Brenda Russell

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All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
Upon the release of this album, Brenda Russell was not given the praise she was due. However, as the years have passed, her music has become priceless. This album only featured two single releases: "So Good, So Right" and "Way Back When." The former is a mellow yet jubilant number paced by an acoustic piano and an appealing arrangement. It landed at number 15 on the Billboard R&B charts. The latter is a bouncy midtempo number fueled by a stringent string arrangement, peaking at 42. Fortunately, radio and the public picked up on this indelible album. Of the eight selections, none falls short of being exemplary. The most notable songs not released as singles are the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Craig Lytle
Upon the release of this album, Brenda Russell was not given the praise she was due. However, as the years have passed, her music has become priceless. This album only featured two single releases: "So Good, So Right" and "Way Back When." The former is a mellow yet jubilant number paced by an acoustic piano and an appealing arrangement. It landed at number 15 on the Billboard R&B charts. The latter is a bouncy midtempo number fueled by a stringent string arrangement, peaking at 42. Fortunately, radio and the public picked up on this indelible album. Of the eight selections, none falls short of being exemplary. The most notable songs not released as singles are the progressively jazzy number "In the Thick of It" and the sentimental ballad "If Only for One Night." Luther Vandross did an outstanding remake of the latter. All the selections are arranged and produced with a universal appeal. The album was later re-released with the hit single "Piano in the Dark" as a bonus track. Brenda Russell's talent as a musician, writer, arranger, and singer is commendable, as are the efforts of producer André Fischer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: A&M Super Budget
  • UPC: 606949063726
  • Catalog Number: 490637
  • Sales rank: 29,141

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brenda Russell Primary Artist, Piano, Background Vocals
David McKelvy Harmonica
Michele Aller Background Vocals
Hector Andrade Timbales
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Kathy Collier Background Vocals
Assa Drori Concert Master
André Fischer Drums
Venette Gloud Background Vocals
Susaye Greene Brown Trumpet, Background Vocals
Gary Herbig Flute, Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Elaine Hill Background Vocals
Steve Madaio Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Judd Miller Trumpet
Doug Richardson Tenor Saxophone
Tom Saviano Soprano Saxophone
George Sopuch Electric Guitar
Ron Stockert Keyboards
Fred Tackett Electric Guitar
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Ian Underwood Synthesizer
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
David Wolfert Electric Guitar
Ed Brown Bass
Doublerock Baptist Junior Choir Choir, Chorus
Larry Williams Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Gary "U.S." Bonds Composer
André Fischer Producer
Norman Seeff Cover Photo
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