Funkiness reigns with the hard-edged "Corbin's Place" which also is absolutely superb with bass and guitar aplenty in the best Cameo / Slave / Pleasure / Dazz band vein. Percussion from Caton Lyles is excellent and Dennis Springer's sax playing is absolutely blinding. What is this gentleman doing today I wonder? we need more jazz Music from the US like this. It would be a wonderful extra alongside the superb Nu-Jazz flowering throughout Europe. "Love Song" is a full-blown vocal featuring Kirk Green and Tracy Harris on vocals, but for me is slightly Schmaltzy and weaker than what we really expect following on from two great instrumentals. A pity as both vocalists are excellent. I have a feeling that the female vocalist here is the same Tracy Harris who provided us with a great Gospel set that very same year. "What's In The Chilli" is a lively number that has echoes of Loose Ends' "Nights Of Pleasure" in the rhythm, and in steps Jeff Lorber again working his ample magic. Tom grant steps in with piano at the ready for "Sara", a nice attempt at a jazz version of the huge US smash hit for Starship BUT it comes across as weak and ineffective. Being a fan of Starship and that song in particular, I would rather have had an original record made. No-one can touch the original song. It's a Soft Rock classic and I love it too much! This set is one that should be sought out. Amazon have it as a download and hard copies are easily available online. Check it out!
The Vibe Scribe