JazzTimes - 2/04, p.138
"Marienthal sounds energetic and inspired; he turns in a muscular performance on the organ-shaded 'Nickel Plated'."
Personnel: Eric Marienthal (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ivan Lins, Cassandra Reed (vocals); Mike Ricchiuti (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jeff Lorber (Clavinet, keyboards, vocodor, synthesizer, programming); Jason Miles (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Chuck Loeb (keyboards, guitar, programming); Dave Kochanski (keyboards); Billy Heller (string synthesizer); Gannin Arnold (acoustic & electric guitars); Romero Lubambo (acoustic guitar); Dean Brown (electric guitar); Jeff Mironov, Julio Fernandez (guitar); Melvin Davis (bass, programming); Tom Barney, Will Lee (bass);
Gene Lake, Chris Parker (drums); Marc Quinones (congas, percussion).
Personnel: Eric Marienthal (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Melvin Davis (vocals, drum programming); Ivan Lins, Cassandra Reed (vocals); Chuck Loeb (guitar, keyboards, drum programming, percussion programming); Jeff Mironov, Julio Fernandez (guitar); Gannin Arnold (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Romero Lubambo (acoustic guitar); Dean Brown (electric guitar); Mike Ricchiuti (electric piano, keyboards); Jeff Lorber (Clavinet, keyboards, bass synthesizer, vocoder, drum programming); Jason Miles (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Dave Kochanski (keyboards); Billy Heller (string synthesizer); Chris Parker , Gene Lake (drums); Marc Qui¤ones (congas, percussion); Scott Breadman (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Eric Marienthal; Melvin Davis .
Recording information: BearTracks, Suffern, NY; Discovery Studios, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; JHL Studios, Pacific Palisades, CA; LAFX Studios, North Hollywood, CA; LIvewire Production & Recording, New York, NY; Shelter Island Sound, New York, NY; The Clubhouse, Orange County, NY; The House Of "O, " Suffern, NY.
Photographer: Sonny Mediana.
Arrangers: Chuck Loeb; Eric Marienthal; Jeff Lorber.
Eric Marienthal is a technically skilled altoist with a soulful tone and an appealing style. Unfortunately, many of his recordings are strictly for the commercial market, such as Sweet Talk. Marienthal's solos are full of spirit and color but the backup groups, which often include keyboardist Jeff Lorber along with occasional vocalists, are mundane and lack much personality. The same can be said for the set of originals, including a song apiece from Stevie Wonder and Ivan Lins. Marienthal, who was brilliant on his 1990 release Crossroads and is at his best when playing with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, mostly sounds like he is coasting on Sweet Talk, making this an OK but forgettable release. ~ Scott Yanow