JOHN TROPEA — Tropea (aka Guitarra Galáctica)

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Album · 1975

Filed under RnB
By JOHN TROPEA

Tracklist

A1 Tambourine
A2 7th Heaven
A3 The Jingle
A4 Just Blue
B1 Muff
B2 Cisco Disco
B3 The Bratt
B4 Dreams

Line-up/Musicians

John Tropea / Arranged By, Orchestrated By, Guitar
Will Lee / Bass
Rick Marotta / Drums
Stephen Gadd / Drums
Keyboards / Don Grolnick
Percussion / Rubens Bassini
Don Payne / Bass
Contrabass / C. Conrad
Larry Fast / Moog Synthesizer
George Young / Alto Saxophone
Dave Sanborn / Saxophone
Flute / Bob Mintzer
Trombone / Sam Burtis
Eumir Deodato / Keyboards
Bob Mintzer, Dave Sanborn , George Opalisky, George Young , Ken Berger , Lewis Del Gatto , Michael Brecker
/ Reeds
Caroline Levinoe , Emanuel Green, Frederick Buldrini, Gene Orloff, George Ricci, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, Harryy Lookofsky , Jesse Levy, Mathew Raimondi , Paul Gershan , Richard Maximoff
/ Strings

About this release

Marlin ‎– MARLIN 2200 (US)

Recorded At House Of Music, West Orange, NJ. Strings recorded at the Hit Factory

Released in Mexico in 1977 as "Guitarra Galáctica"(RCA Victor ‎– MILS 4)

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js, dreadpirateroberts for the updates

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dreadpirateroberts
If you’re a fan of the more laid back CTI Jazz or Deodato then you’ll probably enjoy this album from John Tropea who worked as a sideman for so, so many folks in the 1970s Jazz Fusion and Funk scene.

His self-titled debut as a leader finds him playing more so as an important ‘part’ of the music rather than dominating with endless soloing. (Having said that, I certainly don’t hate the idea of lots of solos at all). I was really interested to see that he both produced and mixed this album too and it sounds really clear and sharp, making great use of the wide range of performers and friends he draws upon.

I think that the funk and jazz on here ranges from energetic to a little too laid back at times – although, that’s not automatically a problem. And based on my star rating, I think this album is objectively better than the amount which I *enjoyed* it, if that makes sense.

Still, I tend to be drawn to some of the fuller arrangements on these songs – like the stellar “Muff’ and the opener too, one of the places Tropea fires up a bit. I also enjoyed the final, more atmospheric piece “Dreams” where I noticed a trumpet solo. Now, I don’t want to rest my whole review on some idea of “solos = jazz” and thus “less or no solos = pop” but it might give you an extremely general idea of the style here, which is firmly pop/light funk and not so much Jazz Fusion as some of Tropea’s other work.

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