Back In The Day
is Jeff Kashiwa's first
solo project with Shanachie, seventh overall, and follows The
CD (2008 - Kashiwa, Kim Waters and Steve Cole – also
on Shanachie). Produced by Chris Parks, Kim Waters, Dave Kochanski,
Rodney Lee, Kashiwa, Back In The Day
long-time band members, Allen Hinds and Melvin Davis; Dave Kochanski
who played keyboards for the Rippingtons and was in Bamboo Forest
with Jeff. There are ten original tracks – a rare and
refreshing thing these days - nine written or co-written by Kashiwa.
Opening things up is the radio-friendly "When it Feels Good," written
by Kashiwa and fellow Sax Pack-er Kim Waters. The more groove-oriented "You're
The One" follows, featuring Kashiwa on tenor sax and Dave Kochanski
on keys. This one turns into a lot of fun toward the end.
Chris Parks and Kashiwa wrote and perform on the very funky and fun, "Creepin." Parks'
lays down the groove on this one, and Kashiwa has a great time playing
tenor sax over it. "Free Flyer" another Parks/Kashiwa
track, moves into a completely different direction. Parks lays
down another great grove on the bass, but Kashiwa's soprano sax is
light and soaring. "Somethin' Real" brings back the
funk with John James on vocals; Kashiwa on tenor sax; Parks on bass,
guitar, and keys; and Bruce Flowers on Wurlitzer and Organ.
"Meet You There" written by Jeff and fellow Sax Pack-er Kim Waters,
is another radio-friendly tune with some nice chemistry between Waters, Allen
Hinds and Kashiwa. Rodney Lee, Melvin Davis, and Allen Hinds lend a
hand on the funky, soulful track, "The Attraction." Chris Parks
and Kashiwa get together again on the down-tempo, sensual "Baby, Come
Over," and soulful title track, "Back In The Day."
The CD closes with "Honesty" - a beautiful, ethereal track
highlighting Kashiwa's soprano sax – a nice way to end a solid