Les Sabler Sweet Drive

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: The Music Force

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - p.133
"[O]verall Sabler creates enough shifting moods to keep things appealing. Plugged-in by nature, Sabler shows his sensitive acoustic on two tunes..."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.You've Got It Bad Girl
  • Buy for $0.992.Sweet Drive
  • Buy for $0.993.Daydreaming
  • Buy for $0.994.Club Street
  • Buy for $0.995.Can You Stop the Rain
  • Buy for $0.996.I'm Not the Same
  • Buy for $0.997.Struttin'
  • Buy for $0.998.Who Am I?
  • Buy for $0.999.Twenty-Two
  • Buy for $0.9910.Biggest Part of Me
  • Buy for $0.9911.Food Chain
  • Buy for $0.9912.Could You Be
  • Buy for $0.9913.Daydreaming - (instrumental)

Product Description:

Personnel: Les Sabler (guitar); Les Sabler; Richard Jackson (vocals); Dan Higgins, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Mark Hollingsworth (horns); Ricky Peterson (Hammond b-3 organ); Allon Sams (keyboards); Toni Scruggs (background vocals); Gary Meek (flute, saxophone); Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Dave Ryan, Bill Armstrong (horns); Jeff Lorber (keyboards, programming); Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass, programming); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Alex Acu¤a (percussion); Rahsaan Patterson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Tom McCauley.
Recording information: B2 Studios, Valley Village, CA.
Photographers: Les Sabler; Rod Millington.
The list of well-known Los Angeles-based musicians who Canadian guitarist Les Sabler employs on Sweet Drive is impressive. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Gary Meek, bassist Brian Bromberg (who produced this 2007 release), trumpeter Jerry Hey (of Seawind fame), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and percussionist Alex Acu¤a are among the participants. With such an all-star cast, Sweet Drive should have been excellent. But regrettably, this 60-minute CD is dominated by formulaic, radio-oriented smooth jazz that will probably appeal to NAC program directors but isn't terribly memorable. The problem with most of Sweet Drive is not a lack of chops on Sabler's part; the Montreal native is a capable and talented, if derivative, player whose direct or indirect influences include George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Wes Montgomery, Larry Carlton, and Earl Klugh (among others). Rather, the problem with most of Sweet Drive is that the more Sabler panders to radio, the less inspired he sounds. But gratefully, Sweet Drive does contain some tracks that show listeners what he is actually capable of. Sabler lets loose on the assertive "Food Chain," the dusky "Struttin'," and the funky "Twenty-Two"; those tracks are closer to fusion and prove that Sabler can be an exciting improviser when he gambles with inspiration instead of giving smooth jazz/NAC radio programmers the type of elevator music that they crave. Although frequently disappointing, Sweet Drive definitely has its moments -- and one hopes that in the future, Sabler will spend less time catering to smooth jazz/NAC radio and more time living up to his potential. ~ Alex Henderson

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  • UPC: 825005920128
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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