Sunday, October 24, 2010

Carlyle Barriteau: Groovin At Sunset (2009)

Fresh on the Smooth Jazz Therapy radar screen is ‘Groovin’ at Sunset’, the excellent album from guitar player and vocalist Carlyle Barriteau. It’s a tight predominately self penned collection from an artist who, as guitarist, is reminiscent of George Benson in style but, also like Benson, has the added advantage of a really great singing voice.
With the release of “Groovin’ at Sunset” on Funky Noiz Music, Carlyle Barriteau combines his reputation as a premier guitar instrumentalist for such artists as Bobby Caldwell, Patti Austin, Paul Taylor, American Idol’s Elliott Yamin and Donny Osmond, with his skillful production arrangements on songs such as the title track, “Groovin’ At Sunset”, “Breaker One 9”, “Diminishing Odds” and the 2 tracks that have Carlyle taking center stage on vocals: “Even Now” (written by Bobby Caldwell and Jimmy Haslip), and the Sultry “Give Me One Night”.
01. Breaker One-9 (4:41)
02. Groovin' At Sunset (5:36)
03. Even Now (5:17)
04. From Me To You (5:29)
05. Give Me One Night (4:57)
06. My Flava (4:13)
07. Irie Strut (5:40)
08. Zouk Smooth (4:51)
09. Diminishing Odds (6:05)
10. Cruisin' (5:34)
Groovin at Sunset
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