The Carnevel Kings undoubtedly have noble intentions and tight chops, and their members probably have killer record collections. But sometimes those qualities aren't enough to raise a recording above mere adequateness. The Kings—R. Scott (keyboards, vocals), Philip Golla (vocals, sax), Nic Chaffee (bass, guitar, trumpet) and Mark Gusek (drums, percussion)—obviously are seasoned professionals, with previous stints in the Helmut Stein Experience and the King Mixers. Their grasp of soul, funk, R&B, blues, and jazz is undeniable, but somehow all this experience and knowledge add up to a generic listening experience on... More >>>