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- Released: May 28, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Heads Up
JazzTimes - 7-8/02, p.125
"...warm and artfully executed..."
- 1.Woke up This Morning - (Sopranos Theme)
- 2.Keepin' It Real
- 3.Oi Gata
- 5.His Name
- 6.Never Let You Go
- 7.Morning in a Distant Land
- 8.Can't Live Without You
- 9.When You Smile
- 10.Kickin' It
- 11.Gentle Rain
- 12.Woke up This Morning - (Instrumental Version)
This is an Enhanced CD which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Joe McBride (vocals, piano, keyboards); Wayne DeLano (saxophone); Todd Parsnow (acoustic & electric guitars); Rick Rigsby (bass); Sean McCurley (drums).
Recorded at Big Time Audio, Dallas, Texas.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Joe McBride (vocals, piano, keyboards); Todd Parsnow (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Wayne DeLano (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Sean McCurley (drums).
Recording information: Big Time Audio, Studio B, Dallas, TX.
Illustrator: Donald Baker.
Photographer: Tommy Edwards.
Joe McBride definitely keeps things "real" on his CD Keepin' It Real. Everything is real smooth, real light, and real contemporary. There is an interesting, if oddball cover of The Sopranos' theme to start things off, but otherwise this is straightforward instrumental pop-jazz. McBride takes a nice vocal turn on the mid-tempo "Never Let You Go" that is reminiscent of '80s Peter Cetera. Similarly, "Can't Live Without You" features the pianist on the very Babyface-sounding acoustic ballad. While nothing here really jumps out and grabs you, fans of McBride should find the low-key album much to their liking. ~ Matt Collar