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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Meowbaby takes its retro-cool title from a line uttered by Telly Savalas in an episode of the '70s television series Kojak. It's saxophonist Danny Lerman's way of giving a playful salute on a contemporary jazz recording that is fun, funky, and full of top-flight musicians. Lerman aggressively pursues his rhythms and grooves with the kind of musicality that has been championed by the like of Dave Koz,Jimmy Sommers. and Eric Marienthal. Lerman co-wrote a dozen songs for this second album, recorded two covers including Sade's mega hit "No Ordinary Love" and the John Lennon peace anthem "Imagine," which is soulfully sung by Howard Hewett. A reissued version of "You Take My ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Meowbaby takes its retro-cool title from a line uttered by Telly Savalas in an episode of the '70s television series Kojak. It's saxophonist Danny Lerman's way of giving a playful salute on a contemporary jazz recording that is fun, funky, and full of top-flight musicians. Lerman aggressively pursues his rhythms and grooves with the kind of musicality that has been championed by the like of Dave Koz,Jimmy Sommers. and Eric Marienthal. Lerman co-wrote a dozen songs for this second album, recorded two covers including Sade's mega hit "No Ordinary Love" and the John Lennon peace anthem "Imagine," which is soulfully sung by Howard Hewett. A reissued version of "You Take My Breath Away" from his Top 20 debut disc, Danny's Island also makes the cut. Drummer Tal Bergman, who worked on Lerman's first CD, not only provides exciting and exotic beats for Meowbaby, but he produced ten tracks. A few cuts were produced by seminal urban jazz artist Norman Connors. Lerman's amazing hit machine is fully loaded with such great musicians as Hubert Laws, Randy Brecker, Lynn Fiddmont,Paul Jackson, Jr., Bobby Lyle, and Munyungo Jackson. From the start the title cut, Meowbaby exudes some serious heat that lends even more credence to "Summer in a Hummer,"a laid-back, breezy, just chillin' kind of song. An inviting mid-tempo number, "The First Time" simmers before erupting, while "No Words" makes an eloquent emotional statement. The inimitable Hubert Laws blows a fiery flute solo on the supercharged "South Beach Serenata," a song that sets the mood for a true Latin descarga. The first single serviced to radio, "Gotcha!" has a deep-pocketed groove that segues into a chorus that is ever so sweet, but for those familiar with this song, Lerman has sweetened it with a special arrangement. With 15 compositions to lighten your mood, set a romantic theme, or just keep you chillin' to his contemporary saxophonics, Danny Lerman and his special guests have delivered a set that is as personal as a love song and as accessible as a sunny day on a tropical island. Check it out!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Lightyear
  • UPC: 085365480025
  • Catalog Number: 54800
  • Sales rank: 287,038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Meow Baby (3:50)
  2. 2 Summer in a Hummer (3:42)
  3. 3 No Ordinary Love (4:39)
  4. 4 Imagine (4:26)
  5. 5 The First Time (4:37)
  6. 6 No Words (3:39)
  7. 7 South Beach Serenata (4:03)
  8. 8 Gotcha! (4:42)
  9. 9 Snoopy's Dance (4:06)
  10. 10 Saxsultan (3:50)
  11. 11 Amadeus' Kiss (4:18)
  12. 12 Baby Goes to Market (6:02)
  13. 13 Don't Gogo There (4:07)
  14. 14 If Only (3:28)
  15. 15 You Take My Breath Away (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Lerman Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Howard Hewett Vocals
Fareed Haque Guitar
Brian Hughes Acoustic Guitar
Hubert Laws Flute, Soloist
Bobby Lyle Piano, Keyboards
Tal Bergman Percussion, Drums
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Soloist
Johnny Britt Vocals
Lynn Fiddmont Vocals
Maxx Frank Keyboards
Tim Gant Keyboards
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Herman Jackson Keyboards
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Tim Kobza Guitar, Soloist
Tim Landers Bass
Kenya Hathaway Vocals
Ntomb Khona Dlamini Vocals
Haim Cotton Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Christian Howes Violin
Matt Franks Trombone
Jimmy Mngwandi Bass
Ron DeJesus Bass, Guitar
Fred Kron Keyboards, Soloist
Technical Credits
John Stewart Engineer
John Lennon Composer
Bobby Lyle Arranger
Sade Adu Composer
Tal Bergman Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Johnny Britt Vocal Arrangements
Norman Connors Producer
Maxx Frank Arranger, Composer, Programming
Tim Gant Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Steve Hall Mastering
Herman Jackson Arranger, Programming
Tim Kobza Composer
Neil Kuny Engineer
Stuart Matthewman Composer
David Rideau Engineer
Craig Bauer Engineer
Ntomb Khona Dlamini Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Sloan Equipment Rental
Chris Brooke Engineer
Danny Lerman Composer
Haim Cotton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Christian Howes Composer
Jason Rankins Engineer
Jimmy Mngwandi Vocal Arrangements
Nathan Maxwell Producer
Ron DeJesus Composer
Daniel Francis Doyle Management
Steve & Amy Grissette Composer
Fred Kron Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
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