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Night of Rapture Live
     

A Night of Rapture Live

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by Anita Baker
 
Recorded at the height of her popularity during her 1986 tour, Anita Baker: A Night of Rapture Live reminds fans why the elusive songstress was once crowned Queen of the Quiet Storm. When the Grammy-winning Baker disappeared from the music scene after 1994's Rhythm of Love, she left a void in contemporary R&B for those

Overview

Recorded at the height of her popularity during her 1986 tour, Anita Baker: A Night of Rapture Live reminds fans why the elusive songstress was once crowned Queen of the Quiet Storm. When the Grammy-winning Baker disappeared from the music scene after 1994's Rhythm of Love, she left a void in contemporary R&B for those yearning for grown folks' soul music -- one that can't be filled by girlish fluff from Beyoncé and Ashanti. But on the nine songs collected here -- mostly from Baker's 1986 debut disc, Rapture, and recorded at several venues including Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall -- her smoldering, jazzy vocals are given new life. Although her voice is sometimes off key, as on the shaky opening track, "Caught Up in the Rapture," even Baker's imperfections are endearing, and she quickly gets her groove back on the haunting "Mystery" and the scat-accented "Been So Long." The rest of the disc finds Baker, who is reportedly working on a new album with Babyface, in equally fine voice. The diva sparks even more nostalgia with stirring, gospel-informed renderings of "You Bring Me Joy," featuring a sax solo by Gerald Albright, and the showstopper "Sweet Love." The only surprise is an improvisational reading of Van Morrison's "Moondance," produced by George Duke and recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Throughout, Baker proves to be a class act whose elegance has been sorely missed. With this disc, fans old and new can get caught up in her rapture all over again.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227814427
catalogNumber:
78144
Rank:
21429

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita Baker   Primary Artist
Gerald Albright   Bass,Saxophone
Bobby Lyle   Keyboards,Musical Direction
James Bradley   Drums
Garry Glenn   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Donald Griffin   Guitar
Freida Williams   Background Vocals
Gina Taylor   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anita Baker   Composer
George Duke   Producer
David Lasley   Composer
Gary Bias   Composer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Executive Producer
Garry Glenn   Composer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Ken Hirsch   Composer
Gary Jackson   Liner Notes
Louis Johnson   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Barney Perkins   Remixing
Marti Sharron   Composer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Robin Sloane   Executive Producer
Darryl K. Roberts   Composer
Jon Small   Video Producer
Nancy L. Hopkins   Art Direction
Dianne Quander   Composer

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