JazzTimes - 10/01, p.84
"...Some of his most exciting work...infectious and fun..."
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Gerald Veasley (various instruments); Chris Farr (saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); John Swana (flugelhorn); Jeff Bradshaw (trombone); Tony Miceli (vibraphone); Donald Robinson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Richard Waller, Ted Thomas (drums).
Producers include: Gerald Veasley, Richard Waller III, Donald Robinson.
Engineers include: Richard Waller III, Gerald Veasley, Mike Harmon.
Personnel: Gerald Veasley (guitar, keyboards, 6-string bass, drum programming); Gerald Veasley (various instruments, programming); Randy Bowland (guitar); Chris Farr (saxophone); Christopher Farr (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Matt Cappy (trumpet); John Swana (flugelhorn); Will Brock (piano); Mark Knox (keyboards); Harry "Butch" Reed, Ted Thomas (drums); Richard Waller III (shaker, drum programming); Pablo Batista (congas, percussion).
Recording information: Maja Audio Group, Philadelphia, PA (2001); New Sound Productions, Philadelphia, PA (2001); Radio Active Productions, Philadelphia, PA (2001); Studio Crash, Philadelphia, PA (2001); Supreme Sound Studio, Philadelphia, PA (2001); The Soul Lab, Philadelphia, PA (2001); The Upper Room, Philadelphia, PA (2001); Walcolm Music (2001); Walcom Music, Philadelphia, PA (2001).
Photographer: Robert Hoffman.
Arrangers: Gerald Veasley; Richard Waller III.
For his fifth album as a leader (not counting the many he recorded as part of the Joe Zawinul Syndicate and as a member of Grover Washington, Jr.'s backing band), six-string bassist Gerald Veasley pushes the smooth jazz envelope a bit. Those who like their grooves gentle and their textures lush will still find plenty to like here -- the rich strings on his cover of Stevie Wonder's "Do I Do," for instance, or the sweet and lovely "Goodnight Moon," written in honor of Washington. But there's a certain toughness at the center of the music this time out, and a greater willingness to let loose. The massed horns of "Kickin' 22 Express," the driving mid-tempo funk of his arrangement of the Ramsey Lewis classic "The In Crowd," the snaky and virtuosic unison lines on "You Asked for It" -- all of these point to someone who is not ultimately satisfied with just creating pleasantly swinging background music. More power to him. ~ Rick Anderson