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Sparks, Melvin / It Is What It Is
Album:It Is What It Is Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sparks, Melvin Added:May 2005
Label:Savant Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-08-14 Pull Date:2005-10-16 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Oct 16Oct 9Oct 2Sep 25Sep 18Sep 11Sep 4Aug 28
Airplays:11112331

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 06, 2023:soul street
It Is What It Is
4.May 02, 2012:Jumping from the Hump! (Full Moon)
Thank You
2.Jan 01, 2015:2015-1-1
Charlie Brown
5.May 29, 2006:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
Pick Up the Pieces
3.Sep 06, 2014:Music Casserole
It Is What It Is
6.Oct 10, 2005:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
Pick Up the Pieces

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-08-14 
Bluesy, soulful jazz guitar w/B-3 organ for that bubbing funky sound. Sparks has a crisp sound on guitar, lots of precise single notes punctuated with creative clumps and chords. Most tracks lack a hard, funky edge, but there's plenty of energy and fun.

1- Mid/fast ... guitar solo crisp, not too showy
2- Big sweeping theme, cool mid/fast jam
3- Famous '50s song becomes an energetic jam
4- Midtempo, a cooldown song
5- Propulsive funk, mid/fast
6- Fast blues w/vocal
7- Relaxed mid/fast. Summery, a bit cheesy.
8- Snappy funk! Classic tune, interesting intro
9- George Benson cover, verges on smooth disco. Not recommended.

Track Listing
1.It Is What It Is 5.Clinton Park
2.Thank You 6.Guitar Playah
3.Charlie Brown 7.Got the Blues?
4.A Love Jam 8.Pick Up the Pieces
 9.Give Me the Night