Soul Symphony

Soul Symphony

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by Will Downing
     
 
Two years after Emotions and three after his exceptional Sensual Journey, singer/songwriter and producer Will Downing returns with Soul Symphony. There is something utterly timeless about Downing's approach. His new soul m.o. brings his mellifluous baritone to the listener in a silky smooth yet beat-driven tunnel of

Overview

Two years after Emotions and three after his exceptional Sensual Journey, singer/songwriter and producer Will Downing returns with Soul Symphony. There is something utterly timeless about Downing's approach. His new soul m.o. brings his mellifluous baritone to the listener in a silky smooth yet beat-driven tunnel of emotive reflection that goes right to the heart. Once more, Downing surrounds himself with the cream of the studio crop, like guitarist Wah Wah Watson, Rex Rideout on keyboards, and bassist Melvin Davis, just to mention a few. Downing wrote only about half the album this time out, and on these tracks he collaborated with bandmembers who wrote the majority of the rest. The album's beautiful hinge is the cover of Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell's "Superstar." But the slippery syncopation of "Crazy Love" and the shimmering acoustic guitar and hand drums that drive "Heart of Mine" are stellar as well. There isn't anything radically new here, but why should there be when Downing has reached as close to perfecting his sound as he's going to get?

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0602498840757
catalogNumber:
000521502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Downing   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dwight Sills   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Alex Al   Bass
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
David Blumberg   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Melvin Davis   Bass
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ronnie Garrett   Bass
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Chuck Loeb   Guitar,Soloist
David Low   Cello
Michael Markman   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Mark Walker   Bass
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Michael Ferril   Violin
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Natalie Leggett   Violin
John Stoddart   Background Vocals
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Rick Watford   Guitar
Armen Anassian   Violin
Susan Rishik   Violin
Gil Romero   Violin
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Eric D. Jackson   Guitar
Mike White   Drums
Horia Moroaica   Violin
Ana Landauer   Violin
Marina Manukian   Violin
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Keyboards
Audrey Wheeler Downing   Background Vocals
Amy Wickman   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Will Downing   Composer,Producer
Leon Russell   Composer
Dwight Sills   Personnel
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Sekou Bunch   Personnel
Louis Alfred   Engineer
Bashiri Johnson   Personnel
David Blumberg   String Arrangements
Melvin Davis   Personnel
Ian Fraser   Engineer
Ronnie Garrett   Composer,Producer,Personnel
Chuck Loeb   Personnel
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
David Rideau   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Producer,Personnel
Mark Walker   Personnel
Wah-Wah Watson   Personnel
Dwight Thompson   Composer,Personnel
Phil Hamilton   Personnel
Hollis King   Art Direction
John Stoddart   Composer,Personnel
Manfred Knoop   Engineer
Rick Watford   Personnel
Keith Fluitt   Personnel
Eric D. Jackson   Personnel
Mike White   Personnel
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Producer,Personnel
Audrey Wheeler Downing   Personnel
Autumn Moultrie   grooming
Juan Pablo Alcaro   Engineer
Ai Fujisaki   Engineer

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Soul Symphony 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a devoted Will Downing fan, I was terribly disapointed. Seems Will is trying to expand his audience but in doing so has forsaken his trademark style.