Shake It Up
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- Released: May 30, 2000
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 2.Grazing in the Grass
- 3.More Than You Know
- 4.Shake It Up
- 5.Central Ave.
- 6.Love's Like That - (featuring Fourplay)
- 7.Song for My Father
- 8.Chain Reaction
- 9.The Stars Above
- 10.Grazing in the Grass - (Can You Dig It? Vocal)
Personnel includes: Boney James (tenor saxophone); Rick Braun (trumpet); Larry Williams (strings); David Torkanowsky (piano); Phil Davis (Wurlitzer piano); David "Kahlid" Woods (keyboards, key bass, programming); Bob DeMarco, Tony Maiden, Rohn Lawrence, Paul Jackson Jr., Larry Carlton (guitar); Nathan East, Larry Kimpel, Alex Al (bass); Lil' John Roberts, Harvey Mason (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Paul Brown (programming); Fourplay.
Personnel: Boney James (tenor saxophone, keyboards); Alexandra Brown, Sue Ann Carwell, Yvonne Williams (vocals); Carl Burnett (guitar, keyboards, programming); Bob DeMarco, Larry Carlton, Rohn Lawrence, Tony Maiden (guitar); Rick Braun (trumpet); David Torkanowsky (piano, keyboards); Phil Davis (Wurlitzer organ); Michael Egizi (keyboards, programming); Gary Novak, Harvey Mason, Sr. (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Bill Schnee.
Recording information: Alpha Studios; Funky Joint; Schnee Studios.
Arrangers: Michael Egizi; Phil Davis; Rick Braun; Boney James.
The pairing of trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Boney James is the latest smooth jazz duo project from Warner Brothers Jazz. Individually, the two are both incredible horn players, and here they play off one another wonderfully. SHAKE IT UP is a carefully chosen title, indicative of the musical heights to which the two pushed each other during this recording.
The cuts here are mostly catchy and upbeat, as in the smooth jazz hit "Grazin' in the Grass," but tracks such as "More Than You Know" also offer gentler moments that slow things down without slowing them down too much. Braun's jazzy trumpet mixes nicely with James' funky saxophone throughout all 10 tracks, only one of which, a reprise of "Grazin' in the Grass," is a vocal. A pre-planned jam session that often succeeds in sounding spontaneous, SHAKE IT UP will delight smooth jazz buffs, whether fans of Boney James, Rick Braun, or both.
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