JazzTimes - 7-8/02, p.125
"...Thinking person's party music that is as technically accomplished as it is fun..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/02, p.102
"...A UK-based outfit doing the contemporary jazz biz in the US..."
Down To The Bone includes: Hil St. Soul (vocals); Stuart Wade (arranger, programming); Paul "Shilts" Weimar (alto & tenor saxophones); Adrian Revell (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute); Neil Angilley (keyboards); Ian Crabtree, Tony Remy (guitar); Simon T. Bramley, Ross Hillard, Paul Turner (bass); Gota Yashiki (drums); Satin Singh (percussion).
Additional personnel: David Tyler (programming).
Engineers include: David Tyler, Mick Wilson, Richard Sadler.
Personnel: Hil St. Soul (vocals); Tony Remy, Ian Crabtree (guitar); Adrian Revell (flute, saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Shilts (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Neil Angilley (keyboards); Gota Yashiki, Frank Tontoh (drums); Satin Singh (percussion); David Tyler, Stuart Wade (programming).
Audio Mixers: David Tyler; Michael Wilson ; Richard Sadler.
Liner Note Author: Stuart Wade.
Recording information: 2001.
Editors: Richard Sadler; Stuart Wade.
Illustrator: Frank Morrison.
Arranger: Stuart Wade.
Down to the Bone set the stage to expand beyond their jazz-groove scene beginnings on Crazy Vibes and Things. Producer/arranger Stuart Wade leads the same tight community of musicians featured on Spread the Word, including Neil Angilley, Shilts (a best-selling artist in his own right), Paul Turner, Adrian Revell, and Tony Remy. Wade also wrote or co-wrote the CD's ten compositions with Angilley and Shilts. The recording opens with the radio hit "Electra Glide," a smooth, soulful track that features the grooving interplay of Tony Remy's wah-wah techniques and Shilts' smoky alto and tenor saxophone riffs. Neil Angilley adds the finishing touches with his strong melodic keyboard improvisations, giving the song a more soulful resonance. Top dance picks are the title track and "Searching for a Simple Groove," while "My One and All," which features Hill St. Soul vocalist Hilary Mwelwa, is a midtempo song full of energy and fresh grooves. "Searching for a Simple Groove" is fresh and fun. Every listener's choice here is a nice surprise and is ripe with Down to the Bone's trademark horn riffs, breezy guitar licks, smooth jazz, and groove. ~ Paula Edelstein