Congo Square

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Inspired by discovering that some of her family roots are in New Orleans, a city with which she has long felt a deep spiritual connection, Teena Marie frames Congo Square around the Crescent City. It's her third solid album of the decade, but somewhat ironically, it's not on the New Orleans-based Cash Money, the home of 2004's La Do?a and 2006's Sapphire, but Memphis' Stax. Like her two prior albums, Congo Square is a long, sprawling set of songs with plenty of room left for guests who share, never steal, the spotlight. Its center, naturally, is the title song, where Marie pays tribute to several generations of music legends (from Louis Armstrong to Erykah Badu), as well ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Inspired by discovering that some of her family roots are in New Orleans, a city with which she has long felt a deep spiritual connection, Teena Marie frames Congo Square around the Crescent City. It's her third solid album of the decade, but somewhat ironically, it's not on the New Orleans-based Cash Money, the home of 2004's La Doña and 2006's Sapphire, but Memphis' Stax. Like her two prior albums, Congo Square is a long, sprawling set of songs with plenty of room left for guests who share, never steal, the spotlight. Its center, naturally, is the title song, where Marie pays tribute to several generations of music legends (from Louis Armstrong to Erykah Badu), as well as the slaves who gathered to dance and play music at Congo Square. If anything, the whole set projects a sense of comfort, whether romantic or spiritual, maintaining a mellow sound that stimulates far more often than it does not. Singers half Marie's age could make a killing off some of the hooks, especially the ones deployed throughout the first four songs and "Milk 'n Honey," another showcase for her daughter Rose. What is most remarkable about Congo Square is how Marie continues to fly around in her private orbit, indulging her ambitious whims, while sounding every bit contemporary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Stax
  • UPC: 888072313200
  • Catalog Number: 31320
  • Sales rank: 57,714

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Pressure (5:32)
  2. 2 Can't Last a Day (5:05)
  3. 3 Baby I Love You (4:57)
  4. 4 Ear Candy 101 (4:48)
  5. 5 Lover's Lane (5:07)
  6. 6 Marry Me (5:31)
  7. 7 You Baby (4:15)
  8. 8 Milk N' Honey (5:26)
  9. 9 What U Got 4 Me (4:42)
  10. 10 Rovleta's Jass (0:31)
  11. 11 Congo Square (4:56)
  12. 12 Harlem Blues (5:17)
  13. 13 Black Cool (1:59)
  14. 14 Ms. Coretta (5:19)
  15. 15 Soldier (4:26)
  16. 16 The Rose N' Thorn (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teena Marie Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Brian Bromberg Upright Bass
Terri Lyne Carrington Drums
George Duke Piano, Keyboards
Paul Russo Saxophone
Bryan Loren fender rhodes
James Allen Keyboards
Robert Brosseau Violin
Assa Drori Violin
Brent Fischer Percussion
Ray Fuller Guitar
Maurice Grants Cello, Celli
Tyrone Griffen Trumpet
Doug Grigsby Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Dan Higgins Clarinet
Miguel Martinez Cello, Celli
Dennis Molchan Violin
Jorge Moraga Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Double Bass
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Kazi Pitelka Viola
Paul Riser Conductor
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Cecilia Tsan Cello, Celli
Margaret Wooten Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Faith Evans Vocals
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Cameron Stone Cello, Soloist
Drew Dembowski Double Bass
Steve Baxter Trombone
Johana Krejci Violin
Rose Lebeau Vocals
Lynn Grants Viola
Rovleta Fraser Vocals
Noriko Olling keyboard bass
Lewis Taylor Saxophone
Chad Wright Drums
Becky Bunnell Violin
Tracy Hazzard Vocals
Sally Berman Violin
Karolina Naziemiec Viola
Tyrone Griffin Trumpet
Johnny Bokowski Piano, Keyboards
Eddie Menefield Saxophone
Ben Del Giorgio Keyboards
Rose Lebeau Vocals
Noriko Olling keyboard bass
Monet Owens Vocals
Makeda Vocals
D.D O'Neal Vocals
Technical Credits
Teena Marie Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Terri Lyne Carrington Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
James Allen Composer, drum programming, Audio Production
Brian Gardner Remastering
Doug Grigsby Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Paul Riser Arranger, Orchestration
Erik Zobler Engineer
Abbey Anna Photo Coordination
Rose Lebeau Composer
Chad Wright drum programming
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Nairobi Williams Composer
Ben Del Giorgio drum programming, Audio Production
Rose Lebeau Composer
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