Street Dance

Street Dance

by Eric Marienthal


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Sometimes, artistic evolution is best achieved with collaboration. A developing performer, strong in certain areas, teams with a veteran who offers complementary expertise, and the results can be...well, in the case of Eric Marienthal and Jeff Lorber, some of the genre's snazziest melodies and most combustible grooves since 1991. On both that year's Oasis and 1993's One Touch, Lorber's edgy keyboard bravura offered the Elektric Band saxman the ultimate playground for riffs ranging from silky and steamy to joyfully schizofrenic. While those discs were balanced production wise with Russell Ferrante's artsier jazz sensibilities, Street Dance fully entrusts the capable Lorber to funk around, then smooth out the punchier edges himself. A wise choice all around. While the musical soul mates seem to have the most fun on pulse-accelerating wailers like "Shake It Loose," Marienthal's truest expressions emerge on cooler cookers like the toe-tappin' title cut and more poignant gems like "Yosemite," on which he laces the more heartfelt side of his alto with late-nite flute sprinklings. On these, as well as with the alto/soprano weavings on a smoky cover of Genesis' "Hold on My Heart," Lorber mellows his own tendency to overfunkify, creating easygoing soundscapes rather than the wall of in-your-face insanity to pleasing effect. All of these fuse together in trademark Marienthal fashion, echoing certain pieces from previous discs, but with some of his freshest hooks ever (he co-wrote seven tunes).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/1994
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105978521
catalogNumber: 9785
Rank: 123451

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Marienthal   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gary Burton   Vibes
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Dan Higgins   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Eric Jordan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Alec Milstein   Bass,Vocals
Leroy Osbourne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Pescetto   Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Nathaniel Philips   Bass
Charlie Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Tony Banks   Composer
Michael Landau   Contributor
Eric Marienthal   Composer
John "J.R." Robinson   Contributor
Mike Rutherford   Composer

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