Steve Weingart & Renee Jones | Observatory

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Observatory

by Steve Weingart & Renee Jones

Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Twenty Twelve
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5:15 album only
2. Time Will Tell
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6:49 album only
3. Conspiracy
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5:21 album only
4. Ethos
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5:28 album only
5. Nostalgia
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4:32 album only
6. Echoplexity
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8:55 album only
7. Shelter
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6:27 album only
8. After
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Steve Weingart - Piano, Keyboards, Vocals

Renee Jones - Electric Bass, Vocals

Simon Phillips - Drums (except on After)

Katisse Buckingham - Saxes & Flutes

Chris Wabich - Percussion; Drums (on After); Steel Drums (on Shelter)

Special guest: Mike Miller - Electric Guitar on Twenty Twelve
All songs published by Skeewa Music (ASCAP), except: Time Will Tell, Ethos, and Echoplexity, published by Skeewa Music and Intiésin Music (ASCAP)

Steve plays: Clavia Nord Wave, 1972 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage,
 Spectrasonics Omnisphere, and thanks Clavia, Nir Benjaminy-Fender Rhodes L.A.

Renee plays Music Man Basses and thanks them for their support.

Steve and Renee gratefully acknowledge:

The Weingart and Jones families for their love and support;

Simon, Katisse and Chris for their friendship & musicianship;

Steve Lukather, Lou and Stacey Spirito, Tom Meek, Reggie Boyle, Billie Rainbird, Mike and Diana Guitard, Steve and Cindy Saalfeld

Produced by Steve Weingart and Simon Phillips

Recorded and Mixed by Simon Phillips at Phantom Recordings, Van Nuys, California

Assistant Engineering by Matthew Forsyth

Mastered by Ron Bousted at Resolution Mastering, Sherman Oaks, California
Photography and Package Design by Lou Spirito

Hubble Images by NASA/JPL


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Conytemporary Media Introspectives (Barry Tate)

Steve & Renne Thunder Incrdible Hard Hitting Jazz Fusion Again!
I went berserk with enjoyment over the previous CD release, "DIALOGUE". Loved it. That album spoke to me. It was the perfect blend of Contemporary Jazz with a percussive twist and the vibe of a new version of Weather Report. I can honestly say Steve Weingart has incapsulated the aura of the legendary WR keyboardist, Joe Zawinul, but without attempting to mimmick JZ in any way. On this new album, OBSERVATORY, Weingart/Jones has elveated thier A Game another notch. More edgy and adventurous than DIALOGUE, the new tracks are incredible in depth, rhythm & melody. For a small combo, they have a very powerful sound. Very fresh. The mix & production is stellar. Renee Jones, is equally impressive on Bass; she holds it down hard. Simon Phillips kills on drums. Katisse Buckingham on Sax/Flute adds a nice nuance to the set. The band sizzles and all tracks are excellent. The one that really jumped at me (and my senses immediately front end aligned with) is called "Time Will Tell". I cannot stop playing this track. Steve's keys are off the chain! The synth work here is soo tasty! It builds to a gradual crescendo and the out vamp with SW hitting these killer badazz chords is too cold blooded. It's such a unique song you will hit 'repeat' over & over. The whole effort is excellent, zero filler. Repeat plays yield new subtle nuances, like peeling an onion. For those Contemporary connoisseurs who love well executed Jazz Fusion with class, style and a huge taste of funk in it's purest current form will just eat this album up. This CD deserves very wide exposure-it's that great. You can easily tell the whole group put their heart & soul into this labor of love. My description is taken from a true listener's perspective. I am not a musician, I just KNOW great music. My review here does not do the album any real justice-you must hear this album to belive it for yourself.