A Packet of Love Letters

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Now in her mid-sixties, Dakota Staton has never sounded better. Her soulful, hither-come-yon, rich voice and clean inflections sound as graceful and classy as the early days. Backed by a very complementary crew including tenor saxophonist Houston Person and guitarist Melvin Sparks, Staton is able to win long time fans and newcomers over to her soulful way of thinking quite easily. This is not an album of all ballads, which has been the exception rather than the norm. There are plenty of tearjerkers, like "More Than You Know," the Billie Holiday influenced "Too Late Now," the midnight slow "Travelin' Light," and the R&B-based "Guess Who?" "What Now My Love?" gets a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Now in her mid-sixties, Dakota Staton has never sounded better. Her soulful, hither-come-yon, rich voice and clean inflections sound as graceful and classy as the early days. Backed by a very complementary crew including tenor saxophonist Houston Person and guitarist Melvin Sparks, Staton is able to win long time fans and newcomers over to her soulful way of thinking quite easily. This is not an album of all ballads, which has been the exception rather than the norm. There are plenty of tearjerkers, like "More Than You Know," the Billie Holiday influenced "Too Late Now," the midnight slow "Travelin' Light," and the R&B-based "Guess Who?" "What Now My Love?" gets a mid-tempo treatment with Staton's phrasing reminiscent of Carmen McRae, fortified by Person's happy tenor. Forward moving upbeat numbers "Remember" and "The Way You Look Tonight" find Staton bubbling like a glass of vintage champagne, and the zinger, Willie Nelson's "Night Life" is a down home blues version, Staton animated and nonplussed, with Sparks in a B.B. King mode. Staton remains an expert in her field, and this will be an essential purchase for those devotees who remember "The Late Late Show, " her classic. One nit to pick; this effort only cracks a total of some 40 minutes of music. Wish she would have cut a few more tunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375700829
  • Catalog Number: 757008
  • Sales rank: 274,190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 More Than You Know (5:30)
  2. 2 Remember (2:45)
  3. 3 Too Late Now (5:29)
  4. 4 What Now, My Love? (4:29)
  5. 5 Trav'lin' Light (5:19)
  6. 6 Night Life (4:59)
  7. 7 The Way You Look Tonight (4:04)
  8. 8 Guess Who (5:15)
  9. 9 You'd Better Love Me (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dakota Staton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Aaron Graves Piano
Percy Smith Drums
Nat Reeves Bass
Technical Credits
Houston Person Producer
Gilbert Bécaud Composer
Trummy Young Composer
Joe Fields Executive Producer
Mitch Yuspeh Engineer
Wayne Miller Liner Notes
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