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January/February 2000

Rhythm Logic
Rhythm Logic
Zebra

A self-proclaimed "super group" featuring Michael White and Ron Smith (veteran players noted for time with Frankie Beverly and Maze), Rhythm Logic mines similar territory explored by Fourplay-mostly mid-tempo, synthesizer driven light R&B fare.
On the group's eponymously titled debut effort (Zebra ZD 44018; 48:14), the genre is delivered with mostly coldly electronic, unaffecting results ("Take Me Away" and "You Know I Will" are prime examples). Some well-chosen cover tunes are likewise
rendered either dull and fluffy (the great Donald Fagen tune "I.G.Y.," saddled here with a way-too-slow-developing intro) or artificial and aloof (Earth Wind & Fire's "Fantasy," which fails to spark despite the best efforts of throaty-voiced Maysa Leak).
More promising selections include the catchy "Tuesday's Love," propelled by a romping rhythmic bass line by Dwayne Smith, and "Full Speed," demonstrating the band's tight timing on a halting-mid tempo piece-although it's not quite the fusion train you might hope for based upon the title.

Originally published in January/February 2000
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