Eddie Gip Noble  - Love T.K.O.



Behind Teddy Pendergrass' Platinum hit Love T.K.O. stands one musician, the pianist and keyboardist Eddie Gip Noble. Noble wrote this hit for Pendergrass, widely covered by Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Womack & Womack, Alex Bugnon, Boz Scaggs, Eric Darius and others. Since more than three decades he is part of the R&B and jazz scene contributing his energy to performance and recordings of numerous stars like Randy Crawford, Noel Pointer, Gerald Albright, Pamela Williams, Shalamar, and a lot more. These experiences, things, and people all in a nutshell comprise the influence and passion behind his highly acclaimed music.

“One time I was hired by Gladys Knight and it was intense because they gave me her music at 10 p.m. and we started tour rehearsals the next morning. In the show she sang ‘I Will Survive’ and I accompanied her alone on piano. When I toured Japan with Patti Austin, we did ‘A Song For You’ and she told me she wanted me to play it with a different ending every night. That was quite a challenge.”

Filled with impressions of a rich musician's life Noble Cause sets the landmark of this year's smooth jazz releases. Gip's piano play is fertile and productive. On any corner of the notes we meet new surprises. Fresh like a fountain of youth.

I grew up with classics of Burt Bacharach. Trains & Boats & Planes is one of his eternal hits covered by legends like Astrud Gilberto, Connie Francis, Stan Getz, Dionne Warwick or The Shadows. Noble's version feasts in the palatability of Burt Bacharach's masterpiece.

Desert B.C. is a funky burst out of all what a good synth equipment can offer. A joy to listen, a passion to perform.

On Gip Hop retro organ sound meets contemporary synth in a special overdubbed way.

The title song Love T.K.O. brings back memories featuring saxophonist Louis Taylor. It was 1981 when Teddy Pendergrass released his album Ready For Teddy with this huge hit.

Carousel is a vibrant turning circle with sounds of piano, synth and steel pans. Easy like a childhood dream on a green flowered summer meadow.

Nite Song is featuring Zuri, an impressing female singer who has already performed with Chaka Khan, Brenton Woods, Michael Bolton, Johnnie Taylor, Shirley Brown, Shirley Ceasar, Jennifer Holiday, Brenda Holloway, Vesta,  Ramsey Lewis, to name a few. Her debut album A Woman's Perspective was released 2006 on Rasiah Records.

Reggae Man is an excursion to Jamaica's island. Swinging reggae flavored melody.

Christopher Cross' huge hit Sailing finds a safe harbor on Gip's album. An awesome rendition.

"Coming into Rio, you see Corcovado peak with its huge white statue of Christ. That sight led me to write this composition right away. I'd never felt that close to religion before," wrote Duke Pearson about his tune Cristo Redentor. Becoming ill Herbie Hancock became his permanent replacement in Donald Byrd's band. Herbie's piano play inspired Gip Noble to create his own graceful version.

The album is finished by a radio edit version of Trains & Boats & Planes.  

Love T.K.O. is the nucleus of Eddie Gip Noble's musical life. Colorful and rich.



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  • Title: Love TKO
    Artist: Eddie Gip Noble
    Year: 2007
    Length: 0:58:09
    Genre: General Jazz
    Label: Sonido Noble

    01 Noble Cause [5:21]
    02 Trains & Boats & Planes [7:17]
    03 Desert BC [5:15]
    04 Gip Hop [3:30]
    05 Love TKO [5:19]
    06 Carousel [4:57]
    07 Nite Song [6:03]
    08 Raggae Man [3:52]
    09 Sailing [5:32]
    10 Cristo Redentor [6:27]
    11 Trains & Boats & Planes (Radio) [4:36]