Back from the 80s [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Because this vibrant, super funky Parisian born and based guitarist (real name, Emmanuel Abiteboul) was born in 1970, it's likely he didn't hear some of the classic songs he's covering here -- and drawing inspiration from for the exciting originals -- until the next decade. But from the big horn opening, the disco-fied thump and old-school atmospheres of the first single and leadoff track, a cover of the Crusaders' "Street Life," it's clear that he's all about a '70s retro-soul groove. To that effect, he brings in the master of that vibe, Jeff Lorber, to add his sparkling Rhodes to the track that begins the disc's overall time travel seduction. When he's not giving ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Because this vibrant, super funky Parisian born and based guitarist (real name, Emmanuel Abiteboul) was born in 1970, it's likely he didn't hear some of the classic songs he's covering here -- and drawing inspiration from for the exciting originals -- until the next decade. But from the big horn opening, the disco-fied thump and old-school atmospheres of the first single and leadoff track, a cover of the Crusaders' "Street Life," it's clear that he's all about a '70s retro-soul groove. To that effect, he brings in the master of that vibe, Jeff Lorber, to add his sparkling Rhodes to the track that begins the disc's overall time travel seduction. When he's not giving direct shout-outs to his pop and jazz inspirations via cool and lively covers of classics by Lionel Richie (OK, "Love Will Find a Way" is from 1983), George Benson ("Turn Your Love Around"), and Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway ("Where Is the Love?," which begins in a Stevie Wonder funk mode before easing into a crisp, midtempo vibe), U-Nam is creating joyful and breezy originals that pay homage to his guitar heroes Benson and Wes Montgomery. "Breezin' M.A," which borrows its title from Benson's breakthrough mid-'70s, instrumental hit, is a pure instrumental disco delight, its dance-pop mindset enhanced by U-Nam's effortless, speedy improvisations. Memorable original tracks like "Keep the Faith," "Slowdown," and the lushly orchestrated "Mister GB" are also guitar-driven, but remind listeners of the old days with clicking rhythm guitars and the Rhodes and B-3 magic of the guitarist's writing partner Franck Sitbon. In addition to ensembling with some of his fellow countrymen and a unit called the Paris Horns, U-Nam also works with some of L.A.'s top session guys, including percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and drummer Michael White. Soul singer Maysa Leak's wordless vocalizing and Andy Narell's always welcome steel pan touches add some exotica to another winning, heavily brassy track, "From Overseas." Smooth jazz fans who can't wait for the next Chris Standring or Norman Brown discs would be the first folks who would love this original guitarist with an even more unique name. [The 2007 Soulvibe edition included an additional CD of bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: SOULVIBE
  • EAN: 5013993879015
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Street Life (5:43)
  2. 2 Breezin' M.A (3:47)
  3. 3 Keep the Faith (5:24)
  4. 4 Slowdown (5:25)
  5. 5 Turn Your Love Around (4:35)
  6. 6 Mister GB (4:58)
  7. 7 Just a Kiss & Goodbye (6:26)
  8. 8 From Overseas (4:27)
  9. 9 I Can't Help It (4:10)
  10. 10 Just Like Real Lovers Do (5:59)
  11. 11 Love Will Find the Way (5:33)
  12. 12 Where Is the Love? (4:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love's Taken Over (5:47)
  2. 2 Right Here, Right Now (4:58)
  3. 3 Take Da Time (4:57)
  4. 4 My Inspiration - NYR (6:30)
  5. 5 'Cos I Do (6:04)
  6. 6 Blue Mood - Leedia (4:53)
  7. 7 Love's Taken Over (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U-Nam Primary Artist
Andy Narell Steel Drums
Jeff Lorber fender rhodes
Maysa Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Meek Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Melvin Davis Bass
Avon Marshall Vocals, Background Vocals
Franck Sitbon Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Rahsaan Patterson Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bobby Rangell Flute, Saxophone
Raymond Gimenes Conductor
Denis Benarrosch Percussion, Conga, Claves
Bernard Camoin Trombone
Thierry Farrugia Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Franck Ridacker Drums, Tambourine, Shaker
Marie Aude Guyon Alto
Hélène Lenglart Violin
Technical Credits
Lionel Richie Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Jeff Lorber Engineer
Bill Champlin Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Will Jennings Composer
Steve Lukather Composer
Avon Marshall Composer
Greg Phillinganes Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Franck Sitbon Composer, Horn Arrangements
Stevie Wonder Composer
Rahsaan Patterson Arranger, Composer, Vocal Producer
Raymond Gimenes String Arrangements
Susaye Greene Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
William Slater Composer
Glen Bolton Composer
G. Preston Boebel Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
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