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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
For close to two decades, the vibrant South African singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler has become so well known for his impassioned vocals that it's easy to take his formidable guitar talents for granted. Most of his recordings include a few light acoustic guitar instrumentals amid a gathering of more memorable vocals, but on the Jonathan collection -- his debut for Rendezvous, an indie label co-owned by saxman Dave Koz -- Butler reverses the trend, to pleasing effect. It's hardly surprising that, despite the likeable instrumentals, smooth jazz radio gravitated first to his robust cover of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," one of two songs featuring lead vocals. But fans ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
For close to two decades, the vibrant South African singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler has become so well known for his impassioned vocals that it's easy to take his formidable guitar talents for granted. Most of his recordings include a few light acoustic guitar instrumentals amid a gathering of more memorable vocals, but on the Jonathan collection -- his debut for Rendezvous, an indie label co-owned by saxman Dave Koz -- Butler reverses the trend, to pleasing effect. It's hardly surprising that, despite the likeable instrumentals, smooth jazz radio gravitated first to his robust cover of James Taylor's "Fire and Rain," one of two songs featuring lead vocals. But fans eager to see his melodic, romantic acoustic guitar side will be pleased with the memorable pieces that dominate the set -- which compare favorably to the kind of smooth jazz tunes popularized by guitarist Peter White. Most of these are of a festive nature, from the coolly exotic opener, "Rio," to the joyful, bouncy ode to his homeland, which rings very authentic to his optimistic indigenous spirit. "Spirit of Our Nation," featuring daughter Jodie Butler on backing vocals, perhaps most beautifully blends Butler's spiritual and smooth sides. This disc won't make fans forget that he's a great vocalist, first and foremost, but it's good to see him try some new things that listeners can have fun with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Rendezvous
  • UPC: 881284510825
  • Catalog Number: 5108
  • Sales rank: 134,024

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rio (3:52)
  2. 2 Mandela Bay (4:08)
  3. 3 10 Degrees South (4:03)
  4. 4 Randy's Song (3:31)
  5. 5 Fire and Rain (3:47)
  6. 6 Precious Things (3:54)
  7. 7 Sweet Island Love (4:23)
  8. 8 Baby Love (3:56)
  9. 9 For a Friend (3:38)
  10. 10 Spirit of Our Nation (5:03)
  11. 11 Move Me (4:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jonathan Butler Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Dave Koz Saxophone
Rick Braun Trumpet
Eric Valentine Drums
Gregory Wachter Keyboards
Jonny Lang Electric Guitar
Jody Butler Background Vocals
Kurt Lykes Background Vocals
Antonio Sol Background Vocals
Technical Credits
James Taylor Composer
Jonathan Butler Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production, Instrumentation
David Diggs String Arrangements
David Batteau Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Greg Ross Art Direction
Antonio Sol Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Choice!

    This is a CD everyone should have as part of their collection. Its easy listening, you can dance to it, sing along, or just relax and unwind to the sound of Jonathan playing his guitar. He has proven himself again as a talented unselfish musician. The spirit of the CD is wonderfully exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good choice

    Jonathan took His time and did this right! You'll enjoy the many wonderful instrumentals, as well as Jonathans' version of "Fire and Rain" a James Taylor classic. As a "bonus", you can't help but appreciate "Spirit of our Nation" featuring a beautiful solo by one of Jonathans' daughters.

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