Signs of Life

Signs of Life

by Bob Mamet

CD

Overview

Bob Mamet showed considerable promise on his debut album, Signs of Life, which could easily be described as "pop-jazz with a brain." This 1994 release is hardly the work of a jazz purist or a bop snob; the pianist/keyboardist combines jazz with elements of pop, rock, and R&B, and he has been heavily influenced by the electric work of Chick Corea, the Yellowjackets, and Joe Sample. But at the same time, anyone who claims that Signs of Life is merely instrumental pop doesn't give Mamet enough credit -- the pop elements are strong, but so are the jazz elements. Mamet brings an improviser's mentality to the table, and he enjoys a real dialogue with well-known guests like guitarist Larry Carlton, saxman Sam Riney, and Yellowjackets members Jimmy Haslip (bass) and William Kennedy (drums). Another guest is saxman Richard Elliot, and here's the ironic part: Elliot's playing is a lot more substantial and meaty on Signs of Life than it is on his own albums. Elliot has recorded more than his share of brainless elevator Muzak, but he sounds pretty good on Mamet's debut. Meanwhile, Mamet detours into straight-ahead jazz on Miles Davis' "Nardis," which finds him forming a traditional piano trio with Haslip and Kennedy. But most of the time, he favors a pop-jazz approach on Signs of Life, which is definitely his strongest and most consistent album.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/1994
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678261626
catalogNumber: 82616

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Mamet   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Larry Carlton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Elliot   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Riney   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Fumo   Trumpet
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
Bernie Dresel   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
William Kennedy   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Parr   Bass

Technical Credits

Bill Evans   Composer
Chris Hufford   Engineer
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Bob Mamet   Producer
Jean Cronin   Art Direction

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