Eric Marienthal

Sweet Talk

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Eric Marienthal is a technically skilled altoist with a soulful tone and an appealing style. Unfortunately, many of his recordings are strictly for the commercial market, such as Sweet Talk. Marienthal's solos are full of spirit and color but the backup groups, which often include keyboardist Jeff Lorber along with occasional vocalists, are mundane and lack much personality. The same can be said for the set of originals, including a song apiece from Stevie Wonder and Ivan Lins. Marienthal, who was brilliant on his 1990 release Crossroads and is at his best when playing with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, mostly sounds like he is coasting on Sweet Talk, making this an OK but forgettable release.

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