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Al DeGregoris - Time And A Half

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2018/01/02

Al DeGregoris - Time And A Half

 

For the first music review of the new year, instead of starting at the beginning, I went to the final track of piano & keyboard player Al DeGregoris’s fourth album, Time and A Half.   This Jeff Lorber and Nils production finishes with  ‘Resolutions’ which is everything you want in an album closer- mellow piano but with a catchy riff and some slick bass courtesy of Alex Al.  Bringing Lorber and Nils into the fold has brought a keen sense of funk and melodic rhythms to this 10 song release that includes all originals except the opener - Sly and the Family Stone’s 1969 hit, ‘Everyday People’.  The combo of Darryl Williams’ bass, Nils’ guitar and Steve Cole’s sax on this iconic song is something you’ll love!   That’s followed by ‘All Over The Place’ with a wonderfully crafted arrangement from Lorber who brings in Eric Marienthal on sax and much sought after drummer, Gary Novack, for a polished groove that blends  well with DeGregoris’s keys and piano.  A match made in heaven!  Nils follows that up with his prod on ‘No Holding Back’ with its bright and simple chorus.  Whereas Lorber’s tracks are more group focused, Nils  gives us DeGregoris’s more up-front piano/keys and a sound reminiscent of Joe Sample or David Benoit.   ‘It’s Time’ is another well arranged composition by Al and Nils (they worked on 7 of the 10 songs) with its dreamy chill sound from a guy who wrote his first song and joined a band at the age of seven!  Al DeGregoris is a musician to watch out for in this new year -  a year of much hope and good tunes!

 

Gary James

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