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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Because this second album by the former New York Yankee outfielder was released a month before the passing of NBA Star-turned-popular jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale, there are bound to be some comparisons made. It's a logical starting point, because both were shining lights in two very different fields who launched their musical careers while they were still popular athletes, and part of Tisdale's friendship with Bernie Williams was mentoring the center fielder/classically trained guitarist on how to make a successful transition. Tisdale's plucky contribution to the jangling, soaring, opening title track is also one of his last recorded performances. The connection is ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Because this second album by the former New York Yankee outfielder was released a month before the passing of NBA Star-turned-popular jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale, there are bound to be some comparisons made. It's a logical starting point, because both were shining lights in two very different fields who launched their musical careers while they were still popular athletes, and part of Tisdale's friendship with Bernie Williams was mentoring the center fielder/classically trained guitarist on how to make a successful transition. Tisdale's plucky contribution to the jangling, soaring, opening title track is also one of his last recorded performances. The connection is there, but stylistically, the two took very different approaches. While Tisdale's playful lead bass vibe found a great niche in smooth urban jazz and stayed there his whole musical career, the wild worldbeat and deep jazz versatility Williams displays on Moving Forward affords him many more genre options. He draws on his Puerto Rican heritage to stir up some zesty and playful, percussive Latin energy on "Ritmo de Otono" (with Dave Koz) and a sizzling, improvisation-heavy romp through Pérez Prado's "Que Rico el Mambo." There's also a Latin connection with Cuban-born pop singer Jon Secada, who jams with Williams on English and Spanish covers of his trademark '90s hit "Just Another Day." The guitarist also has fun with the tracking, seeing no discordance in following the seductive exotica of "African Blues" (complementing his own acoustic lines with the electricity of Spyro Gyra's Julio Fernandez) with the sweet, strumming acoustic pop gem "Chillin in the West" (which revs into a rocker courtesy of Jeff Golub) and then a tender, emotional take on a song near and dear to him, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Williams also leans from pop instrumental towards the expansive jazz fusion side in a single bound on "Go for It," with the help of electric guitar great Mike Stern. Williams saves his biggest superstar surprise for last, tacking on a live recording of him playing acoustic with Bruce Springsteen as the rocker exults in his (and Williams' "Glory Days"). This dynamic, unusually eclectic set proves that while the four-time World Series champ's glory days are behind him as a ballplayer, he's Moving Forward towards a stellar career in music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Rock Ridge Music
  • UPC: 677516121729
  • Catalog Number: 61217

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moving Forward (5:22)
  2. 2 Ritmo de Otoño (5:42)
  3. 3 Songo (5:02)
  4. 4 Addicted to You (5:57)
  5. 5 Just Another Day (5:18)
  6. 6 He Reigns (5:53)
  7. 7 Lullaby for Beatriz (3:53)
  8. 8 Go for It (6:55)
  9. 9 Que Rico el Mambo (7:26)
  10. 10 African Blues (5:16)
  11. 11 Chillin in the West (5:05)
  12. 12 Take Me out to the Ball Game (3:02)
  13. 13 Otro Dia Mas Sin Verge (5:19)
  14. 14 Glory Days (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernie Williams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Chris Clark Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Bruce Springsteen Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Scott Henderson Electric Guitar
Dave Koz Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Matt Rollings Piano
Bob Sheppard Spoken Word
Mike Stern Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Luis Bonilla Trombone
Jeff Golub Electric Guitar
Giovanni Hidalgo Conga
David Sancious Piano, Strings, Keyboards
Bill Champlin Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jon Secada Vocals, Background Vocals
Patti Scialfa Tambourine, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Richie Cannata Saxophone
Luis Conte Percussion
Julio Fernandez Electric Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass, Bass Guitar
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
David Sanchez Saxophone
Dave Weckl Drums
Wayman Tisdale Bass, Bass Guitar
Fred Walcott Percussion
Don Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Leland Sklar Bass, Drums, Bass Guitar
T-Bone Wolk Bass, Bass Guitar
Christian Nieves cuatro
Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Background Vocals
Michael Landou Electric Guitar
Hiram Williams Cello
Dave Gluck Percussion
Technical Credits
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Bob Sheppard Introduction
Pérez Prado Composer
Jon Secada Composer
Richie Cannata Horn Arrangements
Peter Denenberg Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Talley Sherwood Engineer
Wayman Tisdale Engineer
Jack Norworth Composer
Loren Harriet Producer
Héctor Ivan Rosa Engineer
Miguel Morejon Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Gabriel Peña Engineer
Scott Barber Executive Producer
Bernie Williams Composer
Mike Ferretti Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great follow-up from Bernie!

    A lot has changed since Bernie recorded "The Journey Within". All at once, my man attracted this huge following amongst the who's who of music icons, and now all of them wanted to record with him. I was a bit wary that this album would suffer from icon overkill, but some of them, especially the musicians in the "jazz" category, made some out-of-this world contributions. I enjoyed B.W.'s rendition of "Take Me Out To The
    Ballgame". If "Journey" was a triple, this one was out of the park!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elegant and sophisticated

    Absolutely beautiful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love that tune.

    I truly enjoyed this work of art!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CD

    Everything fine--quick shipping as usual. Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hope he continues recording.

    This was a wonderful surprise. I came across it by accident while searching for anothe CD. I haven't regretted it yet. He definitely has a second career in music and if he ever quits baseball this can be his first.

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    Posted June 15, 2009

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