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Betcha by Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given songwriter and producer Thom Bell's legendary reputation, it's difficult to believe that this is the first contemporary jazz record to pay tribute to his work. Co-produced by Bob Baldwin, Will Downing, and former Bell sideman Preston Glass, Betcha by Golly Wow is a second chapter for Baldwin and Downing; the first was Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009. As has been typical of his own recordings for the past two decades, Baldwin plays multiple instruments, from drums and bass to keyboards. The three producers have enlisted a star-studded cast to create a seamless, warm, and elegant selection of Bell tunes. "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given songwriter and producer Thom Bell's legendary reputation, it's difficult to believe that this is the first contemporary jazz record to pay tribute to his work. Co-produced by Bob Baldwin, Will Downing, and former Bell sideman Preston Glass, Betcha by Golly Wow is a second chapter for Baldwin and Downing; the first was Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009. As has been typical of his own recordings for the past two decades, Baldwin plays multiple instruments, from drums and bass to keyboards. The three producers have enlisted a star-studded cast to create a seamless, warm, and elegant selection of Bell tunes. "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," features Russ Freeman's guitar holding court on the melody. Ragan Whiteside and Paul Brown -- on flutes and guitars respectively -- funk things up a bit on "The Rubberband Man," with Baldwin's piano slipping the lyric line in between in the stepping groove. Vivian Green's vocals grace a fine reading of "La-La Means I Love You." Gerald Albright, Downing, and Baldwin reprise their cover of "Break Up to Make Up" from 1993. Downing's voice may be a bit lower 20 years later, but it's lost none of its expressiveness. A sweet, uptempo reading of "I'll Be Around" features the soprano saxophone of Marion Meadows, as does the closer "People Make the World Go Round," played as an elegant groover. The latter features some lovely piano work by Baldwin.The only cut that doesn't work here is "Bell & Creed," an overly sentimental tribute to the songwriter and producer Linda Creed, Bell's production partner at Philly International. That small hiccup aside, this is a well-arranged, nicely selected collection of some of Bell's finest tunes, performed by some of contemporary jazz's best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923239727
  • Catalog Number: 2397
  • Sales rank: 72,798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Russ Freeman (5:18)
  2. 2 The Rubberband Man - Paul Brown (5:44)
  3. 3 La-La Means I Love You - Vivian Green (5:08)
  4. 4 Gonna Be Sweeter (5:04)
  5. 5 Break Up to Make Up (5:09)
  6. 6 You're As Right As Rain (4:50)
  7. 7 I'll Be Around - Marion Meadows (4:45)
  8. 8 Bell & Creed (3:04)
  9. 9 Betcha by Golly Wow - Toni Redd (6:42)
  10. 10 People Make the World Go Round - Marion Meadows (6:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Baldwin Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Downing Vocals
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone
Marion Meadows Soprano Saxophone
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
B.J. Nelson Background Vocals
Tony Lewis Drums
Craig Derry Background Vocals
Preston Glass Drums, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Loops
Vivian Green Vocals
Anthony Jackson Bass
Curtis King Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Paul Taylor Soprano Saxophone
Buddy Williams Drums
Dennis Johnson Drums, Drum Loop
Ragan Whiteside Flute, Vocals
Toni Redd Vocals
Russ Freeman Guitar
Paul Brown Guitar
Chembo Corniel Percussion
Bob Francheschini Saxophone
Gemia Burns Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Will Downing Producer
Bob Baldwin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Onaje Allan Gumbs Arranger
Phil Hurtt Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Alan Glass Composer
Preston Glass Composer, Producer, Engineer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Paul Taylor Engineer
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Dennis Johnson Producer, Engineer
Andrew Kelley Art Direction
Blake Harden Engineer
Russ Freeman Engineer
William Hart Composer
Bob Francheschini Engineer
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