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Porcaro, Steve - 2016 Someday Somehow

ARTIST: Porcaro, Steve
ALBUM: Someday Somehow
LABEL: Porcara Musica
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Steve Porcaro - vocals, piano, keyboards * Michael McDonald, Jamie Kimmett, Mabvuto Carpenter - lead vocals * Michael Sherwood - lead vocals, backing vocals, production * Mike Porcaro, Sam Porcaro - bass * Jeff Porcaro, Shannon Forrest, Robin DiMaggio, Rick Marotta, Toss Panos - drums * Steve Lukather, Marc Bonilla - guitars * Jimmy Haun - electric and acoustic guitars * Lenny Castro, Robin DiMaggio - percussion * Don Markese - clarinet, penny whistle, flute * Mike Biardi - drum loops * John van Tongeren - synth * Songa Lee, Marisa Kuney - violin * Darrin McCann - viola * Timothy Loo - cello * Carl Saunders - trumpet, clarinet * Scott Whitfield - trombone * Chuck Manning - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ready Or Not * 02 Loved By A Fool * 03 Someday Somehow * 04 Swing Street * 05 She's So Shy * 06 Back To You * 07 Face Of A Girl * 08 To No One * 09 Makeup * 10 She's The One * 11 Night Of Our Own * 12 Painting By Numbers * 13 More Than I Can Take



Last year's debate over the Toto 'XIV' album polarised a lot of GDM readers. I still stand by my opinion regarding the article I wrote. Some enjoyed the album, some hated it. Regardless, it shows how passionate people were about the band and the musicians within. After nearly four decades in the business, one of those musicians is now stepping out on his own as a solo artist. He is of course Steve Porcaro, one of the keyboard wizards of the band. Comparably, I think you can include the likes of fellow keyboard alumni James Newton Howard, and on the slinky west coast/jazz side of things, perhaps a touch of Steely Dan, Mark Spiro and Richard Page.

The Songs
The suave piano hits you early on as 'Ready Or Not' opens Porcaro's account. It's not quite dinner-table fare as per some of Jonathan Cain's solo material, but it's not a million miles away from it either. 'How Does It Feel' is kinda cool, the vocal interaction makes this a compulsory late-nite listen, with a hint of Mark Spiro's softer stuff. The spicy guitar solo adds a degree of separation too. Steve's vocals contain a breathy quality on the title track 'Someday Somehow', the song itself quite mild and subdued overall. 'Swing Street' is a neat and pleasant tune fit for a summers day, with attendees Michael McDonald and Steve Lukather at the ready. 'She's So Shy' is will-of-the-wisp stuff, poignant balladry for the tender-hearted.

Things take a funkier turn with the vibrant 'Back To You', which could be classed as AOR. Neat track whatever way you class it. 'Face Of A Girl' is another shimmering understated affair which drifts on a gentle breeze. At this point, the listener is pulled into various rooms as they wander down the Porcaro hall of melodies, where mostly acoustic ideas are expressed via piano and emotive lyrics. McDonald returns for 'Night Of Our Own', 'Painting By Numbers' is as light as wafer thin paper, while 'More Than I Can Take' takes us out on a piano laden exit. There's not a lot of variaton in the tempo; the album drifting on a cloud.

In Summary
Porcaro's debut solo album will probably suit those who prefer their music played in an avant garde style, rather than the big roaring synth workouts on efforts such a 'Toto IV', 'Isolation' and 'The Seventh One'. Don't be thinking this doesn't bear any legacy from Toto's back catalogue. Keep in mind that much of their early history was written around piano/keyboard based ideas generated by both Porcaro and bandmate David Paich, but still this is lighter than light, and some may pass on it because of that.

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#1 | Jez on October 07 2016 08:55:57
Love this album, especially when I want a bit of smooth, late night listening pleasure. Great musicianship and some cool tunes.
#2 | DEMONAOR on October 07 2016 17:46:51
Love this album too. I am a big Toto fans for 38 years and this album are one of my fave albums when I'm relaxing at home in the evening. Always thought Steve Porcaro was underrated both as a musician and as a singer.
#3 | jeffrey343 on October 17 2016 14:57:02
I'm a big smooth jazz fan, and I like a lot of the lighter stuff for when I'm in a mellow mood. This one, though, didn't do much for me. Glad several of you like it, but I suppose it's just not for me.
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