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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
With his sleek look, hip, edgy "now" attitude, and charm and charisma to burn, Michael Lington has helped define the 2000s contemporary urban jazz experience. Fresh off the success of A Song for You, his critically acclaimed 2006 collection of '70s pop covers featuring lush arrangements and a full orchestra, the Copenhagen native -- who became an official citizen of the U.S. on March 21, 2008, 18 years after emigrating from Denmark -- gets back to his sensual funk roots, turning up the Heat big time on his highly anticipated Nu Groove debut. Beyond his trademark mix of cool and explosive instrumentals, the Copenhagen native is crossing over into the mainstream pop/adult...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
With his sleek look, hip, edgy "now" attitude, and charm and charisma to burn, Michael Lington has helped define the 2000s contemporary urban jazz experience. Fresh off the success of A Song for You, his critically acclaimed 2006 collection of '70s pop covers featuring lush arrangements and a full orchestra, the Copenhagen native -- who became an official citizen of the U.S. on March 21, 2008, 18 years after emigrating from Denmark -- gets back to his sensual funk roots, turning up the Heat big time on his highly anticipated Nu Groove debut. Beyond his trademark mix of cool and explosive instrumentals, the Copenhagen native is crossing over into the mainstream pop/adult contemporary realm with two key vocal collaborations: "That's When You Save Me," an original track penned by hot young songwriter Claude Kelly Leona Lewis that the saxman performs with soul legend Aaron Neville, and a rock-edged twist on Gerry Rafferty's classic "Baker Street" with former American Idol finalist and Grammy nominated songwriter Ace Young. Lington co-produced seven of the tracks with legendary session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, and three other cuts are helmed by Keith Olsen, who's vibed with everyone from Pat Benatar and Whitesnake to Fleetwood Mac. Lington wrote the high energy "Shout About Ya" with the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated team of Allan Rich and Jud Friedman, and penned three songs with hitmakers Michael and Danny Sembello: the uptempo and summery think: fun in the sun in South Beach "Ocean Drive," the beautiful ballad "Nostalgia," and the breezy, Brazilian flavored "Chuva," which means "rain" in Portuguese. Interesting aside: Michael Sembello travels to Brazil all the time and is good friends with the grandson of legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The composition of "Chuva" began on the vintage piano where the elder Jobim composed his classic "The Girl from Ipanema." "Chuva" features an authentic Rio touch by popular guitarist Torcuato Mariano, who was born in Buenos Aires but raised in Brazil. Lington also gives exposure to two up and coming female vocalists, U.K. born Keely Hawkes whose voice graces "Shout About Ya" and Nashville based Janey Clewer. Lington echoed the dead-on sentiment about the cool, fresh, and freewheeling approach to his new recording easily one of the best genre albums of 2008 when he said, "I feel like I've let loose like never before, almost as if I was onstage doing a show when I was recording in the studio." It's a definite upswing after his low-key trip down memory lane on A Song for You.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Nu Groove Records
  • UPC: 893422002161
  • Catalog Number: 2016
  • Sales rank: 25,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You and I (3:55)
  2. 2 Chuva (4:04)
  3. 3 Ocean Drive (4:05)
  4. 4 Baker Street - Ace Young (5:00)
  5. 5 Angelina (4:16)
  6. 6 Memphis (4:06)
  7. 7 That's When You Save Me (4:23)
  8. 8 Ladyland (4:45)
  9. 9 Shout About Ya' - Keely Hawkes (3:32)
  10. 10 Nostalgia (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Lington Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Aaron Neville Vocals
Michael Sembello Keyboards
Janey Clewer Vocals
Brian Culbertson Keyboards
Nathan East Bass
Jud J. Friedman Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Torcuato Mariano Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tollak Ollestad Harmonica
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Danny Sembello Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Cameron Stone Cello
Stephen Lu Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer
Matthew Hager Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Teddy Campbell Drums
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Ace Young Vocals
Technical Credits
Kevin Raleigh Executive Producer, Management
Michael Sembello Composer
David Chackler Executive Producer
Jud J. Friedman Composer, Programming, Producer
Pete Ganbarg Executive Producer
Clarence McDonald Composer
Keith Olsen Producer
Greg Phillinganes Programming, Producer
Danny Sembello Composer
Allan Rich Composer
Michael Lington Composer, Producer
Gene Grimaldi Mastering
Woody Woodruff Engineer
Stephen Lu Composer, Programming, Producer
Asburn Bernie Miller Engineer
Matthew Hager Composer, Programming, Producer
Shawn Hall Engineer
Todd Herzog Composer
Tracy Moyer grooming
Claude Kelly Composer
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