Soul Symphony

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498840757
  • Catalog Number: 000521502
  • Sales rank: 93,795

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Put Me On (4:08)
  2. 2 Crazy Love (4:41)
  3. 3 What's It Gonna Be (4:24)
  4. 4 A Promise (4:08)
  5. 5 Make Time for Love (4:45)
  6. 6 Soul Steppin' (4:32)
  7. 7 Will Still Loves You (3:40)
  8. 8 Superstar (5:48)
  9. 9 Heart of Mine (5:04)
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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
Sara Parkins Violin
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
Technical Credits
Will Downing Composer, Producer
Leon Russell Composer
Dwight Sills Personnel
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Sekou Bunch Personnel
Louis Alfred III 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    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.

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