Last Alaska Moon

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Livingston Taylor is now working at lightning speed. It's only been four years since There You Are Again was issued. Before that, it had been more than a decade. Taylor's not exactly worried about working the circuit. Besides being a professor at the Berklee College of Music, he tours on occasion, playing prestigious festivals and folk clubs. He also commands the respect of some of the finest musicians in America if not on the planet, and has no trouble getting them into the studio when he decides to record. Recorded in Franklin, TN, Last Alaska Moon is a case in point. To mention a few of the expert players who grace this album, some of his compatriots here include bassist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Livingston Taylor is now working at lightning speed. It's only been four years since There You Are Again was issued. Before that, it had been more than a decade. Taylor's not exactly worried about working the circuit. Besides being a professor at the Berklee College of Music, he tours on occasion, playing prestigious festivals and folk clubs. He also commands the respect of some of the finest musicians in America if not on the planet, and has no trouble getting them into the studio when he decides to record. Recorded in Franklin, TN, Last Alaska Moon is a case in point. To mention a few of the expert players who grace this album, some of his compatriots here include bassist Leland Sklar; drummer Steve Gadd; guitarists Vince Gill, Chris Rodriguez, and J.T. Corenflos; keyboard ace Shane Keister, and the backing vocals of Andrea Zonn. Produced by Glenn Rosenstein, the set includes ten originals, "Answer My Prayer" with Carole Bayer Sager, and an utterly reinvented version of Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine" in duet with nephew Ben Taylor. The title track reflects his polished folk stylings just as "Everybody Is Just Like Me" walks the jazz side of adult pop and could have been recorded by Michael Franks with its breezy swing and slippery vocal tags. Elsewhere, "Henry" and "I'm in a Pickle" walk the bluegrass side of the fence -- the latter with John G. McLane's steel pan drums accompanying Aubrey Hanie's fiddle and Dan Dugmore's Dobro. Zonn's vocal contributions to these tracks -- she is on the vast majority of them -- cannot be understated; she is equally adept at singing jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, folk...whatever is put in front of her. Zonn adds depth, warmth, and dimension to Taylor's trademark tenor, which still uncannily echoes his older brother James. Taylor's skill at writing classic American standard pop is on display here in "Answer My Prayer," with his voice finding a phrasing that is his own yet evocative of an earlier era in American song. Fans of Taylor will no doubt deeply enjoy this carefully crafted and artistically wrought collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • Label: Chesky Records
  • UPC: 090368035028
  • Catalog Number: 350
  • Sales rank: 132,722

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Livingston Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Vocals
Larry Carlton Electric Guitar
Eric Darken Percussion
Barry Bales Upright Bass
Ron Block Banjo
John Catchings Cello, Soloist
J.T. Corenflos Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Shane Keister Piano, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Dan Dugmore Dobro
Paul Franklin Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Vince Gill Electric Guitar
John Mark Painter Flugelhorn, Horn
Michael Rhodes Bass
Dan Tyminski Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Glenn Worf Bass
Andrea Zonn Background Vocals
Gary Corbett Hammond B3
Leland Sklar Bass
Chris Rodrigez Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ken Lewis Percussion
Drea Rhenee Background Vocals
Kenneth "Scat" Springs Background Vocals
Liz Longley Background Vocals
Aubrey Hanie Fiddle, Mandolin
Chris Rodriguez Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John G. McLane Steel Pan
Technical Credits
Michael Jackson Composer
Livingston Taylor Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Steve Bishir Producer, Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
George Massenburg Mastering
Sheldon Mirowitz String Arrangements, String Conductor
John Mark Painter Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Horn Conductor, String Conductor
Glenn Rosenstein Producer, Engineer
Joe Furla Engineer
Brian Montgomery Engineer
Ken Lewis Engineer
Steven Beers Engineer
Greg Manocherian Executive Producer
John G. McLane Engineer
Julie K. Roper Graphic Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Livingston Taylor's best album yet!

    Livingston Taylor's new album is truly amazing. Taylor works with an all-star cast of musicians, including bassist Leland Sklar; drummer Steve Gadd; guitarists Vince Gill, Chris Rodriguez, and J.T. Corenflos and keyboard ace Shane Keister to create a very fun, eclectic, and pleasing new record. This album really demonstrates Taylor's skill at playing music ranging from jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, folk and more. He even utterly reinvents Michael Jackson's "The Girl is Mine", complete with a duet from Ben Taylor. Last Alaska Moon is one of my favorite Livingston Taylor albums, maybe even his best since 1971's "Liv." If you're a fan of Livingston Taylor, or even if you're not and just enjoy simple, great American folk songs, this album is terrific catch.

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