A beautiful blend of so many elements that Rick incorporates in this absolutely evolving musical adventure. In my opinion… his best yet! He just steps through this with ease making it extremely enjoyable to listen to. Rick has his friends join him in this masterpiece including: guitarist, Peter White; Keyboardist, Philippe Saisse; Tenor sax man, Richard Elliot; drummer extraordinaire, Eric Valentine & legendary percussionist, Richie "Gajate" Garcia with Chris “Big Dog” Davis as first time collaborator along with keyboardist, Greg Phillinganes, world class session guitarist, Michael Thompson and drummer great, Gregg Bissonette.
Rick starts off with “Around the Corner:” It is a very FUNKY, upbeat Latin-style song guaranteed to give you the musical buzz you have been looking for. Listening to it is like taking your best worn-in shoes to a dance; familiar, comfortable. You won't want to stop dancing to that infectious groove. It will become addicting. I've played this song no less than a dozen times and never tire of it.
It's in my head and I've got it on a loop. A super way to kick off Crossroads! “Brazz Street:” Comes on soft. One of the greatest songs I've heard in a long time! Sweet, soft, smooth, silky, sexy! That covers a lot of "S's!"And with it comes goose bumps! Rick cowrote this enchanting tune with Chris “Big Dog” Davis. David Dyson is on bass while the extraordinary Eric Valentine appears here on drums.
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