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Along the Way - The Best of Dan Siegel

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Album Review

The release of this collection is a somewhat bittersweet reminder that, due to label hassles, one of the great architects of the playful, melodic funk that became smooth jazz in the late '80s didn't play enough of a role in the genre's growth later on. In the '90s, Siegel released a few solid discs — including the largely unappreciated but brilliant worldbeat project Hemispheres in '95 — but, for the most part, radio just kept playing older Siegel hits like "Rhapsody," "Northern Nights," and other songs that helped launch the format way back when. Although the few early- and mid-'80s tracks on Along the Way are synth heavy, their great melodicism and infectious grooves define what smooth jazz was like in the early days. "Dee-ah," from 1991, lets us in on the fun Siegel had when he worked with live horns and allowed himself to draw on a straight-ahead jazz background for some giddy soloing. Fortunately, this 18-track collection is more than just nostalgia. The disc's five new tracks show that Siegel has returned in style, eager to see what the future holds. And he's joined the retro-soul generation. On "What Gives," Siegel textures his speedy piano melody with a throbbing, percussive groove and insistent wah-wah guitar licks from Allen Hinds. Rob Bacon's guitar adds subtlety to "From the Heart," a track that recalls Siegel's best piano-sax interactions of yore. For long-time Siegel fans, this collection will prove a good gathering of golden oldies. Surely, though, new fans will join the flock once a few of the new cuts get airplay.

Customer Reviews

Nice stuff from a highly overlooked artist

Several great cuts off this CD, not the least of which is the lovely "Next to You," featuring the voice of none other than Kenny Rankin. There are some standard "smooth jazz" cuts on here, too...pieces you've heard time and again and thought, "I wonder who does that song?"

A good collection but...

...there are some other songs that should also be here as well such as "Distant Thoughts" and "Phunkin". But that doesn't mean that this album is awful. Songs such as "What Gives" and "Northern Nights" are standouts. If you are interested in some good Dan Siegel, I recommend you buying his album, "Northern Nights" (Not on Itunes).

Unimpressive

I just gave Dan Siegel's "Inside Out" a good review because it had, for the most part, pure piano, drums and bass, with occasional sax and guitar. This is just the opposite - lots of overpowering synthesizer and not enough piano. Two stars says it all.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Smooth jazz keyboardist Dan Siegel has been helping to shape the genre since his recording debut in 1980. Born in Seattle and raised in Eugene, OR, Siegel started taking piano lessons at age eight and was fronting a rock band at 12. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he received a degree in composition from the University of Oregon and began recording his own works. Soon thereafter, well-known independent jazz label Inner City Records signed the young keyboardist, releasing 1980's...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Smooth Jazz
  • Released: Oct 24, 2000

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