun   Arranger,Producer
Paul Brown   Producer
Michael Egizi   Arranger,Programming
Harry Elston   Composer
David Rideau   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Carl Burnett   Programming
Philemon Hou   Composer

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