Personnel: Mindi Abair (vocals, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboards); John Taylor (vocals, bass); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Ricky Peterson (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Greg Manning (Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Matthew Hager (keyboards, guitar, bass, programming); Ty Stevens (acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Mike Landau (electric guitar); Jeff Golub, Dwight Sills, Marc Antoine (guitar); Dave Carpenter (upright bass); Stan Sargeant (fretless bass); Steve Ferrone (drums); Bud Harner (cymbals); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Producers: Matthew Hager, Bud Harner, Ty Stevens.
Recorded at Castle Oaks, Calabasas, California and 76 Steps Studios, Hollywood, California in August 2002.
Personnel: Mindi Abair (vocals, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboards, wind chime); John Taylor (vocals); Matthew Hager (guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Dwight Sills, Jeff Golub, Marc Antoine , Michael Landau (guitar); Peter White (accordion); Lee Thornburg (trumpet, trombone); Ricky Peterson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Greg Manning (Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Dave Carpenter (upright bass); Steve Ferrone (drums); Bud Harner (hi-hat); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA (08/2002).
Photographer: Rocky Schenck.
Unknown Contributor Role: Peter "Fifi" White .
Mindi Abair's GRP debut, It Just Happens That Way, showcases the multi-talented artist's pop-influenced vision of jazz. The saxophonist/vocalist/percussionist and composer offers listeners 12 exceptional tunes on which she plays alto and soprano saxophones, keyboards, vox, and wind chimes. Best known for her featured solos on tour with the Backstreet Boys, Mindi Abair is both invigorating and exciting. She finds a new challenge with Eagle-Eye Cherry's smash hit "Save Tonight," on which she showcases her inviting vocals, which are reminiscent of Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow. Abair co-wrote all but one of the CD's tracks, including "Save the Last Dance," "Flirt,"and "Lucy's." Overall, the debut is a sure indication that Mindi Abair has much more to offer than just a pretty face. ~ Paula Edelstein