1) Lovely Day feat. Jeff Lorber 2) Yearning for Your Love 3) Thinking of You 4) Walking in the Rhythm feat. Richard Elliot 5) Creepin' feat. Rick Braun 6) It's in Your Vibe 7) When Somebody Loves You Back 8) Butterflies 9) For the Cool in You 10) What's Going On
Victor Fields' fourth set Thinking of You (US Regina, 2006) contains
lots of cover material, but also some first class new compositions.
Today Victor reminds me lot of Jon Lucien, and I was not surprised to see him pick
This Could Be Paradise (from Lucien's 1997 album Endless Is Love)
to his previous CD. This time he decides to cover Bill Withers'Lovely Day,
Luther Vandross'Creepin' and Teddy Pendergrass'When Somebody
Loves You Back, among others, all of which are set in a smooth jazz backdrop with names
like Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Nelson Braxton and Nicolas Bearde
contributing. Very enjoyable versions, actually.
However, the real gems on the album are new tunes. The title track is a heavenly mid-paced
ballad on which Victor virtually duets the song with saxophonist Vince Lars.
The song is one of the best new compositions I've heard in recent years. Jeff Lorber
is among the song-writers, and he also provides another new tune on the album,
the relaxed swayer It's In Your Vibe, which reminds me of
Walter Beasley's best efforts, especially when Vince Lars is again blowing
his sax all through the track.
Victor Fields albums have been getting more and more popular especially among the smooth
jazz buyers, which is really no wonder, when he uses so much smooth jazz musicians
providing the backgrounds. If you like the vocal tracks typically included in every
smooth jazz CD, here you have a whole album of the same, smooth and sophisticated style.
Highly recommended for lovers of smooth jazz flavoured quality soul.