Soulcall

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Nnenna Freelon's highly anticipated new CD Soulcall releases her energy, talent, and soulful vocals into a great program of 13 songs inspired by jazz traditions, gospel influences, and pop favorites. Accompanied by a great band, including Chris Potter on alto flute and tenor saxophone, Ray Drummond on bass, and special guests Kirk Whalum on tenor saxophone, Joe Beck on guitar, and Sounds of Blackness and Take 6 on vocals, the dynamic, award-winning, vocalist emanates her eclectic musical tastes with cozy intimacy, soulful nuance, and curvaceous phrasings. Freelon resurrects two renditions of "Amazing Grace" for modern artists; one a quiet, duet with pianist Takana ...
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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Nnenna Freelon's highly anticipated new CD Soulcall releases her energy, talent, and soulful vocals into a great program of 13 songs inspired by jazz traditions, gospel influences, and pop favorites. Accompanied by a great band, including Chris Potter on alto flute and tenor saxophone, Ray Drummond on bass, and special guests Kirk Whalum on tenor saxophone, Joe Beck on guitar, and Sounds of Blackness and Take 6 on vocals, the dynamic, award-winning, vocalist emanates her eclectic musical tastes with cozy intimacy, soulful nuance, and curvaceous phrasings. Freelon resurrects two renditions of "Amazing Grace" for modern artists; one a quiet, duet with pianist Takana Miyamoto and the other, a gospel jazz version with pianist James Williams, Ray Drummond, drummer Ed Thigpen, and tambourines by Gregg Field. The soulcall successfully comes through on the title track, a composition penned by Freelon, which reflects her true essence. Her voice is beautiful and possesses the amazing ability to gracefully change in musical expression and shading. "Let It Be Me" and "Just in Time" reveal her ability to caress a great ballad and scat sing with the best of them. The Grammy-nominated singer only improves with age and shows tremendous growth from her debut album, Shaking Free, and the much celebrated Maiden Voyage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431489627
  • Catalog Number: 4896
  • Sales rank: 71,321

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nnenna Freelon Primary Artist
Joe Beck Guitar
Ray Drummond Bass
Ed Thigpen Drums
Beverly Botsford Percussion
Morgan Ames Choir, Chorus
Wayne Batchelor Bass
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Gregg Field Tambourine
Woody Williams Drums
Matt Shulman Trumpet
Matt Penman Bass
Greg Field Tambourine
Technical Credits
Joe Beck Arranger
Nnenna Freelon Arrangement Collaboration
Morgan Ames Arranger, Choir Arrangement
John Burk Executive Producer
Cedric Dent Arranger, Producer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Mark Kibble Arranger, Producer
John Newton Composer
Kirk Whalum Arranger, Programming, Producer
Gary Hines Musical Director
Marcelo Pennell Engineer
Scott Hull Mastering
Ilene Weingard Art Direction
Alexis Davis Product Development
Glen Barros Executive Producer
David Thomas Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST HAVE!

    I just picked up this cd, and I love it. I noticed that she's nominated for two Grammys (including Best Jazz Vocal), and will also be performing on the show (Wed. Feb. 21st). I hope she wins, considering this is my favorite album of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Soulcall For All

    WOW~ it was worth the wait! Nnenna¿s new CD has it all at its beck and Soulcall. The cover artwork is mesmerizing and her voice is so big and beautiful. She sounds better than ever and her band shines throughout (especially on the trio version of ¿Amazing Grace¿). My favorites are the Ella-esque leadoff track ¿Better Than Anything¿, the sultry ¿Let It Be Me¿ (featuring Kirk Whalum on sax) and the uplifting ballad ¿One Child At A Time¿ with background vocals by Sounds of Blackness. And just when I thought it couldn¿t get any better, Take 6 join Nnenna on an amazing acappella version of Nat King Cole¿s ¿Straighten Up and Fly Right¿. If you enjoy Jazz, Gospel or just a wonderful soulful singer, Soulcall is spellbinding! In fact, I venture to wager that there will be a lot of newborns named Nnenna in the years to come.

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