A Little Space

A Little Space

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On their debut album, Pasadena, CA's A Little Space plays fusion jazz that draws from Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, and Sting as well as salsa, soul, and funk. With smooth vocals by church choir director Terrell Moran, A Little Space comes off like a starry, latter-day Aaron Neville. Moran has a beautiful voice for sure, but Alan "Big Al" Gruskoff's songwriting pulls from so many influences and genres that he never has the punch of a Stevie Wonder or even the Yellowjackets or Weather Report. "My Own Sweet Time" is funky in a contemporary, smooth jazz way; "She Walks, She Talks" has soulful, Lionel Richie vocals; and "Hanging Around," one of the best songs on the record, employs an old standards-style piano melody. But the overall gloss is adult contemporary pop and soft rock, and though fans of fusion looking for a mellow groove might appreciate A Little Space, the album might prove a little over-produced for some listeners, whether they're fans of rock, soul, or jazz.

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