Just received a new 3RD Force CD, "Gentle Force." I really like it and feel it will please fans of Sade, because the vibe is so similar. Strangely enough, there does not seem to be any overlap of personnel in her band and that of 3RD Force. Another thing, 3RD force lacks Denman, the gifted bassist for Sade. In fact, 3RD Force has no bassist! Maybe my ear isn't too good, but it seems that the bass is synth or mostly synth. William Aura and Alian Eskinasi both share bass duities according to the booklet, but they also play keyboards and "grooves." I was wondering how they would sound with Denman manning the bass. Be warned, fans of heavier jazz will NOT like this album and relegate it to "smooth jazz" infamy, but I soldier on valiently or foolishly depending on the point of view as one who does enjoy some of the better practitioners of smooth jazz.