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Midnight Passion


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  • Personnel includes: Michael Paulo (various instruments); Carl Anderson (vocals); Heat (rap vocals); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet); Brian Simpson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Steve Porcaro (keyboards); Fred Schreuders (acoustic & electric guitars); Freddie Washington (bass);
  • Harvey Mason (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).
  • Producers include: Michael Paulo, Freddie Washington, David Williams, Melissa Paulo.
  • Personnel: Michael Paulo (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, drum programming); David Williams (vocals, guitar, drum programming); "Ready" Freddie Washington (vocals, keyboards); Lynn Fiddmont, Dara Rolins, Carl Anderson (vocals); Fred Schreuders (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ray Fuller (guitar, electric guitar); Mike O'Neil (acoustic guitar); Dean Parks (electric guitar); Kimo Cornwell (strings, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet); Brian Simpson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Steve Porcaro (keyboards); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Land Richards, Tris Imboden (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Sergio Gonzales (drum programming).
  • Audio Mixers: Bruce Ablin; Khaliq Glover; Tom McCauley.
  • Liner Note Author: Michael Paulo.
  • Recording information: Apaulo Studio; Moving Hands Studio; Ready Freddie Sound; The Track House.
  • Michael Paulo's ingenious "Millennium Swing" on the saxman's Midnight Passion would have been the perfect party music to ring in Y2K with. Using the dramatic backdrop of the Johann Strauss theme made famous by the movie 2001 as a launching pad, Paulo weaves retro-soul and blues/funk keyboard flavors (alternating synth-created B-3 and Rhodes sounds) and wah-wah guitar clicks with brass flourishes and a playful call and response between his honking soprano and Michael "Patches" Stewart's trumpet.
  • Then it's disco all the way with "YT," which combines a punchy drum machine, soaring tenor melody, and a synth string line that approximates the vibe of the Soul Train theme. Most of the other tunes are more typical of Paulo's previous catalog, a mix of easy funk grooves and dreamy, smoldering ballads that the album title -- which recalls that of his first album, 1989's One Passion -- would seem to promise. In looking towards the millennium, he seems to be surveying elements of the past three decades. Kimo Cornwell's Rhodes brings a '70s Crusaders flavor to several tunes, while "Struttin' With Mama Mae" combines '90s hip-hop energy with occasional bursts of the type of synth accents that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis used with Janet Jackson in the '80s. ~ Jonathan Widran
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