Sunstorm

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Hbd Label Group
  • UPC: 616892092360
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 63,718

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Greater Than the Sun (3:56)
  2. 2 Greatest Weapon of All Time (5:26)
  3. 3 Say How You Feel (3:03)
  4. 4 For Leslie (2:02)
  5. 5 Be Your Man (3:33)
  6. 6 Free Your Mind (5:12)
  7. 7 Sunstorm (5:45)
  8. 8 If I Could Tell You No - Jesse Boykins III (2:43)
  9. 9 This Could Be the Night (4:19)
  10. 10 Flight of the Blackbyrd (6:47)
  11. 11 All Is Well with Love - Chantae Cann (2:55)
  12. 12 MakeLuv2Me (10:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zo! Primary Artist, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, Cabasa
Al Strong Flugelhorn
Eric Roberson Vocals
YahZarah Vocals
Lady Alma Vocals, Background Vocals
Claudia Hayden Flute
Brevan Hampden Conga, Wind Chimes
Darien Brockington Vocals
Phonte Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Rapper Big Pooh Vocals
Monica Blaire Vocals
Carlitta Durand Hand Clapping
Stan Graham Trumpet
Chris Boerner Guitar, Soloist
Chantae Cann Vocals
Jesse Boykins III Vocals
El Tigallo Percussion, Maracas
Andrew Kleindienst Trombone
Omar Hunter-El Acoustic Guitar
The Lady Alma Choral Ensemble Background Vocals
Preston Branch Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sy Smith Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
YahZarah Composer
C. Durand Composer
Khrysis Engineer
Nicolay Executive Producer
Phonte Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements
Zo! Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
P. Coleman Composer
Grant Nichols Engineer
L. Ferguson Composer
Chris "Biscuit" Bynum Wood
Lorenzo Ferguson Executive Producer
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