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Sunstorm
     

Sunstorm

by Zo!
 
SunStorm is Lorenzo Ferguson's follow-up to 2009's Overdue Process -- a full-length collaboration with MC Asylum 7 -- and payback from several sessions beside the Foreign Exchange and its affiliates. It's also the natural extension of the Just Visiting EPs, in which the multi-instrumentalist/producer and a

Overview

SunStorm is Lorenzo Ferguson's follow-up to 2009's Overdue Process -- a full-length collaboration with MC Asylum 7 -- and payback from several sessions beside the Foreign Exchange and its affiliates. It's also the natural extension of the Just Visiting EPs, in which the multi-instrumentalist/producer and a rotating array of vocalists reinterpreted soft soul of the mid-'70s through the early '90s -- hits and cult classics like Minnie Riperton's "Perfect Angel," the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt," and Mary J. Blige's "Love No Limit." Ferguson's keyboards and beats have always been flexible enough to accommodate vocalists and MCs with equal ease. Here, they are especially geared toward the former, though Phonte pulls double duty on the uplifting tone setter "Greater Than the Sun" and Rapper Big Pooh briefly drops in on the loose-collared "This Could Be the Night." True to its title, SunStorm emits a constant flow of radiant, positive energy, even when the love songs convey turbulence. Ferguson gracefully switches between lively pianos and darting synthesizers over beats that gently bounce and flutter, and drafts in some occasional woodwinds and brass. This places the album as much in line with the most musical strain of broken beat (à la 4hero, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Kaidi Tatham) as adult contemporary R&B. If the wide-scoped progressive jazz and R&B station WJZZ -- a fixture in Ferguson's native Detroit -- still existed, it would no doubt wear this album out. Given the number of featured vocalists, the station would not run the risk of losing any ears in doing so.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Hard Boiled Label
UPC:
0616892092360
catalogNumber:
1

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Performance Credits

Zo!   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Cabasa
Strong   Flugelhorn
Eric Roberson   Vocals
YahZarah   Vocals
Lady Alma   Vocals,Background Vocals
Claudia Hayden   Flute
Brevan Hampden   Conga,Wind Chimes
Big Pooh   Vocals
Darien Brockington   Vocals
Phonte   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Monica Blaire   Vocals
Carlitta Durand   Hand Clapping
Stan Graham   Trumpet
Chris Boerner   Guitar,Soloist
Chantae Cann   Vocals
Jesse Boykins   Vocals
Tigallo   Percussion,Maracas
Andrew Kleindienst   Trombone
Omar Hunter-El   Acoustic Guitar
Lady Alma Choral Ensemble   Background Vocals
Preston Branch   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Alma Horton   Composer
Sy Smith   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
YahZarah   Composer
Khrysis   Engineer
Darien Brockington   Composer
Nicolay   Executive Producer
Phonte   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Phonte Coleman   Composer
Carlitta Durand   Composer
Zo!   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Grant Nichols   Engineer
Chris "Biscuit" Bynum   Wood
Lorenzo Ferguson   Composer,Executive Producer
Thomas Jones   Composer
Blaire White   Composer

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