Southern California singer Michael Franks
has left his footprints on smooth jazz with a myriad of albums.
Starting with his self-titled album in 1973, Michael Franks soon
joined Warner Bros. with the albums The Art of Tea (1975
Sleeping Gypsy (1977),
Burchfield Nines (1978),Tiger in the Rain
One Bad Habit (1980),
Michael Franks with Crossfire: Live (1980),
Objects of Desire (1982),
Skin Dive (1985), The Camera Never Lies
Blue Pacific (1990),
Dragonfly Summer (1993),
Abandoned Garden (1995)
The Best of Michael Franks: A Backward Glance (1998).
1999 followed Barefoot on the Beach (Windham Hill),
2003 The Michael Franks Anthology: The Art of Love, 2003
Watching the Snow (Rhino; rereleased in 2007 on Koch Records),
2004 the compilation Love Songs (Warner Bros.) and 2006
Rendezvous in Rio (Koch Records).
After a long hiatus Michael Franks returns with Time Together
on Shanachie Entertainment. Michael invited to his project top-notch
musicians like Chuck Loeb (guitars, keys, programming), Will Lee
(bass), Wolfgang Haffner (drums), Eric Marienthal (sax), Till Brönner
(trumpet), Mark Egan (bass), Gil Goldstein (piano) and many more. The
high quality of this album is evident. When you are a fan of Michael's
vocals, this album is your musical paradise.
Now That The Summer's Here is Michael's recommendation for this
season. Swinging on Chuck Loeb's guitar line Michael reveals his
sunshine reverie. One Day In St. Tropez is a look back to a
wonderful time at the Côte d'Azur. Franks' imagination of a travelling
guitarist is filled with life by Romero Lumambo.
Another time, another place. With Summer In New York Michael
Franks conjures memories of Big Apple featuring Till Brönner's shining
trumpet. On Mice Mike Mainieri's Vibraphone and David
Spinozza's guitar spin a superb waltz. With Charlie Chan In Egypt,
a figure of a 1935 20th Century Fox movie, Michael Franks combines his
own opinion about the disparate American war policy: "The fact that we
are now engaged in unprovoked aggression… it seems like such a strange
thing for us to be doing. I know that there have been times in our
history when we have done things that fall into that category, but
you’d hope that, over time, we would have learned something."
On I'd Rather Be Happy Than Right Michael is swaying on a Bossa
Nova rhythm following Chris Loeb's guitar. A melancholic memory at the
wonderful time with his beloved family. Time Together describes
this recall with heartfelt notes. With Samba Blue Michael
Franks thinks back to his stay in Paris. A city which always reminds
him at his adored woman strolling the Champs Elysee, drinking coffee
and kissing in the Metro.
On My Heart Said Wow Michael Franks invites
Veronica Nunn to a jazzy duet. A favor Veronica returns for Michael's
greatly appreciated contribution to her album The Art Of Michael
Franks. If I Could Make September Stay is a nostalgic
goodbye to a lost season, a part of a charming time. Do angels' wings
really have feathers like birds? Feather's From An Angel's Wing
answers with an astounding yes. Another musical indulgence in
Michael Franks is a blessed composer, songwriter,
arranger. His new album Time Together is the best realization
of his fine compositions you can imagine.