Metamorphosis

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the most sensuous singers in the urban adult contemporary/urban jazz realm since the early '90s, Maysa's unique dual career, while fascinating, is probably what has kept her from breaking out beyond stardom in those niches. In the early '90s, she joined the British soul collective Incognito and has since appeared on eight of the acid jazz/groove collective's projects. While performing and recording with that ensemble, she's also built a steady catalog of solo projects, including her first two cover-oriented Shanachie sets Sweet Classic Soul and Feel the Fire. The Metamorphosis on this disc is not so much in her diverse stylistic approach, which ranges from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of the most sensuous singers in the urban adult contemporary/urban jazz realm since the early '90s, Maysa's unique dual career, while fascinating, is probably what has kept her from breaking out beyond stardom in those niches. In the early '90s, she joined the British soul collective Incognito and has since appeared on eight of the acid jazz/groove collective's projects. While performing and recording with that ensemble, she's also built a steady catalog of solo projects, including her first two cover-oriented Shanachie sets Sweet Classic Soul and Feel the Fire. The Metamorphosis on this disc is not so much in her diverse stylistic approach, which ranges from soothing, old-school, conversational, late-night soul ("My Destiny," featuring Najee on flute, "Take Me Away") to sexy, whispery neo-soul ("Never Really Ever") and dreamy, lightly funky Brazilian jazz on the breezy, cool grooving "Simpatico" and the quasi-Brasil '66 vibe of "Higher Love"; this track features smoothie great Nick Colionne snapping on the acoustic guitar beneath Maysa's soaring vocals and Najee's wistful flute charms. It's more about digging deep into a series of sharp originals, some co-penned by the singer and others by artists (like Ledisi) who have a similar soulful world view. Maysa waits till the end before breaking free of her usual comfort zone by going truly universal and scatting her way over a hypnotic exotic groove on "A Conversation with the Universe," an out there but completely irresistible slice of sonic energy devised by labelmates Global Noize (Jason Miles and DJ Logic). Never one to forget her roots, Maysa pays homage to Incognito leader Bluey Maunick on the unique "Let's Figure It Out (A Song for Bluey)," which begins as a balmy Colionne-driven instrumental before evolving into a vocal-laden funk-dance track. Maysa's always been an inspiring singer. Metamorphosis establishes her as a deeper, more diverse artist of true vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5019421551324
  • Catalog Number: 825503
  • Sales rank: 185,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simpatico (5:19)
  2. 2 My Destiny (4:36)
  3. 3 Never Really Ever (3:45)
  4. 4 Let's Figure It Out (A Song for Bluey) - Nick Colionne (7:09)
  5. 5 I Need a Man (4:17)
  6. 6 Higher Love - Nick Colionne (4:19)
  7. 7 Take Me Away (4:30)
  8. 8 Happy Feelings (5:23)
  9. 9 Love So True (4:29)
  10. 10 Walk Away (5:46)
  11. 11 Grateful (4:25)
  12. 12 A Conversation with the Universe - Global Noize (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maysa Primary Artist
Maysa Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Background Vocals
Najee Flute, Guest Appearance
Wayne Bruce Guitar
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Melvin Davis Bass
Ronnie Garrett Bass
Angela Johnson Keyboards, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Melvin Jones Trumpet
Tommy Martin Acoustic Guitar
Jason Miles Keyboards
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Nick Colionne Guitar
DJ Logic Turntables
Michael Ripoll Acoustic Guitar, Soloist
Reggie Carter Keyboards
Herman "P Nut" Johnson Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Various
Tricia Angus Background Vocals
Reggie Carter Keyboards
Jocelyn Alvarez Conga
Technical Credits
Maysa Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Ronnie Garrett Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Angela Johnson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Maysa Composer
Jason Miles Composer, Programming, Engineer
Dennis Moody Engineer
Rex Rideout Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Paul Wickliffe Mastering
DJ Logic Composer, Programming, Sound Effects
Michael Ripoll Composer
Ledisi Young Arranger, Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Herman "P Nut" Johnson Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Chris "Big Dog" Davis Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
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