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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Robert Glasper Experiment significantly altered the way in which R&B fans heard jazz and vice versa with 2012's Black Radio. In 2013, Louie Vega and Elements of Life's Eclipse may be the record that enlightens views about dance music's ability to bridge (not water down) many musical genres with its sophisticated meld of live music and DJ culture's aesthetics. Vega's EOL is the first signing of a new artist by the legendary Fania Records in decades. While Latin rhythms and Nuyorican soul sounds are among those heard here, they are only elements in EOL's attack, which includes African and Brazilian rhythms, jazz, soul, R&B, gospel, and pop. Eclipse is exceptionally...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Robert Glasper Experiment significantly altered the way in which R&B fans heard jazz and vice versa with 2012's Black Radio. In 2013, Louie Vega and Elements of Life's Eclipse may be the record that enlightens views about dance music's ability to bridge (not water down) many musical genres with its sophisticated meld of live music and DJ culture's aesthetics. Vega's EOL is the first signing of a new artist by the legendary Fania Records in decades. While Latin rhythms and Nuyorican soul sounds are among those heard here, they are only elements in EOL's attack, which includes African and Brazilian rhythms, jazz, soul, R&B, gospel, and pop. Eclipse is exceptionally consistent over 17 tracks and 78 minutes. It's there in poet Ursula Rucker's reading of her "Balance in All Things" and the Afro-Cuban grooves in the killer "Canto Para Ochosi," where an Afro-Cuban chant sung by Nina Rodríguez is backed by a cooking percussion, brass, and string orchestra, which spirals it out into progressive big-band soul. Soulful house vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter Josh Milan is important in these proceedings; he and Vega co-wrote about half the album together, and his vocals grace numerous tracks including the the bluesy Latin soul-rocker "Children of the World," with smoking guitar by Sherrod Barnes. Anané (globally renowned DJ, singer -- and Vega's spouse) and vocalist Lisa Fischer lead the stellar "Most Beautiful," where jazz, soul, merengue, and funky house grooves mingle. Raul Midón's George Benson-esque guitar playing and scatting push the track from the dancefloor into the heart. "I'm a Woman, I'm a Queen" offers a gospel intro that shifts into high disco gear with Cindy Mizelle and Fischer singing. They also deliver the soulful house burner "I Believe in Miracles" with an urban gospel backing chorus. There are a number of excellent covers on the set, too. These include a globalized reading of Webster Lewis and Barbara Ingram's "Barbara Ann," sung by Fischer and Mizelle. It seamlessly weds salsa, disco, jazz, and funk. Fela Kuti's "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake" features vocals by Sheyi Olagunju. Anané offers a moving reading of Cape Verdean legend Armando Zeferino Soares' iconic "Sodade." Milan leads a spirited reading of the Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes samba standard "Berimbau," as well as a salsa-meets-jazz-funk version of Larry Mizell's "Harlem River Drive" (with beautiful flute work by Monday Michiru). The closer finds Anané taking the lead on Roy Ayers' "You Came into My Life." Simply put, there isn't another album like Eclipse. On it, Vega and EOL reach far beyond their earlier efforts in combining excellent songcraft and interpretive skills, with stellar musicianship, canny production, and a philosophical attitude that affirms dignity and humanity as logical extensions of music. [Eclipse also contains a bonus disc that features a 33-minute Vega mix of legendary Fania jams and originals, bonus cuts, and alternate mixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Label: Fania
  • UPC: 846395080216
  • Catalog Number: 5080212
  • Sales rank: 37,930

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elements of Life Primary Artist
"Little" Louie Vega Indexed Contributor
William Galison Bass Harmonica
Frank Fontaine Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Lisa Fischer Vocals, Background Vocals, scat, Vocal Ad-Libs
Ozzie Melendez Trombone, Soloist
Monday Michiru Flute
Josh Milan Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, scat, Wurlitzer, Soloist, Keyboard Harmonica
Cindy Mizelle Vocals, Background Vocals
Raul Midón Guitar, scat, Soloist
Don Harris Trumpet
Ursula Rucker Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Jose Mangual Jr. cowbell
Luisito Quintero Percussion, Electric Bass, Conga, Drums, Timbales, Snare Drums, Shekere, Hi Hat, African Percussion, Brushes, Toms
Nina Rodríguez Vocals, Background Vocals
Sherrod Barnes Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm
Gene Perez Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Francisco Martins Background Vocals
Ricardo Ramos Electric Guitar, Soloist
John Scarpulla Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Selan Lerner Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Ivan Renta Soprano Saxophone, Soloist, Horn Section
Selan Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Soloist, Hammond B3
Mike Ciro Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Nico Vega Background Vocals
Luis F. Vega Tenor Saxophone
Junito Davila Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Soloist
Oveous Maximus Background Vocals, Spoken Word
Jerard Snell Drums
Ali Bello Violin, Viola
Dominic James Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Soloist
Sahr Ngaujah Vocals
Sheyi Olagunju Spoken Word
Axel Tosca Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Keyboards, Vibes, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Soloist, Synthesizer Strings
Maria Martins Background Vocals
Gene Peerz Electric Bass
Encelm Kebza-Desage Background Vocals
Sherrard Barnes Rhythm Guitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Composer
Rubén Blades Composer
Roy Ayers Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Lisa Fischer Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Effect
Baden Powell Composer
Ozzie Melendez Horn Arrangements
Josh Milan Composer, Vocal Arrangements, Remixing
Cindy Mizelle Vocal Arrangements
Stevie Wonder Composer
Don Harris Horn Arrangements
Ursula Rucker Composer
Amandio Cabral Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Phil Pagano Engineer
Luisito Quintero Drum Fills
Nina Rodríguez Composer
"Little" Louie Vega Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements
Miguel Amadeo Composer
Argerie Ayers Composer
John Scarpulla Horn Arrangements
Yas Inoue Engineer
Selan Lerner Composer
Luis Morais Composer
William Allen Composer
Luis F. Vega Composer
Enildo Padron Composer
L. Mizell Composer
W. Lewis Composer
B. Ingram Composer
Jose Luis Feliciano Composer
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Composer
Efraín Dávila Composer
Matt Maynes Layout
Johns Carpulla Horn Arrangements
Erni Valez Cover Art
Armando Zeferino Soares Composer
Ovil R. Salcedo Composer
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