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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. ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 725543255617
  • Catalog Number: 7029

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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Missing a Genius and music Legend-----Donny Hathaway!!!!!

    I encourage the young and old to listen to this Masterpiece. It is a work of overwhelming proportions and emotions. You will rejoice,marvel,cry and ponder deeply. After listening you then will know and remember why their is only ONE Donny Hathaway!!!!!!!!!!!

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