Orpheus Records
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz

Album Review

Alex Bugnon's commercial pop-jazz output of the early to mid-1990s wasn't fantastic, but it did indicate that he had some potential as both a pianist/keyboardist and a composer. Generally more substantial than most of the other albums that smooth jazz stations played in 1991, the uneven, erratic 107 in the Shade is far from a gem, but has its moments. Bugnon gets into a pleasant, Joe Sample-ish groove on "Paris and May" and "When I Think About Home," whereas the much too brief "Fly, Spirit, Fly" hints at Pat Metheny. It was obvious that Sample was a major influence on Bugnon, although there were also traces of Ahmad Jamal in his playing. One of the CD's main flaws is Bugnon's tendency to overproduce -- like other Bugnon releases, 107 in the Shade could have used a lot more improvising and a lot less producing and arranging. Despite a few memorable cuts, Shade really isn't worth the price of admission; it's clear that Bugnon is capable of much more.
Alex Henderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Paris in May
  2. 107 Degrees in the Shade
  3. Somewhere
  4. Fly, Spirit, Fly
  5. Heart of New York
  6. Back O' Town
  7. When I Think About Home
  8. So in Love
  9. The Lone Crusader
  10. Conversation Piece No. 1
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