Reissue of the 1978 A&m Release from the Fusion Guitarist. Contributions from Luther Vandross, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn and Randy Brecker.
The set opens with the Leon Russell song, "Superstar", which was also covered by the Carpenters in the early 70's. Laid back, the tune serves as a warm-up for Spinozza to show his licks on the next track, "On My Way To The Liquor Store", written by pianist Leon Pendarvis who also plays on this album. There is a hint of Wes Montgomery's style on this tune.
Spinozza wrote, orchestrated, conducted and sang the lead vocal on "Prelude.../The Ballerina." He also wrote and arranged the chart for "Doesn't She Know By Now?" where he plays an acoustic guitar backed by a vocal trio that includes Luther Vandross singing nothing but the title line.
The highlight of the album is "Airborne" which starts with a brass chorus and Spinozza's guitar answering the call. Spinozza also wrote and arranged this tune.
You would have to use a magnifying glass to read the very tiny font size on the scant English liner notes which have been reproduced and reduced to CD jewel size.
Otherwise, this CD is a worthwhile buy. Don't throw away your LP, though, if you have one.
This is a very listenable album and it does showcase David's artistry on guitar, but it was a bit watered down and safe for the day. Today, the cuts would all be featured on the Smooth Jazz genre stations rather than being included in mainstream Jazz broadcasts. In fact, it was the near Muzak feel that kept it off the air in many major Jazz markets back in the 70's when it was released.
Favorite cuts are "On My Way to the Liquor Store", "Doesn't She Know You By Now", and "Country Bumpkin".
C. Williams Jr. from Houston,Texas, USA
I purchsed this album in Washington, DC (1978)The selection
"Airborne" makes this album worth the price. The musical surgical
arrangements are funkafizing, souled out, moving smoothly and
thrusting at various measures. I loaned it out in 1980. Have not seen it. Now I have a great chance of returning it back to myself. Simply put Amazing.........
Surely this CD was ahead of it's time.