Never Give Up on Love

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Imitating the jazz giants who gave him the greatest inspiration -- from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock and Ramsey Lewis-- keyboardist Billy Mitchell's choice to alternate straight-ahead jazz dates with contemporary R&B/funk-driven smooth jazz has earned him respect from both camps over the years, even if it has slightly hurt his commercial momentum . After a few colorful excursions into swing 1996's Cat's Pajamas and straight-ahead 1997's Passion, recorded live with his quintet, Mitchell returns to the smooth jazz fold with his Paras Recording Co. debut, Never Give Up on Love, a vibrant and eclectic session which combines raw and edgy funk, graceful ballads, and even...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Imitating the jazz giants who gave him the greatest inspiration -- from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock and Ramsey Lewis-- keyboardist Billy Mitchell's choice to alternate straight-ahead jazz dates with contemporary R&B/funk-driven smooth jazz has earned him respect from both camps over the years, even if it has slightly hurt his commercial momentum . After a few colorful excursions into swing 1996's Cat's Pajamas and straight-ahead 1997's Passion, recorded live with his quintet, Mitchell returns to the smooth jazz fold with his Paras Recording Co. debut, Never Give Up on Love, a vibrant and eclectic session which combines raw and edgy funk, graceful ballads, and even some worldbeat influences. The title track begins with Welton Gete's snappy solo bassline and the roaring sax of Robert Kyle before easing into a bouncy note-for-note duet between Mitchell's high-end ivories and sultry vocalist Sandra Booker; on this tune as well as the cheerful, Joe Sample-influenced "It Could Only Be You," Mitchell breaks into slick radio-friendliness for a buoyant, extended improvisation. Typical of his more heartfelt side is "Southern Shadows," an instrumental version of a tune Mitchell wrote for singer Jo Marie Payton a few years ago; it's a dramatic, ambient piano meditation with gentle wordless vocals and mystical soundscaping by Munyungo Jackson. Jackson's dense percussion helps Mitchell score in the opposite extreme, helping drive the intense shuffle jam "Conga Man," a big anthemic and exotic party explosion complete with background noise that showcases Mitchell's ambitious production skills even if it short-shrifts his own playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 634479747625
  • Catalog Number: 5637224801
  • Sales rank: 216,265

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Give up on Love (5:16)
  2. 2 Conga Man (4:45)
  3. 3 It Could Only Be You (4:10)
  4. 4 Dreams (1:49)
  5. 5 Forest of Dreams (5:04)
  6. 6 Blue Monday (4:33)
  7. 7 Southern Shadows (6:18)
  8. 8 Penthouse Sweet (4:45)
  9. 9 Moment in Time (Interlude) (1:51)
  10. 10 Homeland (5:21)
  11. 11 Southern Shadows (4:01)
  12. 12 Conga Man (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Mitchell Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards
Hollis Gentry Soprano Saxophone
John Bolivar Flute
Ilyana Background Vocals
Welton Gite Electric Bass
Munyungo Jackson Percussion, Conga
Robert Kyle Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Werner Schuchner Bass, Guitar
Sandra Booker Vocals
Warren Adams Background Vocals
Stuart Turner Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Mitchell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Brian Friedman Engineer
Welton Gite Arranger, Programming, Producer
Munyungo Jackson Arranger
Mark V. Engineer
Jo Marie Payton Executive Producer
Eric Fahlborg Engineer, Mastering
Mindas Concept Design
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