Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Following her double Grammy-nominated CD entitled Soulcall, vocalist Nnenna Freelon has delivered a stunning tribute to master musician Stevie Wonder with Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder. In addition to being the first vocal CD ever done as a tribute to the legendary Wonder, the recording boasts several guest musicians accompanying her core ensemble. Freelon interprets such well-known Wonder classics as "Overjoyed," "My Cherie Amour," and "Another Star" in a voice that is sensual and personable, yet appealing and expressive. This collection of well-chosen pop standards allows Freelon more freedom to express the jazzier side of her talent than the blues and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Following her double Grammy-nominated CD entitled Soulcall, vocalist Nnenna Freelon has delivered a stunning tribute to master musician Stevie Wonder with Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder. In addition to being the first vocal CD ever done as a tribute to the legendary Wonder, the recording boasts several guest musicians accompanying her core ensemble. Freelon interprets such well-known Wonder classics as "Overjoyed," "My Cherie Amour," and "Another Star" in a voice that is sensual and personable, yet appealing and expressive. This collection of well-chosen pop standards allows Freelon more freedom to express the jazzier side of her talent than the blues and R&B flavors she sang on Soulcall due to the compositional integrity of Stevie Wonder's songs. These particular songs allow for the improvisational aspects of jazz while balancing their pop essence. By adding the strong work of bassist Gerald Veasley and guitarist Chuck Loeb alongside her working ensemble, her special imprint of languorous tempo that shows off her great time and phrasing is even more appealing. Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder is sure to garner more support for Nnenna Freelon as a vocalist who can handle more than one side of the musical spectrum.
Billboard
Nothing beats the combination of a great singer with a great song...a definitive case in point is this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431210726
  • Catalog Number: 2107
  • Sales rank: 121,934

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overjoyed (4:48)
  2. 2 Creepin' (5:04)
  3. 3 Lately (5:46)
  4. 4 Superstition (5:31)
  5. 5 Tears of a Clown (5:32)
  6. 6 Black Orchid (5:00)
  7. 7 My Cherie Amour (3:51)
  8. 8 Bird of Beauty (4:39)
  9. 9 All in Love Is Fair (6:53)
  10. 10 Send One Your Love (5:05)
  11. 11 Another Star (3:47)
  12. 12 Until You Come Back to Me (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nnenna Freelon Primary Artist, Vocals
Gerald Veasley Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Chuck Loeb Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Gerry Niewood Flute, Alto Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Samuels Marimbas, Vibes
Andy Stein Violin
Ronnie Buttacavoli Trumpet
Woody Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Nnenna Freelon Arranger, Liner Notes
Marvin Sease Composer
Gerald Veasley Arranger
John Burk Executive Producer
Benny Diggs Arranger, Musical Director
Joseph Joubert Arranger
Chuck Loeb Arranger
Jay Newland Engineer
David Samuels Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
John Snyder Arranger, Producer
Cal Tjader Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Woody Williams Arranger
Robert Hadley Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a rhythm!

    For those who love a wonderful voice combined with a technically perfect band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE !!!!!

    I SAW THE REVIEW IN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND ALSO THE ONE BY AMG. THIS CD IS AWFUL. THERE IS NO PASSION OR FEELINGS IN ANY OF THE SONGS.I LOVE STEVIE'S MUSIC AND THIS CD IS ELEVATOR MUSIC AT IT'S WORSE.

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