Take This Ride
Dave Sereny crossed
my way first time with his fantastic collection Jazz Room
(2004), a five-CD series (Latin Jazz, Classic Jazz, Vocal Jazz,
Jazz Sampler, Smooth Jazz). This collection was released by Dave
Groove United which was established by Dave and his brother Mike
Sereny in 1996. I had the opportunity and pleasure to
review these recordings in
Toronto based Sereny
was a multiple nominee at the 2006 Canadian
Smooth Jazz Awards. The Canadians really support their musicians. He performed with jazz and rock greats such as
Kenwood Denar, Ritchie Cole, Jose Feliciano, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Rex
Smith and Mark Whitfield.
The album starts with a cover of Give It To Me Baby. This
essential classic Funk song was one of the greatest hits Rick James
had and was originally released on his million-selling album Street
Songs (1981). Dave's interpretation is elegant and smoothes out the
vicious guitar tone of the original still keeping it cool and vibrant.
Funkified is a
creation of Darren Rahn, that means he has written the song, made the awesome
horn arrangement and also played the additional wah guitar. Darren has
just released his sax album Once In A Lifetime (2005). Funk is
en vogue now and this track brings it on the top. Darren is also known
for his fantastic remakes of classics for Wayman Tisdale.
Do For Love
was penned by Dave. Chicago native Lemoyne Alexander levels the tune
up to a seductive modern song with the soulful vocals of Canadian /
Hungarian song bird Delilah and his special keyboard loops.
The song Take This
Ride is featuring N'Dea Davenport and Ladybug Mecca. N'Dea is a
singer best known for her role in the Brand New Heavies, a British
funk/R&B band, a group responsible for the Acid Jazz wave in the early
90s. Ladybug Mecca is known by her rap work with Digable Planet. Two
power women and Dave's dream guitar revives the Acid Jazz wave.
On Fly Away
Dave's elder brother Mike adds roaring organ grooves to Dave's
eclectic guitar sound while Delilah waves in her beautiful siren
vocals. Delilah came in contact with Dave by her brother Paul Lakatos,
a guitar virtuoso, who is performing in Toronto's jazz clubs.
featuring jazz legend Bob James on piano. Written by Omar Edwards, who
performs synth and keys on this tune, this tune needs some second
develop in your mind.
Bass player Nathan
Watts wrote Keep Goin'. He is Stevie Wonder's bassist since 33
years and played on most of Stevie's albums since 1975. His goal is to
finally put out a solo CD; it will be a combination of vocal tunes and
bass-heavy instrumentals. Keep this tune in mind and you can await a
really good album.
On This Time
audience can listen to the signature bass sound of Wayman Tisdale.
Wayman plays a melodic bass accompanying Dave's guitar journey in his
St. Tropez is a chic city in southern France, located on the
French Riviera. Popular for its famous and wealthy guests, it is often
called the Marbella of France. Dave perfectly catches the glamour of
this town in his song.
Luxury of Love
is featuring the lucid sax of Warren Hill.
Lucubration and melody or improvisation
and chaos that are the poles between which musicians are drawn. This
song is certainly placed at the pole of melody, mellow and smooth like
Street was written by Dave under the influence of George Benson,
the lead melody of the song has this classic attraction which tickles
my brain activity.
Closer of this album
is the seductive Blueberry Groove. Dave has a talent for
hooking melodies. With keyboardist Lemoyne Alexander on his side it's
easy to translate notes in action.
Dave Sereny's new
album Take This Ride is a gem for all smooth jazz lovers.