Extension of a Man

Extension of a Man

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by Donny Hathaway
     
 

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Ranging from inner-city soul to orchestral grandeur to a bluesy ballad to easy-listening pleasantries, Extension of a Man was Donny Hathaway's most ambitious LP, the justly titled capstone to his phenomenal career. Coming, however, from one of soul music's most widely talented figures, this wasn't exactly a surprise; both of his previous studio full-lengths, See more details below

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Ranging from inner-city soul to orchestral grandeur to a bluesy ballad to easy-listening pleasantries, Extension of a Man was Donny Hathaway's most ambitious LP, the justly titled capstone to his phenomenal career. Coming, however, from one of soul music's most widely talented figures, this wasn't exactly a surprise; both of his previous studio full-lengths, Everything Is Everything and Donny Hathaway, treated soul as merely a starting point to express his multitude of ideas concerning music and arrangement, song and performance. On Extension of a Man, the ambition began and peaked with the opener, a six-minute orchestral piece titled "I Love the Lord; He Heard My Cry, Pts. 1-2." Arranged and orchestrated for 45 musicians by Hathaway himself, it applied the buoyant optimism of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue to a religious context, and segued smoothly into the transcendent "Someday We'll All Be Free," one of Hathaway's most beloved songs. The next two pieces, "Flying Easy" and "Valdez in the Country," were also Hathaway originals, first recorded during the late '60s as part of Chess studio groups; the first is a piece of pop-soul fluff lifted up by his superb reading, the second a smooth jazz-fusion jam with Hathaway illustrating on electric piano his excellent improv capabilities. "Love, Love, Love" and "Come Little Children" were the charting singles, the former a sublime love song heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Unfortunately, these disparate pieces, brilliant as they are, don't coalesce into a single work as well as on his masterpiece Everything Is Everything, but Hathaway never stops impressing with his conceptions of arrangement and performance. Crippled by depression, he would never release another solo album during the last five years of his life, though among the projects he'd hoped to record was the four-part concerto Life, to be performed by the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra with him in the conductor's chair, and the score of an epic biblical film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1993
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227152024
catalogNumber:
71520
Rank:
59531

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donny Hathaway   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano,Vocals
Myrna Summers   Tambourine,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Phil Bodner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Seldon Powell   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
John Littlejohn   Guitar,Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Jimmy Abato   Clarinet
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Sanford Allen   Violin
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Julien Barber   Violin
Garnett Brown   Trombone
James Buffington   Trombone
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Cissy Houston   Background Vocals
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Noel DaCosta   Violin
Cornell Dupree   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmy Douglass   Background Vocals,Talking
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Dominick Gravine   Trombone
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Theodore Israel   Violin
Keith Loving   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Lucas   Drums
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Banjo,Guitar
Charles McCracken   Violin
Tony Miranda   Trombone
Kermit Moore   Cello
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Romeo Penque   Reeds
George Ricci   Cello
Russ Savakus   Bass
Sylvia Shemwell   Background Vocals
Billy Slapin   Reeds
Myrna Smith   Background Vocals
David Spinozza   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Richard Wells   Background Vocals,Talking
Fred White   Drums
Mario Medious   Background Vocals,Talking
Joe Bishop   Guitar
W. Smith   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Nikki Giovanni   Liner Notes
Ken Perry   Remastering
Malcolm Addey   Engineer
Murray Allen   Engineer
Arif Ardin   Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer
Gene Paul   Engineer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Tony Studd   Contributor
Jerry Wexler   Producer
A. Scott Galloway   Producer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
M. Hencew   Contributor
A. Clarke   Contributor
R. Davis   Contributor
J. Levy   Contributor
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer

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