Promises

Promises

by Richard Smallwood
     
 
Heartbroken after his mother died in 2005, the usually prolific Richard Smallwood spent the next four years without writing a song. Promises -- and once you hear the album, that's a layered choice of a title -- is the conceptual result of Smallwood emerging from these dark times, with an uplifting outlook on both life and death. This

Overview

Heartbroken after his mother died in 2005, the usually prolific Richard Smallwood spent the next four years without writing a song. Promises -- and once you hear the album, that's a layered choice of a title -- is the conceptual result of Smallwood emerging from these dark times, with an uplifting outlook on both life and death. This album-long conversation with God begins with a dramatic, Hollywood-like intro, swerves into classic gospel-choir territory, and then travels across many musical genres. Highlight "Mender" nostalgically incorporates some New Jack Swing, while "Praying for Peace" chills out smooth jazz style with special guest vocalist Lalah Hathaway. Longtime fans of the man's work with the choir should check "Trust Me," which comes with a fascinating arrangement where voices seem to sway back and forth. In the end, Smallwood's return is as poignant as expected, but that he was able to innovate and evolve with such a heavy heart is stunning.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Verity
UPC:
0886975149926
catalogNumber:
751499
Rank:
78236

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Smallwood   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Lalah Hathaway   Vocals
Thomas Davis   Trumpet
Stephanie Winslow   Vocals
Lloyd Barry   Trumpet
Jeff Coffin   Baritone Saxophone
Steven Ford   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Orchestral Percussion,Hammond B3
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Doug Moffet   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Darlene Simmons   Vocals
Joel Smith   Bass,Drums
Daniel Weatherspoon   Vocals
Donald Lawrence   Vocals
Nick Sparks   Horn Engineer
Rick Watford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Aaron Draper   Percussion
Byron Nichols   Vocals
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Philip Feaster   Keyboards
Jeff Davis   Drums
Vanessa Williams   Vocals
Isaiah Sharkey   Guitar
Justin Savage   Piano,fender rhodes
Anton Nesbitt   Electric Bass
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Soloman Howard   Voiceover
Pam Sixfin   Concert Master
Josh Lutz   Guitar
Nick Marchione   Trumpet
Andrea Dumas   Vocals
Charisse Nelson McIntosh   Vocals
Tavarius Johnson   Drums
Clay Pritchard   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Curtis Moore   Organ
Rodney Jones   Bass
Mark Walker   Bass
Jordan Gheen   Trumpet
Raimondo Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Walter Hawkins   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Richard Smallwood   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Lalah Hathaway   Vocal Producer
Javier Solís   Engineer,Percussion Arrangement
Lloyd Barry   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steven Ford   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Roger Holmes   Executive Producer
Daniel Weatherspoon   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Anthony Jeffries   Engineer
Donald Lawrence   Composer,Producer
Nick Sparks   Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Raymond Reeder   Vocal Arrangements
Dean West   Instrumentation,Backline Technician
Philip Feaster   Composer
Justin Savage   rhythm arrangement
Jeff Breakey   Engineer
Eric Hartman   Engineer
Phillip Lassiter   Horn Arrangements
James "Jazzy" Jordan   Executive Producer
Thomas Petroski   Engineer
Roy Cotton   Horn Arrangements
Rodney Jones   Composer
Kym Lee   Imaging
Adam Stamper   Engineer
Eathan Clark   Drum Technician
Detrick Lowson   Percussion Technician
Letitia Thornhill   Imaging
Joyce Gray   Make-Up Assistant
Jeannette Jaczorowski   Art Direction

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