Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, the page that offers a British perspective on all that’s good, and not so good, in the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. With his excellent Cool To The Touch now on release it’s as a recording artist that trumpeter Greg Adams has featured here of late. In a solo discography that stretches back to 1995, and includes the critically acclaimed Hidden Agenda and Firefly, he has constantly delivered sophisticated contemporary jazz with an edge. His second solo album, the 2002 Midnight Morning, evoked memories of the legendary arrangements he fashioned during his many years with Tower Of Power and it’s this ability that betrays a side of his musical genius that many may not be aware of. In fact since 1971 he has been creating musical arrangements for a galaxy of stars that include Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and Elton John. This extended discography, which takes in Santana’s ‘Everybody’s Everything’ and ‘Fools Paradise’ from Rufus, is overwhelming testimony to the calibre of artists he has routinely been invited to work with. Indeed everyone from the Rolling Stones to Paul Schaffer to Madonna has called on him to contribute to their projects and, in addition, Greg’s hallmark ensemble sound has made the concept of the horn section an American treasure.
The Secret Garden has chosen a very personal way to process his arranging achievements so, without further ado; here is our take on the all time top ten arrangements of Greg Adams. Record companies watch out: this would be one of the best compilation albums ever.
1974 - Tower Of Power and ‘So Very Hard To Go’ from the bands self titled album
1980 - Heart and ‘Tell It Like It Is’ from their album Greatest Hits – Live.
1986 - Huey Lewis and ‘Doing It All For My Baby’ from the album Fore.
1989 - Linda Ronstadt and ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ from Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind.
1992 - Michael Bolton and ‘Knock On Wood’ from the CD Timeless – The Classics
1994 - B.B. King's ‘Woman’s Got Soul’ from A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield.
1994 - Luther Vandross and ‘Going In Circles’ from the CD Songs.
1999 - Sammy Hagar and ‘Don’t Fight It’ from the CD Red Voodoo.
2000 - Raphael Saadiq and ‘Blind Man’ from the CD Instant Vintage.
2004 - Santana and ‘Brown Skin Girl’ from their CD All That I Am.
Check some of them out if you can. It’s a musical catalog that will blow you away. For more on Greg Adams go to www.gregadamsmusic.comPosted by Denis Poole at February 3, 2007 8:55 AM