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CD REVIEW: Chris White – “Hideaway”
By Stacey Board - 01/11/2005 - 07:15 PM EST

Artist: Chris White
Album: “Hideaway”
CD Review: “Hideaway” is an enjoyable listen of jazz with soulful application. This is not your elevator’s jazz. It has a groove and an R&B feel that works within the jazz foundation. It is a pleasant mix on many levels.

White himself does the writing and some guitar and keyboard playing. He has a talented bunch of players that add vocals, saxophone, drums and bass throughout the songs here and there. The sophistication evident in all their performances and light-handed arrangement style make the songs even more enjoyable. The vocalists Janet Planet and Joe Jordan are real stand-outs.

It is also a plus that there are several instrumental numbers alongside tracks with vocals. This makes the entire CD have variety. Lastly it is admirable that White included 15 full tracks that are so thematically varied. White covers topics from love, loss, travels, places imagined and well-loved. Fifteen tracks seems like a lot more music than anyone includes on their CD’s these days and all of these songs are solid.

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