Simple Life

Simple Life

by Kevyn Lettau
     
 

Kevyn Lettau joined the JVC roster with Simple Life, which was her third album overall. JVC went after NAC radio with this release, and sure enough, NAC programmers once again proved receptive to her soft, relaxed style of pop/R&B and quiet storm music. Though parts of Simple Life are on the bland side, the CD definitely has its moments. Some of the more…  See more details below

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Kevyn Lettau joined the JVC roster with Simple Life, which was her third album overall. JVC went after NAC radio with this release, and sure enough, NAC programmers once again proved receptive to her soft, relaxed style of pop/R&B and quiet storm music. Though parts of Simple Life are on the bland side, the CD definitely has its moments. Some of the more memorable cuts range from the ballad "Miracle of Love" and the Earth, Wind & Fire-ish "Take A Look" (a commentary on homelessness in the U.S.) to a Brazilian-influenced interpretation of Joni Mitchell's "People's Parties." When Lettau embraces Brazilian rhythms, she usually takes a Rio de Janeiro-ish approach, but on "People's Parties," the rhythms are closer to the Afro-Bahian music of Salvador and Northeastern Brazil. Also noteworthy are her versions of the Yellowjackets' "Out of Town" (an angular fusion number she adds lyrics to) and Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss," which are the only tunes on the album that can honestly be called jazz. To be sure, producers Michael Shapiro and Marcel East don't do as much for Lettau as they could have--the Angelino needed someone who would have encouraged her to bring more grit and less sweetness to her performances. But despite its limitations and shortcomings, Simple Life reminded us that Lettau had potential.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1992
Label:
Jvc / Xrcd
UPC:
0009119201629
catalogNumber:
2016

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevyn Lettau   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Justo Almario   Flute
Brian Bromberg   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Dori Caymmi   Acoustic Guitar
Tony Guerrero   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Randy Tico   Bass Guitar
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Gary Meek   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Aros   Percussion
Bill Cantos   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion,Conductor
Nathan East   Bass,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Pedro Eustache   Bass,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Bansuri
Russell Ferrante   Organ,Keyboards
Jeff Kashiwa   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Scott Mayo   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Lou Pardini   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Shapiro   Percussion,Drums
Chris Trujillo   Percussion
Iris Ibarcena   Vocals
Kleber Jorge   Acoustic Guitar
Megumi Matsuura   Vocals
Ken Rarick   Synthesizer,Keyboards
James Miller   Vocals
Chris Morrison   Vocals
James East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sunny Wilkinson   Vocals
Jerry Watts   Bass Guitar
Carl Burnett   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Luis Conti   Percussion
Ana Robles   Vocals
Jill Cohn   Vocals
Drew Von Buseck   Vocals
Paul Bunuan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dori Caymmi   rhythm arrangement
Gary Meek   rhythm arrangement
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Bill Cantos   Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Marcel East   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Anders Johansson   Engineer
Ricky Lawson   rhythm arrangement
Kevyn Lettau   Vocal Arrangements
Valerie Mayo   Vocal Arrangements
Lou Pardini   rhythm arrangement
Michael Shapiro   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement
Yutaka Yokokura   rhythm arrangement
Ken Rarick   Programming
Amy Dakos   Art Direction
Takashi Misu   Executive Producer
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio   Engineer
James East   rhythm arrangement
Greg Loskorn   Engineer
Eric Junker   Art Direction
Alan Hirschberg   Engineer
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer

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