Before Me

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
At a time when most of her contemporaries are satisfied reliving their glory years to appreciative audiences in casinos and theaters, Gladys Knight continues her refusal to be pigeonholed as a soul singer. With 2000's At Last, she returned to the mainstream R&B circuit with a session of adult contemporary R&B that was equally accessible and refreshing, and with 2005's One Voice she collaborated with the Saints Unified Voices for a fiery gospel and praise record. So this time around, Knight recruited legendary producer Phil Ramone and an impressive lineup of jazz musicians to record an album of jazz ballads and standards that influenced her during the formative ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
At a time when most of her contemporaries are satisfied reliving their glory years to appreciative audiences in casinos and theaters, Gladys Knight continues her refusal to be pigeonholed as a soul singer. With 2000's At Last, she returned to the mainstream R&B circuit with a session of adult contemporary R&B that was equally accessible and refreshing, and with 2005's One Voice she collaborated with the Saints Unified Voices for a fiery gospel and praise record. So this time around, Knight recruited legendary producer Phil Ramone and an impressive lineup of jazz musicians to record an album of jazz ballads and standards that influenced her during the formative years of her singing career. At first, the prospect of Knight's soulful, gritty vocal styles taking on some of jazz's greatest moments may be a questionable proposal for jazz purists, but all hesitation can be safely swept aside during the album's opening moments, a fantastic rendition of the Ellington classic "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me." Gone are the grit and raspy nature of Knight's voice, and in their place is a smooth, sultry set of vocal cords safely in control of the delivery of the material. Every single song here is already a bona fide hit, and Knight does them all justice in a way few soul singers could. Wonderfully relaxing, classy, and pleasantly void of vocal histrionics, Before Me is another important chapter and highlight in a career that is chock-full of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498509616
  • Catalog Number: 000622502
  • Sales rank: 73,398

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gladys Knight Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Roy Hargrove Flugelhorn, Soloist
David Mann Flute, Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample Piano
Russell Malone Guitar
Steve Wilson Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Rickey Woodard Tenor Saxophone
Sid Page Violin
Elena Barere Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Chris Botti Trumpet, Soloist
Denyse Buffum Viola
Lee Callet Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ronald Clark Violin
Jeff Clayton Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone
John Clayton Bass, Conductor
Larry Corbett Celli
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joel Derouin Violin
Yvette Devereaux Violin
Keith Fiddmont Tenor Saxophone
David Finck Bass
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Crystal Garner Viola
Carrie Holzman-Little Viola
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Roland Kato Viola
Peter Kent Violin
Ann Leathers Violin
Richard Locker Celli
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Eugene J. Moye Celli
Jan Mullen Violin
Ira Nepus Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Porcaro Percussion, Cymbals, Vibes
Jim Pugh Tenor Trombone
Mark Orrin Shuman Celli
Richard Sortomme Violin
Maurice Spears Trombone
Evan Wilson Viola
Krista Bennion Feeney Violin
Sarah Adams Viola
Christoph Luty Bass
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Charles Pillow Alto Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Voymant Trombone
Rudy Stein Celli
Lawrence Glazener Bass
Vince Lionti Viola
Tamir Hendelman Piano, fender rhodes
Mark McLean Drums
George Flynn Bass Trombone
Billy Childs Trio Piano, Conductor
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
James Ford Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Charles Owens II Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Michelle Richards Violin
Dan Tobin Smith Celli
Catherine Ro Violin
Gail Kruvand Moye Bass
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
John Clayton Arranger, String Arrangements
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Clyde Otis Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Bob Russell Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Ron Weisner Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Steve Genewick Engineer, Digital Editing
Chris Walden Orchestration
Ted Koehler Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Billy Childs Trio Arranger, String Arrangements
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Bryan Pugh Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Gladys Knight CD-Before Me

    Loved Gladys Knight's voice as part of Gladys Knight & The Pips, and love her voice even more now. Before Me is a very, very good CD, which showcases Ms. Knight's wonderful musical range and talent. It's well worth adding to your music collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    l think gladys knight is one the most brilliant singers ever..

    The greatest singer ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    at last

    this cd is 1# i love it.

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