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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Take note! If there's one lively Latin-flavored guitar jazz disc by an all-star center fielder you must listen to this year, make it this one. Don't do it however, just for the novelty of a .300 career-hitting New York Yankee legend making music for a hometown-based label, but because his hobby comes loaded with great melodic ideas and some buoyant, snappy playing. No doubt many critics will see this as a sports celebrity vanity project, and much will be made of all the top musicians who jumped into the fray Béla Fleck, David Sancious, T-Bone Wolk, Luis Conte, but Williams truly holds his own. The opening track, "La Salsa en Mi," is feisty Latin jamming with an ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Take note! If there's one lively Latin-flavored guitar jazz disc by an all-star center fielder you must listen to this year, make it this one. Don't do it however, just for the novelty of a .300 career-hitting New York Yankee legend making music for a hometown-based label, but because his hobby comes loaded with great melodic ideas and some buoyant, snappy playing. No doubt many critics will see this as a sports celebrity vanity project, and much will be made of all the top musicians who jumped into the fray Béla Fleck, David Sancious, T-Bone Wolk, Luis Conte, but Williams truly holds his own. The opening track, "La Salsa en Mi," is feisty Latin jamming with an instantly catchy melody, and sets a lofty standard that some of the mellower tracks simply can't match. High-spirited exotic sessions like that and the percussion-intense "Desvelado" run rings around more conventional but still engaging light funk-jazz tracks like "The Way" and the lush ballad "Just Because," whose contribution by labelmate pianist David Benoit is surprisingly subtle. Those who like simple fingerstyling may most enjoy the interlude "Samba Novo," while pop fans may best enjoy the mainstream readings of "Dust in the Wind" and Billy Joel's plaintive "And So It Goes." The best evidence that Williams can funk out as well as he can do salsa remember, he's a native Puerto Rican is the turbocharged fusion jam "Stranded on the Bridge." In contemporary jazz circles, Wayman Tisdale has made a successful move from basketball to bass. When Bernie Williams retires, more discs like this will ensure that he's more than a one-shot deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498603864
  • Catalog Number: 000072502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Salsa en Mi (4:37)
  2. 2 The Way (5:14)
  3. 3 Para Don Berna (3:23)
  4. 4 Desvelado (5:30)
  5. 5 Just Because (6:16)
  6. 6 Samba Novo (1:46)
  7. 7 Dust in the Wind (3:28)
  8. 8 Stranded on the Bridge (4:43)
  9. 9 Bernie Jr. (6:13)
  10. 10 Enter the Bond (5:03)
  11. 11 And So It Goes (3:46)
  12. 12 Just Because (3:49)
  13. 13 The Williams Kids (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernie Williams Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Rubén Blades Background Vocals
Larry Williams fender rhodes
David Sancious Keyboards
Gilberto Santa Rosa Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
David Benoit Piano
Luis Conte Percussion
Béla Fleck Banjo
Jerry Hey Flugelhorn
Shawn Pelton Drums
Tim Pierce Rhythm Guitar
Mark Riviera Saxophone
David Spinozza Rhythm Guitar
John Thomas Piano, Strings
Leland Sklar Bass
Hank Williams Cello
T-Bone Wolk Bass
Mike Alvarez Guitar
John Thomas Keyboards
B.J. Lequerica Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Joel Composer
Paul McCartney Liner Notes
Kerry Livgren Composer
Paul Brown Remixing
John DeNicola Composer
Bud Harner Remixing
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Talley Sherwood Engineer
Patti Maloney Composer
Loren Harriet Producer
Danny Bernini Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Jorge Alvarez Back Cover
Mike Alvarez Engineer
Bernie Williams Composer, Liner Notes
LeRoy Neiman Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Williams is just as good off the field as on

    So I admit it. I went out and bought this album at first simply because I wanted to support my favorite MLB player. I have been a fan of Bernie Williams for years and now am a fan of his music as well. What a feeling you will get when this CD is playing. The feeling of being somewhere warm and tropical, not to mention the feeling of culture. This album is truly a homerun and is a "must have" for anyone who enjoys classical guitar (or the New York Yankees)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mucho Enjoyable

    Bernie Williams as created something enjoyable. It is likely as enjoyable for him to play as it is for us to listen. The fact that his playing is not ultra-polished adds to the charm of the tracks -- they are not over-produced, thinly-velied attempts to hide the "realism" of a skilled, but non-professional, guitar session, but rather a solid, successful effort to nestle William's charming style, unaltered, admist a high-quality musical backdrop. Where one might expect a high degree of "sameness" in Williams' pieces, there is suprising diversity, even bursts of creative excellence. Bernie's guitar licks are a lot like his coverage of center field at Yankee Stadium - graceful, gazelle-like -- surefooted and determined -- with occasional explosions of greatness. A fresh, enjoyable treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the Real Deal !!

    I recently purchased "The Journey Within" by Bernie Williams. Preprare yourself for some cool music here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who would have thought?

    I saw Bernie Williams on 60 Minutes and was blown away with his music. The CD is great! I really like the fact that this is his "hobby".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "What a play!"

    Bowled over by really great melodies and technique, surrounded by excellent vocal and instrumental ensemble. This one's a real catch! Look out George, you've got a star out there in center field!

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