Forever, for Always, for Luther, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The late Luther Vandross went down in history as the most important male vocalist on the romantic side of '80s R&B. Perhaps that isn't saying much when one considers that the '80s, generally speaking, weren't as exciting a decade for R&B as the '50s, '60s, or '70s; regardless, Vandross recorded his share of great soul/urban albums, and his death at the age of 54 on July 1, 2005, was a huge loss for R&B. Produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner, Forever, for Always, for Luther, Vol. 2 is a sequel to the Vandross tribute they worked on together in 2004. Many jazz enthusiasts -- including some major proponents of fusion and jazz-funk -- run for cover the minute ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The late Luther Vandross went down in history as the most important male vocalist on the romantic side of '80s R&B. Perhaps that isn't saying much when one considers that the '80s, generally speaking, weren't as exciting a decade for R&B as the '50s, '60s, or '70s; regardless, Vandross recorded his share of great soul/urban albums, and his death at the age of 54 on July 1, 2005, was a huge loss for R&B. Produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner, Forever, for Always, for Luther, Vol. 2 is a sequel to the Vandross tribute they worked on together in 2004. Many jazz enthusiasts -- including some major proponents of fusion and jazz-funk -- run for cover the minute they hear the term smooth jazz, which is understandable given how many truly dreadful albums have come from smooth jazz over the years. But this 50-minute CD, although uneven, has its moments. There are some forgettable tracks, including saxophonist Najee's lackluster performance of "The Night I Fell in Love" and guitarist Norman Brown's unimaginative version of "'Til My Baby Comes Home." But Gerald Albright sounds genuinely inspired on "If This World Were Mine," which has usually been heard as male/female duets first Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in the late '60s, then Vandross and Cheryl Lynn in 1982 but works well as an instrumental for saxman Albright -- and other enjoyable contributions come from singer Patti Austin on "So Amazing" and electric bassist Wayman Tisdale on an infectious arrangement of "The Glow of Love" which a pre-solo career Vandross performed in 1980 with the Chic-influenced group Change. Forever, for Always, for Luther, Vol. 2 won't be remembered as the most consistent release of 2006, but it has its share of worthwhile tracks and has more going for it than most of 2006's smooth jazz discs.
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  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 881284512225
  • Catalog Number: 5122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Give Me the Reason - Kirk Whalum (4:03)
  2. 2 'Til My Baby Comes Home - Everette Harp (5:29)
  3. 3 There's Nothing Better Than Love - Kevin Whalum (5:53)
  4. 4 For You to Love - Jeff Lorber (5:20)
  5. 5 If This World Were Mine - Gerald Albright (5:15)
  6. 6 The Glow of Love - Wayman Tisdale (4:03)
  7. 7 So Amazing - Patti Austin (4:26)
  8. 8 The Night I Fell in Love - Najee (4:39)
  9. 9 I Want to Be a Fool - Jonathan Butler (5:06)
  10. 10 Superstar - Will Downing (5:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti Austin Vocals
Will Downing Vocals
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone
Jonathan Butler Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Najee Soprano Saxophone
Dwight Sills Guitar
Jeff Lorber Piano
Maysa Vocals
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Bridgette Bryant Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Melvin Davis Bass
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Everette Harp Tenor Saxophone
Larry Kimpel Bass
Nick Lane Trombone
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Kirk Whalum Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Carl Wheeler Organ
Wayman Tisdale Piccolo Bass
Phil Hamilton Guitar
Darcy Aldridge Background Vocals
Mike White Drums
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Keyboards
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Will Downing Producer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Luther Vandross Composer
Dave Koz Executive Producer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Skip Anderson Composer
Wayne Garfield Composer
Bud Harner Producer, Executive Producer
Hyman Katz Executive Producer
Nick Lane Horn Arrangements
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Marcus Miller Composer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
David Romani Composer
Greg Ross Art Direction
Nat Adderley Jr. Composer
Frank Cody Executive Producer
Chris Davis Producer
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