Alex Bugnon Southern Living
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- by Alex Bugnon ~ Soul Purpose ~ $12.05
- Released: October 7, 2003
- Label: Narada
- 1.Lonely Nights
- 2.Southern Living
- 4.Back in Love
- 5.The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
- 7.Midnight Train (Interlude) - (Interlude)
- 8.Slow Drag
- 9.Missing You Like Crazy (Intro) - (Intro)
- 10.Missing You Like Crazy
- 11.Sara Smile
- 12.Sweetwater Creek
- 13.[Untitled Track] - (hidden track)
Contains an untitled hidden track following "Sweetwater Creek".
Personnel: Alex Bugnon (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Ronnie Garrett (vocals, bass, programming); Tiffany Davis (vocals); Melvin Miller (trumpet); Rick Watford (guitar); Ronnie Garrett (bass, programming); Sonny Emory (drums); Alex Lowe.
Producers: Alex Bugnon, Phil Davis, Ronnie Garrett.
Recorded at Doppler, Atlanta, Georgia; Recording Angels, Stone Mountain, Georgia; Lost Mountain, Powder Spring, Georgia; 2nd Bedroom, Austell, Georgia; Diamond Hill Studios, Garrison, New York.
Personnel: Alex Bugnon (piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Ronnie Garrett (vocals, drum programming); Tiffany Davis (vocals); Rick Watford (guitar); Melvin Miller (trumpet); Phil Davis (basso continuo, keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Sonny Emory (drums); Alex Lowe (sound effects).
Audio Mixer: Ralph Cacciurri.
Recording information: 2nd Bedroom Studios, Austell, GA; Diamond Hill Studios, Garrison, NY; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Lost Mountain Studios, Powder Springs, GA; Recording Angels, Stone Mountain, GA.
Photographer: Hugh Hartshorne.
The title of the Swiss-born composer/keyboardist's third Narada Jazz recording reflects the down-home spirit of his experience for the first time in Atlanta performing in ensemble with some of that city's greatest musicians, as well as an exhilarating shift from the heavy urban sensibilities of his New York-recorded 2001 hit, Soul Purpose. Getting away from the synthesizer-based sound that formed the foundation of most of his previous recordings, Bugnon strips down to the piano and Fender Rhodes in fashioning a more organically driven collection. It features some of Atlanta's most renowned musicians, who add their distinctly Dixie funk vibe to the mix: bassist Ronnie Garrett, drummers Sonny Emory and newcomer Ricardo Jordan, guitarist Rick Watford, trumpeter Melvin Miller (on the seductive cool blues-funk opening track, "Lonely Nights"), and vocalist Tiffany Davis (the moody, mystical romance "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"). Garrett co-produced and lends his vocal talents to the wistful, elegant funk ballad "Missing You Like Crazy." Other key tracks reflecting Bugnon's magical Southern experience include the bright and lively retro-soul-driven title track; the laid-back, steamy back-porch swing vibe of "108 Degrees" (no doubt a winking nod to his 1991 hit recording, 107 Degrees in the Shade); the raw and soulful "Cascade" (featuring an irresistible thumping groove and handclaps); "Sweetwater Creek," which blends exotic percussion with a down-home light funk flavor; and a heavily '70s-colored twist on Hall & Oates' classic "Sara Smile," played brilliantly on Fender Rhodes. ~ Jonathan Widran
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