Vincent Green


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While the silk-funk blend of modern and retro soul grooves of Vincent Green & Seventh Avenue probably won't Takeover for the Najees and Gerald Albrights of the world just yet, the Chicago-based saxman and his hip street players will survive by their passionate wits and cool charm. Sort of like a Freddie Jackson-Luther Vandross album without the powerful lead vocal, this project offers the same thing most of these optimisitic but ultimately typical collections do--two basic grooves, fast dance and slow dance, slick production, tunes that grow on you, and easy listenability. And yet by overemphasizing the generic love vocals and not taking the time to blow anything too heavy, Green falls short of reaching what seems like real promise as a horn voice. Ironically, the most interesting sounds emerge from the keyboards beneath the sax, yet Jere McAllister and Tim Gant are listed as additional musicians rather than core group members. On their own merits, Green and company stir up a strong Quiet Storm. But they seem oblivious to the fact that too many others have brewed the same coffee stronger before.

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