Alex Bugnon 107 Degrees in the Shade
- Released: April 1, 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Paris in May
- 2.107 Degrees in the Shade
- 4.Fly, Spirit, Fly
- 5.Heart of New York
- 6.Back O' Town
- 7.When I Think About Home
- 8.So in Love
- 9.The Lone Crusader
- 10.Conversation Piece #1
Personnel: Alex Bugnon (acoustic & electric piano, synthesizer, accordion, drums, organ); Janice Dempsey (vocals); Rohn Lawrence, Michael "Dino" Campbell (guitar); Cyrille Bugnon (alto saxophone); Victor Bailey, Victor Wooton (bass); Buddy Williams (drums); Rahni Song (percussion, synthesizer, vocals, programming).
Producers: Alex Bugnon, Rahni Song, Goh Hotoda.
Engineers: John Hurley, Goh Hotoda, Howie Lindeman.
Recorded at Digital Recorders, Nashville, Tennessee.
All songs written or co-written by Alex Bugnon.
Alex Bugnon's commercial pop-jazz output of the early to mid-1990s wasn't fantastic, but it did indicate that he had some potential as both a pianist/keyboardist and a composer. Generally more substantial than most of the other albums that smooth jazz stations played in 1991, the uneven, erratic 107 in the Shade is far from a gem, but has its moments. Bugnon gets into a pleasant, Joe Sample-ish groove on "Paris and May" and "When I Think About Home," whereas the much too brief "Fly, Spirit, Fly" hints at Pat Metheny. It was obvious that Sample was a major influence on Bugnon, although there were also traces of Ahmad Jamal in his playing. One of the CD's main flaws is Bugnon's tendency to overproduce -- like other Bugnon releases, 107 in the Shade could have used a lot more improvising and a lot less producing and arranging. Despite a few memorable cuts, Shade really isn't worth the price of admission; it's clear that Bugnon is capable of much more. ~ Alex Henderson
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