Dance with My Father

Dance with My Father

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by Luther Vandross
     
 

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The release of Luther Vandross's 15th album, Dance with My Father, is a bittersweet affair, arriving after the R&B superstar was hospitalized following a stroke in early April 2003. Before he fell ill, Vandross reportedly described the disc as his best, and while that's arguable when it's compared with early classics such as the exuberant See more details below

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The release of Luther Vandross's 15th album, Dance with My Father, is a bittersweet affair, arriving after the R&B superstar was hospitalized following a stroke in early April 2003. Before he fell ill, Vandross reportedly described the disc as his best, and while that's arguable when it's compared with early classics such as the exuberant Never Too Much, Dance with My Father is certainly his hippest in recent years; and what's more, Vandross co-wrote most songs and served as executive producer. Breaking with the bubblegum-ballad format of his self-titled 2001 comeback, the disc finds the sophisticated crooner collecting cool points by enlisting rappers Busta Rhymes on the smooth jazz–tinged cover of Bill Withers's "Lovely Day," Foxy Brown on the bass-heavy, mid-tempo groove "If It Ain't One Thing," and Queen Latifah on the naughty, up-tempo "Hit It Again." Throughout the disc, Vandross downplays his impressive range and sings in his lower register, but fans of his effortless trills shouldn't fret. His honey-coated tenor soars in all the right places on the sultry remake of the Roberta FlackDonny Hathaway duet "The Closer I Get to You," featuring Beyoncé Knowles, and on the poignant title track -- a tribute to his father, who died when the singer was seven years old. Dance with My Father is a testament to Vandross's staying power, both on disc and off.

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Editorial Reviews

Vibe
When he sticks to his signature brand of Quiet Storm soul, Luther is flawless. Laura Checkoway
Blender - David Hiltbrand
A lustrous collection -- when Luthe ris left to his own devices.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0828765188524
catalogNumber:
51885

Tracks

  1. If I Didn't Know Better  - Luther Vandross
  2. Think About You  - Luther Vandross
  3. If It Ain't One Thing
  4. Buy Me a Rose  - Luther Vandross
  5. The Closer I Get to You  -  Beyoncé
  6. Lovely Day  - Busta Rhymes
  7. Dance With My Father  - Luther Vandross
  8. She Saw You  - Luther Vandross
  9. Apologize  - Luther Vandross
  10. Hit It Again  - Queen Latifah
  11. Right in the Middle  - Luther Vandross
  12. Once Were Lovers  - Luther Vandross
  13. Lovely Day, Pt. 2  - Busta Rhymes
  14. They Said You Needed Me  - Luther Vandross

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Vandross   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Guitar,Keyboards
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Big Bub   Background Vocals
Foxy Brown   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Sanford Allen   Concert Master
Skip Anderson   Keyboards,Vibes,Soloist
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Busta Rhymes   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
James "D-Train" Williams   Background Vocals
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Ivan Hampden   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Brion James   Guitar
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Queen Latifah   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Byron Miller   Bass
Marcus Miller   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Jay Williams   Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Soloist
Jerome Ramos   Bass
Phil Hamilton   Guitar
Nat Adderley   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Rick Watford   Guitar
April Owens   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Rick McDonald   Background Vocals
Joyce James   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
RL   Background Vocals
Michael J   Background Vocals
Candace Thomas   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Víctor Vega   Guitar
Chris James   Piano
Ricky Watford "Bishop"   Guitar

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Luther Vandross   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Brown   String Contractor
Skip Anderson   Arranger,Programming
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Jeff Bova   Sound Design
Ivan Hampden   Arranger,drum programming
Richard Marx   drum programming
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Herb Powers   Mastering
Rex Rideout   Arranger,drum programming
Reed Vertelney   Arranger,Programming,drum programming
Stan Wallace   Engineer
Nat Adderley   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Alli   Art Direction
Jim Ervin   Choreographer
Paul J. Falcone   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Recording
Max Szadek   Personal Assistant
Shep Crawford   Producer,Instrumentation
"You Can Ask" Giz   Engineer
Brown & His Tunetoppers   String Contractor
James Porte   Arranger,drum programming
Chris LeBeau   Artwork
James Ervin   Choreographer
Gabriel Varde   Engineer

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