Feeling Good

Feeling Good

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by Randy Crawford, Joe Sample
     
 

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After a quarter of a century in the Warner Bros. camp and five years on the recording sidelines, Randy Crawford drew a circle back to the beginning, reuniting with keyboardist Joe Sample. In turn, the old Crusader put together a genuinely distinguished rhythm section, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Steve Gadd, and called upon

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After a quarter of a century in the Warner Bros. camp and five years on the recording sidelines, Randy Crawford drew a circle back to the beginning, reuniting with keyboardist Joe Sample. In turn, the old Crusader put together a genuinely distinguished rhythm section, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Steve Gadd, and called upon Tommy LiPuma to produce the disc. That combination ought to guarantee a certain floor of competence from the get-go -- and it's great to report that this disc always rises above it, sometimes considerably above it. By this time, both Crawford and Sample were established veterans -- and the music they make here seems to come so easily from within, with only minimal backing and nothing getting in their way. Gadd puts out a propulsive beat on brushes that pushes the title track along just fine -- and his work on "See Line Woman" and "Last Night at Danceland" generates something resembling the irresistible Crusaders groove, giving Sample something to trip lightly and soulfully through. Every track seems to change style with a smooth movement of the clutch -- the slinky R&B funk of "Lovetown," the gentle Latin beat of "Rio de Janeiro Blue," the pure mainstream piano trio jazz of "But Beautiful," the heavy blues atmosphere of "Tell Me More and More and Then Some," a trip back to the 1960s' Top 40 with "Everybody's Talking" (dig Randy's fervent high note that Harry Nilsson once hit in falsetto). A very gratifying release -- considering how tempting it would have been to crank this out on autopilot.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Pra Records
UPC:
0782356020726
catalogNumber:
60207
Rank:
36338

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Crawford   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joe Sample   Primary Artist,Piano
Steve Gadd   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass,Double Bass
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Luis Quintero   Percussion

Technical Credits

Fred Neil   Composer
Randy Crawford   Liner Notes
Rob Mounsey   Programming,Engineer
Joe Sample   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Norman Mapp   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Richard Torrance   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
John Haeny   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Newley   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Curtis Lewis   Composer
George Bass   Composer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
John Edmondson   Composer

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Feeling Good 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
colo48 More than 1 year ago
I love Joe Sample. I love Randy Crawford. ONE OF THE WORST RENDITIONS OF "FEELING GOOD" ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago