RELEASE
1991
LABEL
Orpheus Records
GENRES
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 Mayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/paris-in-may/id158663095?i=158663189&uo=5
  2. 107 Degrees in the Shadehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/107-107-in-the-shade/id158663095?uo=5
  3. Somewherehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/somewhere/id158663095?i=158663197&uo=5
  4. Fly, Spirit, Flyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/fly-spirit-fly/id158663095?i=158663206&uo=5
  5. Heart of New Yorkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heart-of-new-york/id158663095?i=158663211&uo=5
  6. Back O' Townhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/back-o-town/id158663095?i=158663217&uo=5
  7. When I Think About Homehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/when-i-think-about-home/id158663095?i=158663221&uo=5
  8. So in Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/so-in-love/id158663095?i=158663225&uo=5
  9. The Lone Crusaderhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-lone-crusader/id158663095?i=158663243&uo=5
  10. Conversation Piece No. 1http://itunes.apple.com/album/107-107-in-the-shade/id158663095?uo=5
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