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.

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:
07/07/2003
Label:
J Records Europe
UPC:
0828765407328
catalogNumber:
654073
Rank:
80612

Tracks

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
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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Dance with My Father 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This ballad is the most heart touching song I have ever heard. It touches those who don't have a father, those that do, those that had a good one, those who had a bad one. Who has heard this song without breaking down and wiping a tear...any one?? I hope Luther makes it out of his coma. I truly pray for him, would you also say a prayer for him tonight along with me or even in your car on the way home. Our Prayers are with you Mr. Vandross. God Bless You. See you soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is one of Luthers best. With the exception of being carried up the stairs, Luther wrote this song for my memories of my Father who passed away 3 years ago. This is a heartfelt song for anyone who is close to their Father. Listening to the words allow you to feel his Love for his Father and Mother. Thanks for this Fantastic in your heart,tearjerking song. PAT MAURICE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this CD today, and I love every stong on it!! Dance With My Father makes me a little sad, but I love it. Luther, you continue to be in my prayers. I wish you a speedy recovery!
Guest More than 1 year ago
there is always special times and memories that may seem small but they really to stick to the mind of a child to adulthood. to me you are one of the blessed persons in the world,if you have truly experienced the love of a caring father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is his greatest one; my father died last year at 86 I was with him. This song makes me remember all the wonderful times we had together. He was my best friend in the whole world I love him so much. Thank you Luther,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breathtaking, this record is my all time favorite of Luther Vandross, Thought provoking lyrics, beautiful arrangements, and silky smooth vocals all equal to a perfect record. This record will make you cry, laugh, smile and when it is over you will be overcome with Joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We needed this album! Perfect timing and a smash it is! We Love You Luther!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a shame that Luther is unable to tour to promote this great new CD. It features wonderful ballads, as well as some interesting collaborations with other artists. Hopefully this is not the last we will hear from this creative singer/songwriter!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is incredible! I love every song on it, and I'm sure that you will also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This song has been an insipiration to all. Especially my two daughters. They have master this song, they have sung this song at two Parties. My oldest daughter has been singing Luther Vandross songs since she was 3 years old. She loves him, and his music. She is 7 years old now and her 3 year old sister is following right behind her. I Just had to let everyone now how they both can sing and love the song Dance with my father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am always a luther fan, and where credit is due it must be given. This album is wonderful, notoriously wonderful. All the tracks are excellent, but I pay credit to Dance with my Father. Its a message to those who have a father, those who do not have as well as for those who intend to be fathers shortly or in the not so distance future. In the meantime I wish my superstar a speedy recovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was driving home listening to the radio. The song "Wild Flower" came on. It was the song my husband chose to dance with our daughter on her wedding day. When we had the wedding video made up, just after the dance between them started, we edited in video of them dancing together when she was three, side step dancing up and down the hall, laughing with joy, then back again to them dancing at her wedding. I was, as always, teary eyed listening to it and remembering that special moment in their lives. The next song to come on was "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross. I had not heard it before. As I listened to the words, I realized they were telling a story and of course I thought of our daughter dancing with her dad and how she would feel in later years when he was gone. I really started sobbing then and cried all the way home. I told my husband about it and he wanted me to get the music immediately, so I'm buying two CD's, one for him and one for our daughter. It is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and I thank Luther for making it and pray for his recovery. For you readers who haven't heard the song yet, especially dads and daughters, don't waste another minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just picked up the new CD and it's great!!! In listening to the lyrics, the lyrics are coming from Mr Vandross's soul and mind. I especially enjoyed the songs, "Buy Me a Rose" and "Dance With My Father." In listening to this CD, I'm reminded how remarkable Mr. Vandross's voice is and prayers go out to him and his family for a healthy recovery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel this CD is Luther's Best. It's 'DIFFERENT....really different. Title song of track is fantastic. Buy Me A Rose, is unforgettable. Do It Again...is really racy, sexy, and suggestive. Right In the Middle... lends itself to losing,your self control,"not all bad'. Toast of the Town with Stevie Wonder...mmmmmmm. Won't tell you anymore except that my favorite has made me re-think, that "I proimised myself I'd Never Love Again..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dance with my father is a wonderful tribute to all fathers, both those still with and those that aren't. The video is touching, the music is so soothing you can listen to it over and over. This disc goes on the top shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HOPE THAT LUTHER RECOVERS FROM HIS COMA. I THINK THE WORLD OF YOU LUTHER. I HAVE ALL YOUR RECORDS. YOUR SONGS NO MATTER WHAT ONE IT IS, IT TOUCHES MY HEART.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so touched by the song-"Dance with my Father". I lost my father year ago, and the words truly capture the feeling of wanting one more dance, one more moment. Thank you for the heartfelt words, they embrace my heart. The rest of the CD is terrific too, but "Dance" is my favorite. I am so awed by the talent of this artist, once you listen to his work you'll be hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This song is absolutely wonderful and would recommend it to everyone. The whole album is very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had the unfortunate stroke not had happened to Mr. Vandross, nobody would be talking about this album almost a year later. Not one of these songs packed the proverbial punch promised in early interviews. While I feel for Luther personally, professionally this album is marginal at best. Adding Busta to the musical equation didn't help either. Why have two versions of the same song on the same album? If the first one needed a remix, perhaps it should've been scrapped to begin with. Then the title track...let me see, Dance with my father..At the end of the day I'm just not feeling it. This is a borrower at best. I wouldn't even risk downloading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is his best CD yet concidering his illness. I love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently purchased this cd for my boyfriend for his birthday. I purchased it espeically for three songs, The closer I get to you, Buy me a rose and Dance with my father which is my friend's favourite. - The words as soooo powerful. To all the good and bod fathers, all the fathers to be this is a good investment to give your child/children. These lyrics will be remembered for a long time to come. Great work once again Luther. You get better with each albulm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am proud to say that I am thoroughly a Luther Vandross fan. I,like the great artist himself, will settle for nothing short of perfection. Each song is a masterpiece! Regardless of your short-term illness, his work has always been classy and tasteful and very well put together. Bravo Luther! Keep up the good work! I love your music. I am getting married October 3rd of this year and I wish you could be there to sing my fiance' and myself onto the road of "love"... I call Luther Vandross the "Midas" of music, because everything he touches turns to gold.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song woke up the sprituial sense in me. and i felt once the song was released luther would be alright. and i also put family back as a part of my living experince.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This melodic song speaks volumes into what Luther felt, saw and musically expressed as a vision. This is his last and most defining work and it's an expressive masterpiece,.. if you love Luther's music your library isn't complete without this profound and powerful message. Which now can be seen as soulful prophecy,..
Guest More than 1 year ago
So many of Luthers songs touch my heart and I listen to them everyday in everything that I do. He is "Truly Amazing". He is very missed my not just me but my whole family. Its hard to go on without his new music to hear... but here are a few on this cd that I loved!