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All Music Guide - John Bush
Could it be? Is it really possible that one of the most innovative collectives in modern music could stoop to making a throwback soul record? (Perhaps they should have recruited Joss Stone as a guest vocalist.) Sarcasm aside, it's obvious that a soul record from a group like Jazzanova is quite a different proposition from the usual retro rot. So confident in their middle age that they feel no need to innovate (at least, purely for its own sake), the Berliner sextet ends up delivering one of the best soul albums of the era (or any other). True, the influences may be easy to spot -- Philly soul here, Motown there, plenty of '70s progressive jazz with taut strings or breezy ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Could it be? Is it really possible that one of the most innovative collectives in modern music could stoop to making a throwback soul record? (Perhaps they should have recruited Joss Stone as a guest vocalist.) Sarcasm aside, it's obvious that a soul record from a group like Jazzanova is quite a different proposition from the usual retro rot. So confident in their middle age that they feel no need to innovate (at least, purely for its own sake), the Berliner sextet ends up delivering one of the best soul albums of the era (or any other). True, the influences may be easy to spot -- Philly soul here, Motown there, plenty of '70s progressive jazz with taut strings or breezy woodwinds -- but with arrangements as accomplished as these are, and productions that crackle as gloriously as these do, the group can rest comfortably with their theft, genius as it is. Each track has a vocal feature, which might disappoint a few dance fans, but as with the first Jazzanova production LP (In Between), listeners won't spend long wishing they could hear instrumentals of these songs. The caressing vocalist Paul Randolph is responsible for a large share of the highlights, while Jazzanova must be proudest for snaring the smooth soul maverick Leon Ware to appear on a cover of his own "Rockin' You Eternally," with backing vocals from fellow Detroiter Dwele. (Still, Phonte from Little Brother is responsible for the record's greatest feat -- delivering a fine soul vocal on the opener "Look What You're Doin' to Me," then rapping just as well for "So Far from Home.") It's to be expected that Jazzanova would turn in excellent productions with every track, but what's most impressive about Of All the Things is the work that Jazzanova haven't made their forté in the past -- songwriting, arrangements, and the pairing of each vocalist with a song that works perfectly for them. (Credit for much of the songwriting and arranging for horn or strings goes to Stefan Leisering.) Whereas in the past, Jazzanova's preeminence was obvious on the surface, Of All the Things displays their subtle powers for music-making.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517837317
  • Catalog Number: 001209002
  • Sales rank: 101,995

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Look What You're Doin' to Me (3:01)
  2. 2 Let Me Show Ya (6:27)
  3. 3 I Can See (3:31)
  4. 4 Lie - Thief (4:32)
  5. 5 Little Bird - José James (6:05)
  6. 6 Rockin' You Eternally - Dwele (4:43)
  7. 7 So Far from Home (4:13)
  8. 8 What Do You Want? - Joe Dukie (4:47)
  9. 9 Lucky Girl (3:34)
  10. 10 Gafiera (2:40)
  11. 11 Morning Scapes (4:13)
  12. 12 Dial a Cliché (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jazzanova Primary Artist
Alex Malheiros Electric Bass
Ivan Conti Percussion, Drums
Peter Bock Viola
Leon Ware Vocals, Guest Appearance
Walter Gauchel Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Vanessa Mason Background Vocals
Stefan Leisering Percussion, Piano, Glockenspiel, Keyboards
Axel Reinemer Percussion, Recorder
Bembe Segue Vocals
Pedro Martins Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Soren Fischer Trombone
Sebastian Studnitzky Piano, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Minas Suluyan Conga
Christian Weidner Tenor Saxophone
Clara Hill Background Vocals
Boris Meinhold Guitar
Paul Randolph Recorder, Vocals, Background Vocals
Colin Dick Background Vocals
Jan Stolterfoht Guitar
Paul Kleber Acoustic Bass
Magnus Lindgren Flute
Kalle Kalima Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Kim Hyun Jung Violin
José James Vocals
Phonte Vocals
Thief Vocals
Joe Dukie Vocals
Agnieszka Antonina Bartsch Celli
Volkmar Weiche Celli
Dragan Radosavievich Violin
Stephanie Böhm Trombone
Dirk Steglich Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ben Westbeech Vocals
Dieter Vogt Viola
Verena Wehling Viola
Ruth Maria Renner Background Vocals
Skip Reinhart Trumpet
Matthias Benker Steiner Viola
Susanne Calgeer Violin
David Canisius Violin
Sandor Farkas Violin
Ralf Zettl Violin
Leslie Riva Ruppert Cello, Celli
Grace Risch Background Vocals
Frank Fritsch Saxophone
Wilson Michael Background Vocals
Roberto Jose Bertrami fender rhodes
Sebastian Düwelt Piano
Simonetta Ginelli Harp
Astrid Hengst Viola
Volodymyr Korobov Violin
Harald Kündgen Vibes
Sojung Lee Celli
Edward Maclean Electric Bass
James Scannel Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rouven Schirmer Celli
Alexandra Shipilo Violin
Manuel Zacek Electric Bass
Wilson Michaels Background Vocals
Volkmar Weiche Cello
Verena Wehling Viola
Stephan Bohm Trombone
Sandor Farkas Violin
Raif Zettl Violin
Philipp Kullen Percussion
Matthias Benker-Steiner Viola
Joris Barsch Buhle Violin
Hyun-Jung Kim Violin
Dieter Vogt Viola
David Canisius Violin
David "Skip" Reinhart Trumpet
Agnieszka Antonina Bartsch Cello
Technical Credits
Marcos Valle Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Stefan Leisering Composer, Programming, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, drum programming, Re-arranged
Axel Reinemer Engineer
Jazzanova Producer, Audio Production
Pedro Martins Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Sebastian Studnitzky Horn Arrangements, Re-arranged
Paul Randolph Composer
Dallas Tamaira Composer
Ben Westbeech Composer
Sascha Gottschalk Composer
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