Scott Wilkie – Boundless (1999)

Scott Wilkie - Boundless (1999)
Artist: Scott Wilkie
Album: Boundless
Label: Narada
Year Of Release: 1999
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
01. Sporty! (3:59)
02. Home Again (4:25)
03. Sailcats (5:18)
04. Rivertown (4:58)
05. Chasing The Dream (4:29)
06. Nothing Yet (3:39)
07. Reverie (3:31)
08. Those (4:43)
09. Song For Shari (4:39)
10. Poolside (4:05)
11. Water Balloons (5:55)

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Personnel:
Scott Wilkie (acoustic and electric piano, synthesizers, organ);
Paul Jackson Jr., Matthew Von Doran, Russ Freeman, Chuck Yamek, Peter Sprague, Tom Strahle (guitars);
Nathan Brown, John Patitucci, Alec Milstein (bass);
Jeff Kashiwa (saxophone and EWI);
David Owens (drums and percussion);
Steve Reid (percussion);
Penny Malley (vocals);
Dave Kochanski (organ).

Keyboardist Scott Wilkie’s debut recording is an agreeable collection of melodic, pop-jazz ensemble pieces that are hospitable almost to a fault. Wilkie’s upbeat, eager-to-please approach serves nearly every selection sunny-side up, and the prevailing cheerfulness makes more-subdued pieces, such as the piano-focused “Reverie” and “Song for Shari,” welcome respites. Still, it’s hard to fault Wilkie’s intentions, and when he chooses to bypass electric keyboards (which sound a bit dated at times) or remembers to lock the saxophonists out of the studio, his compositions rise a notch above standard smooth-jazz fare. Guitar-supported tracks, such as “Nothing Yet” and “Poolside,” are among this disc’s better offerings. Guest players include Russ Freeman, Nathan Brown, and John Patitucci. — Terry Wood

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