KENNEY POLSON — For Lovers Only Volume II

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Album · 2019

Tracklist

1 Innocence (Instrumental) 4:20
2 Stella By Starlight (Instrumental) 5:36
3 Blessed (Instrumental) 4:26
4 Valentine Love (Instrumental) 3:58
5 La La (Means I Love You) (Instrumental) 3:31
6 Love on a Two Way Street (Instrumental) 3:41
7 Black Swan (Instrumental) 4:56
8 Forever Yours (Instrumental) 4:34
9 Passion (Instrumental) 4:29
10 For Lovers Only (Instrumental) 3:44

Line-up/Musicians

Kenney Polson: soprano, alto, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion, keyboard;
Fred Wesley: trombone;
Bruce Conte: guitar;
Roger Smith: Hammond organ;
Hans Zurmuehlen: keyboards;
Julian Molina: bass,
Alonzo Powell: drums;
Donald Factory: keyboards, synth bass;
Steve Nance, Craig Hall: acoustic guitar;
Marlon McClain: electric guitar;
M.B. Cotton: drums;
Jay Koder: guitar;
Wayne Henderson: keyboards, piano;
Brian Toel: bass;
Graham Lear: drums;
Crystal Jackson, Cheryl Lockett, Carol J. Toca, Raymond Williams: background vocals;
Mombo Hernandez, Marcos Reyes, Anthony C. Polson: percussion;
Trent Baarsphul: guitar;
Bob Russell: alto flute;
Leon Jones: bass;
Nate Grisby: drums;
Pablo Rivarola: trumpet;
Cotrell Billingsly: trombone;
Michael Severson: piano, keys;
Grady McKenzie: bass;
Dave Hagen: drums

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kev rowland
It is strange to hear an album like this in 2019 as in many ways it is about forty years out of time, even down to the backing vocals on the opener “Stella by Starlight”. This is very cleverly performed lounge jazz with often a latin feel, with production, sounds and guitarwork very reminiscent of what was happening with the music scene as they attempted to move away from disco, but were unsuccessful. It is very clever, and Polson is a great soloist playing within arrangements which always have him to the fore, but even the use of electronic keyboard/synths makes it all feel very dated indeed. In many ways I get the impression I am going to get a sugar overload, as there is just so much sweetness, but much of the raw heart has been ripped out of this and it becomes just too bland. Playing one or two songs is fine, but working my way through the album, which I have done multiple times, is still something of an effort as it all feels too plastic, too false, too veneered. I am sure that anyone into this style of jazz will get a great deal from it as there is no doubt that it is very well performed and produced indeed, just not for me.

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