Rashida

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Like Lucien's first effort 1970's I Am Now, Rashida didn't set the world on fire commercially speaking, but it solidified Lucien's status as a purveyor of intelligent romantic ballads and poetic if not gushy lyrics. Even to fans of jazz/R&B/pop, Lucien is a love or hate proposition, and Rashida was the effort that all but etched his persona in stone. Produced by Shep Meyers and Larry Rosen, Rashida, displays Lucien's soothing baritone and romantic nature with much aplomb. As the arranger here, he also shows an immense capacity for melodies. Although this album has a few clunky but danceable tracks, at this point Lucien was much better at handling the ballads. "Kuenda," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Like Lucien's first effort 1970's I Am Now, Rashida didn't set the world on fire commercially speaking, but it solidified Lucien's status as a purveyor of intelligent romantic ballads and poetic if not gushy lyrics. Even to fans of jazz/R&B/pop, Lucien is a love or hate proposition, and Rashida was the effort that all but etched his persona in stone. Produced by Shep Meyers and Larry Rosen, Rashida, displays Lucien's soothing baritone and romantic nature with much aplomb. As the arranger here, he also shows an immense capacity for melodies. Although this album has a few clunky but danceable tracks, at this point Lucien was much better at handling the ballads. "Kuenda," a mellow, wordless vocal, sets the stage for the album's ambience; "Would You Believe in Me" benefits from Lucien's relentless poesy and a strong idiosyncratic horn arrangement. To a listener, Lucien no doubt might seem like an odd bird, having a track called "Satan" doesn't help, but often when the arrangements and Lucien's vocals are in sync, he is simply one of the most focused and emotional balladeers to even step in front of a microphone. The title track has Lucien playing the tortured romantic with a cinematic, emotion-filled arrangement. On "Lady Love," the finest of his early songs, he sings, "Darling let me lay beside you, kiss my burning lips about you, for I'm a child of God." There's no two ways about it, you either like this stuff or you don't. "Love Everlasting" takes a more lighthearted approach with its breezy arrangement and sentiment. For his fans, Rashida is one of Lucien's best-loved albums and would be essential listening to those who are so inclined.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Big Break
  • EAN: 5013929033221
  • Catalog Number: 2903322
  • Sales rank: 111,651

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kuenda (3:14)
  2. 2 Would You Believe In Me (2:26)
  3. 3 Lady Love (4:59)
  4. 4 Luella (3:51)
  5. 5 Shana (3:17)
  6. 6 Satan (3:38)
  7. 7 Rashida (6:09)
  8. 8 The War Song (3:18)
  9. 9 Esperanza (4:07)
  10. 10 Love Everlasting (3:12)
  11. 11 Zenzile (5:39)
  12. 12 Lady Love (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Lucien Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Bill Watrous Trombone
Noel Pointer Violin, Soloist
Corky Hale Harp
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Celli
Ann Barak Viola
Garnett Brown Trombone
Doris Carr Violin
Norman Carr Violin, Concert Master
Burt Collins Trumpet
Dave Grusin Percussion, Chimes, Conductor, Electric Piano
Jean Dupouy Viola
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Gerald Tarack Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Joseph Goodman Violin
Eric Harrigan Jr. Drums
Ray Kunicki Violin
Gloria Lanzerone Celli
Morty Lewis Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Guy Lumia Violin
Charles McCracken Celli
Lloyd Michels Trumpet
John Pintavalle Violin
George Ricci Celli
Alvin Rogers Violin
Annette Sanders Background Vocals
Harvey Shapiro Celli
David Tofani Clarinet
Harry Zaratzian Viola
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Lew Del Gatto Oboe
Frank Malabe Percussion, Conga
Julian C. Barber Viola
Fred Buldrini Violin
Ruth Bugginton Violin
Max Holander Violin
Technical Credits
Jon Lucien Arranger, Composer
Jim Crotty Engineer
Dave Grusin Composer, Orchestration
Bob Daugherty Cover Photo
Shep Meyers Producer
Larry Rosen Producer
Colin Elliot Logo Design
Wayne A. Dickson Executive Producer
Craig DeCamps Liner Notes
Michal Bednarek Reissue Producer
Justin Cober-Lake Liner Notes
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