Altoist Eric Marienthal
(who is also heard on tenor, soprano and baritone) plays well throughout One Touch
but he is the only reason to acquire this disc. The backup, which includes keyboardist-producer Jeff Lorber
, a few vocalists and guest appearances from pianist David Benoit
and bassist John Patitucci
, is mostly pretty anonymous. The originals are forgettable and usually fade out when the music gets too heated. With all of the selections clocking in between three-and-a-half and almost five minutes, potential radio airplay was obviously the main purpose behind the music, which is consistently commercial, accessible, mildly soulful and very predictable. At best, One Touch
succeeds as background music but a close listen will frustrate listeners who know that Eric Marienthal
is capable of much more.