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John Klemmer — Touch
Album: Touch
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 688








Released: 1975
Length: 6:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Sax = yuck!
Automatic rating of 2
Never heard it before but it's great! Thanks Bill.
Is this a bad version of Kenny G?
Oh man! I had one of his albums!

Great tenor player, but he really went quiet after early 1980s.  
I'm giving this a 9.  First exposure to Klemmer was a double LP best of package (titled Mosaic) I picked up at a Navy Exchange record shop back in the late 70's.  Mind you, at the time I was mostly listening to hard rock, Dylan, Motown, Stax, but was starting to venture out a bit.  Bill correctly surmises that Klemmer probably kicked off the despised genre known as 'smooth jazz', but make no mistake: this guy was a lot more diverse and complex than the punters that came down the pike.
Like 80's porn deluxe soundtrack.
Quite good actually. So many people still think that Kenny G. is a great (soprano) sax player. And what about this John K.
Not my favorite style of jazz, but a nice little surprise on a rainy afternoon in the mountains. Kinda' fit.
 thewiseking wrote:

Umm, this stuff is the poison
 
Ahh, your youth is your poison.
 Popes wrote:
The best of its time...before the genre was poisoned.  Really good album.

 
Umm, this stuff is the poison
Sweet sax. But after a while... too long… it just begins to feel like aimless wandering.
 Moonflower31 wrote:
You can tell the ages of the people just by their comments. Those who get it it and those who don't.

 
Not necessarily; most people will either like it, dislike it, or not have a deep opinion - regardless of how old they are.  There's no reason to engage in ageism; there's more than enough of that going on already everywhere else.
I really, really would like to read more elaborated comments by the people who voted 1, 2 or 3. What in the end can't you like in this music?
 {#Yes}me too Beaker wrote:
Wow.  This takes me back.  One of the first jazz albums I bought.

 


 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

In 1975 I was 21 and the person I was then would not have liked this music.  Now, aged 62 I appreciate the musicianship and the ambient quality to the sound. With age brings perspective.

  
HA!  Well...we're the same age and I's just gots to say I liked this piece then, and still do today.  So I suppose one of us has grown while the other has....not?  ;-)  

But then again at that point in my life my tastes were all over the map.  From Grand Funk Rairlroad to Stevie Ray V. Black Oak Arkansas to the Allman Bro's, Lynard S to John Prine.  Randy Newman to ELP.  Steely Eye Span to Blue Oyster Cul, Happy the Man to Pat Metheny my sonic wanderings went everywhere.  I'm what you might call a musical omnivore.  And god help me I'm still like this today, and RP is my musical drug of choice.  Heh!

In any case I've always like this one from John K.  Nice stuff.   

Highlow
American Net'Zen


Sounds more like Steely Dan to me.  No doubt why it was just played following Haitian Divorce.
 ferwoman wrote:
Just caught some of this; reminiscent of Traffic. Like it at first listen.

 
Not a bad call.
Wow. Blast from the past. {#Chillpill}
 Moonflower31 wrote:
You can tell the ages of the people just by their comments. Those who get it it and those who don't.

 
In 1975 I was 21 and the person I was then would not have liked this music.  Now, aged 62 I appreciate the musicianship and the ambient quality to the sound. With age brings perspective.
1975. 

Like it, or not, this music is years ahead? 
Always liked John Klemmer.  Have this album and several others of his. 
Call it what you want but it's very good to my ears at this time.
 handyrae wrote:

Well, someone has to be first.

 
No man....there is no way this is smooth jazz. It's way more intricate and less conceived. It's more of a jam vibe.
 Wallybob wrote:
When I first heard this I was inspired to get a saxaphone. I would sit in front of a speaker with my Hawaiian home grown and play along with Klemmer.

 
COOL! follow inspiration, receive exhilaration  ; )    rock on Wallybob
You can tell the ages of the people just by their comments. Those who get it it and those who don't.
Am I at the dentist office?  ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz......
Now you're getting it. 
 garyalex wrote:

I must be taking the wrong elevators.  The hundreds I've been on in NYC don't play music like this.

 
If they played music like this, no one would get out. I think this is a great piece. Klemmer's entire album is something you can put up front or in the background and enjoy and appreciate. 8
Wow Thanks
- Hadn't thought of this in 30+ years. - Good to hear again
 Chrisjea wrote:
I must be on an elevator.  Or waiting on the phone for a service rep.  Yuck

 
I must be taking the wrong elevators.  The hundreds I've been on in NYC don't play music like this.
The best of its time...before the genre was poisoned.  Really good album.
Wow, I haven't heard this in 30 plus years.  It is an excellent album. 
I must be on an elevator.  Or waiting on the phone for a service rep.  Yuck
 dragon1952 wrote:
John Klemmer is not smooth jazz. In 1978 when this was released there wasn't even a genre called smooth jazz.
 
Well, someone has to be first.
Wow, maJic. Thanks once again RP for opening my eyes...
Music Touch
 snitramc wrote:
Smoove jazz. Time to run away.

  John Klemmer is not smooth jazz. In 1978 when this was released there wasn't even a genre called smooth jazz. Although this might have been a predecessor to that particular genre, and way ahead of it's time I might add, it still had a touch of fusion to it like his earlier work....similar to Charles Lloyd at the time and maybe Chuck Mangione?


 thewiseking wrote:
Dr Fishbein will see you now.  Don't worry, we will numb you up first with some lidocaine, John Klemmer or perhaps a little Kenny G.

 
That was really rude. On the other hand, I agree with you.
I never rated this music when it came out, and I don't rate it now.
 
Wow....I haven't heard this for 35 yrs.
Dr Fishbein will see you now.  Don't worry, we will numb you up first with some lidocaine, John Klemmer or perhaps a little Kenny G.
1975 in my college dorm room.  Brings back memories.  Thanks.  I have not heard this in years.
 jademon wrote:
I think I prefer Sexy Sax Man:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws

 
Hilarious:)
I think I prefer Sexy Sax Man:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws
Love this song. And Tom Scott's "Shadows" a year or so later.
I took my girlfriend at the time to see Klemmer on the Barefoot Ballet tour. She just about ripped her clothes off, better to storm the stage. He had that certain effect.
I still have this LP.
I haven't heard this in years.
This came out during an Interesting time for me.
Smoove jazz. Time to run away.
When I first heard this I was inspired to get a saxaphone. I would sit in front of a speaker with my Hawaiian home grown and play along with Klemmer.
It's possible I have not heard this John Klemmer track since a 70's Sunday afternoon on WCAS, Cambridge!
Ah memories..... most excellent thanks
wow is this nice!
Tasty indeed.

This brings back memories of my single, "set-the-mood" days.  Sigh.

{#Kiss}


sweet and melodic

I had forgotten this

thanks


This reminds me slightly of Steely Dan
Oh yeah............ So subtle and sexy smooth.............
This song made it on to my make-out mix cassette tapes back in the day.
Good memories and same effect today
 
 imuc wrote:
This deviates too far into the elevator musaac genre for me. There aren't many songs like this on Radio Paradise that I have to press the mute button for!!!

 
it wasn't musac at the time. It was actually kind of "out there"...but I agree the Kenny G era killed this sort of mellow improv. Still a 9 from me, though, but only because it was the first album a girlfriend ever thought to buy me.

"I can see myself walking through a Dillard's store with this music."

                                   - My Coworker, Right Now.


This deviates too far into the elevator musaac genre for me. There aren't many songs like this on Radio Paradise that I have to press the mute button for!!!

Interesting, although I could do without the wind chimes and noodling electronic keyboard. This is the first time I've heard Klemmer and he doesn't seem too far off from (please don't brickbat me)...Kenny G. 
 btt wrote:
This is the first jazz album I ever owned , and unlike me , this has aged very well .

 
Ha!  Not the first for me, but I'm right there with ya on the aging aspect as I did a head-jerking spin-around to check the artist recognition that I, too, had bought this back in '75. And then was dumbfounded in the "it's been THAT long where'd I go" aspect of the recognition 

But.....hey......look at it this way; you may not be as young as you used to be but you're nowhere near as old as you're gonna be (somday). 

Live well!

Highlow
American Net'Zen
I haven't heard this in ages. That's a very minor tragedy. This is a great piece of music.
waiting room music     (but not really bad at all)

Dr Feingold will see you now. Don't worry, we will numb you up first with some lidocaine, John Klemmer or perhaps a little Kenny G.


VERY TASTY....{#Dance}
love this.  always did.
 oldsaxon wrote:
This was sooo sexy. 

 
It still is.
 Jazbo wrote:

Timeless beauty.....

 
nightdrive wrote:
Horrible crap.
  

I can't decide between "timeless crap" or "horrible beauty".  
This is the first jazz album I ever owned , and unlike me , this has aged very well .

Timeless beauty.....


Horrible crap.
Nice sweet jazz.  Thanks.
Absolutely an all time fave!  Great mood music
One of the greatest jazz albums ever made! I play tenor sax and know every single line by heart! I fell asleep every night to the 8 track...Bill you are a genius for pulling this one out!!!
Thanks Bill. RP is radio paradise. 
 kaviksdad wrote:
Man - I can't tell you how many times this was playing in the background during some of my more "intimate" moments  {#Biggrin}

I'd give it a 20 if I could, just on the memories alone
 
I am adding this to the relevant playlist as we speak :)
 oldsaxon wrote:
This was sooo sexy. 

 
Actually, it was Sax-y....
This was sooo sexy. 
 DaveInVA wrote:



Just played this earlier today....

 
I haven't played mine in years!


 kaviksdad wrote:
Man - I can't tell you how many times this was playing in the background during some of my more "intimate" moments  {#Biggrin}

I'd give it a 20 if I could, just on the memories alone

 
No shit. What a way to set the mood. And keep it. {#Cheers}
Needs to be followed up with some Barry White!{#Kiss}

Hey, Tina...I'm still dreaming of you and it's only been, what....30 years?
This album is fantastic. Had it on vinyl. Lost or gave away all vinyl. Forgot I had this, will now need to get it again.



Just played this earlier today....
Never heard this one before. Love it.
 kaviksdad wrote:
Man - I can't tell you how many times this was playing in the background during some of my more "intimate" moments  {#Biggrin}

I'd give it a 20 if I could, just on the memories alone

 
yes, sax and sex....so close....i remember
Wow! John Klemmer on RP! My day is made {#Notworthy}
Man - I can't tell you how many times this was playing in the background during some of my more "intimate" moments  {#Biggrin}

I'd give it a 20 if I could, just on the memories alone
hello Saxophone song man
 
OMG, I had forgotten about Klemmer!  I have this LP from back in the day....recognized it in the background right away and had to come see if I was just hallucinating!!!  
Man, this brings me back to college days . . . John Klemmer . . . hadn't thought of this music in forever.
Haven't heard this in years! Thanks for playing it!
Just caught some of this; reminiscent of Traffic. Like it at first listen.