One of today's most popular contemporary jazz musicians, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Joe McBride further refines his unique brand of smooth jazz and R&B on Double Take.
On his fourth solo release, McBride brings a who's who of contemporary jazz to the party including Dave Koz, Richard Elliott, Rick Braun, Peter White, Phil Perry, and Tony Maiden among others. The all star band delivers an impressive set of nine originals and one soulful cover guaranteed to cause listeners to do a Double Take .
"We loaded the recording with great duets, including my influences from jazz, bebop, R&B, funk, gospel and hip-hop and added a heavy dose of fun which makes Double Take, I think, fun to listen to," says McBride. "Stylistically I tried to write a song for each guest that would incorporate their persona and mine. Everyone came ready to give their best and the music shows that there was magic throughout the entire recording session."
With McBride's previous releases Keys to Your Heart (HUCD 3035), A Gift for Tomorrow (HUCD 3025) and Grace (OXCD 3017) spending many weeks on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Charts and topping NAC radio play charts, Double Take is poised for great success.
McBride's versatility as a composer underscores Double Take. "Lower Greenville," with Tony Maiden's funky wha-wha guitar sound and a real brass section is a tribute to the area of Dallas where Joe is often found seducing willing audiences. The mystical Spanish overtones of "Midnight in Madrid," a city that shares a mutual admiration with McBride, are enhanced by Rick Braun's Iyrical flugel horn and the acoustic guitar work of Peter White. "Just For The Koz" is a tribute to one of McBride's favorite saxophonists. "Dave played so smooth on the title track of A Gift For Tomorrow (HUCD 3025), that I knew he was the perfect player to execute this cinematic melody," says Dave Koz.
"A Taste Of Jazz," with Richard Elliott's smooth tenor sound, is what McBride calls "dinner jazz." Joe is joined by Phil Perry on a beautiful duet called "Hold On To The One You Love," and he further explains, "I have been listening to Phil for years and when the opportunity arose I wrote a song about a guy who appears to be losing his lover, but Phil reassures me that with just the right touches, she'll never go away. His vocal quality, I feel, was a great complement to the song."
"If you have ever been around me, you'll know that there is one thing after music that I love in lifel and that's fried chicken! There ain't nothing in the world that tastes as good as some down-home fried chicken, thus the title 'Chicken Joe'," McBride offers. The album closes with "Here For You',' another strong R&B-laced ballad, and "One Sunday Afternoon," where McBride shows his scattin' stacks up with the best of them.
While McBride has openly embraced the electronic realm, he presents a very warm and human effort on Double Take. The piano melodies and solos were done in one take to capture the moment and feeling of the song. A real brass section was added to enhance the human feel. On Double Take, McBride clearly demonstrates his ability as an improviser and artist to use technology in an expressive, soulful fashion.
"If people have as much fun listening to this record as I did making it, there's gonna be a lot of smiling faces out there," shares McBride. "lf you do a Double Take, then I've accomplished my goal."
Double Take is an Enhanced CD which features a biography and videos, as well as information on other Heads Up recording acts. The CD can be viewed via a CD-ROM drive on either a Windows or Mac-based computer. This is the tenth Enhanced CD for Heads Up International, which helped the new technology in Spring of 1996.