Many have remembered Paul Hardcastle through his huge
hits King Tut, 19, Just For Money or
Rainforest. However, he was never able to build on these really
great successes again. But the smooth jazz community knows him all
the better through his numerous series like Kiss the Sky (with
Jaki Graham) and The Jazzmasters, as well as under his real
name Paul Hardcastle.
The latest The Jazzmasters album was VII
in 2014, Hardcastle VIII was released in 2018, The
Chill Lounge Vol. 3 in 2015 and The Chill Lounge Vol. 4 in
April, 2020. If you want to get an overview of his complete works, I
recommend this website.
Paul Hardcastle is one of those musicians who deny themselves live
performances. This is probably mainly due to the fact that he creates
most of his albums as a multi-instrumentalist. Also on his latest album
he crafts his music on this solo way. Flugelhorn player Gary Winters,
saxophonist Rock Hendricks, and vocalist Maxine Hardcastle, his
daughter, are as well on this recordings.
The album starts
with the ambient intro Welcome to the Morning featuring
melodious guitar chords accompanied by synth waves. Then Paul fires up
his famous groove machine on Latitude. Rock Hendricks sets his
accents with grooving blows on sax.
On Tropicool Paul
exercises a key theme in slow-tempo repetition, while Gary Winters
improvises on Flugelhorn in excellent brilliance refreshing the tune to
something special. Welcome to the Beach presents a slick and
smooth motif, that fully justifies the adjective "soothing".
Outside My Window features songstress Maxine
Hardcastle, her silky vocals reminds me of the German singer Sandra who
enjoyed a mainstream popularity in the 1980s. Let It Go
combines successfully anew Paul Hardcastle's sound engine with Rock
Hendrix's ultra smooth sax.
Soaring Like An Eagle is an
onomatopoeic title that is perfectly reflected in Hardcastle's rising
music. No Escape Pt 1 and Pt. 2, yes there are two
parts of the song on the album. On both tracks Maxine languishes in a
lusty mood, while Rock underlines her vocals on sax.
On Universal Vibes Paul handles his nifty
hypnotic tune nicely interlaced with Rock's relaxing sax. Falling
is a rhythmical, sultry and suave Pop tune featuring Maxine's echoed
vocals. We have to celebrate a real melody. Lovin' You Lovin' Me
featuring Maxine's lead vocals has all ingredients to climb the Pop
Innocent falls back on the pulsating sound
mix for which Paul Hardcastle is so well known.
Hardcastle IX Paul Hardcastle remains true to himself 1:1. With a
music scheme that's hypnotically appealing he can rally his loyal fan
base behind him.
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Title: Hardcastle IX
Artist: Paul Hardcastle
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Trippin N Rhythm Records
1) Welcome to the Morning (2:08)
2) Latitude (4:24)
4) Welcome to the Beach (4:09)
5) Outside My
6) Let It Go (4:29)
7) Soaring Like an Eagle
8) No Escape Pt 1 (4:39)
9) Universal Vibes (4:26)
10) Falling (5:52)
11) No Escape Pt 2 (4:35)
12) Lovin' You
Lovin' Me (3:31)
13) Innocent (4:46)