Three Wishes

Three Wishes

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by Miki Howard
     
 

When the 21st century arrived, Miki Howard wasn't as big or as visible as she had been in the '80s and early '90s. But the former Side Effect vocalist still had her hardcore followers, and those are the people she obviously had in mind when she recorded Three Wishes for the L.A.-based, Concord-distributed Peak label. Recorded inSee more details below

Overview

When the 21st century arrived, Miki Howard wasn't as big or as visible as she had been in the '80s and early '90s. But the former Side Effect vocalist still had her hardcore followers, and those are the people she obviously had in mind when she recorded Three Wishes for the L.A.-based, Concord-distributed Peak label. Recorded in 2000 and released in 2001, this pleasant, if unremarkable, CD isn't a radical departure from Howard's earlier solo efforts. Instead of trying to make herself relevant to the hip-hop-minded R&B scene of the early '00s, Howard sticks to her guns and emphasizes adult-oriented quiet storm music. There are no duets with R. Kelly or Pink, no collaborations with Destiny's Child -- Howard knows that her audience is the Anita Baker/Luther Vandross/Regina Belle crowd, and she wisely caters to that audience. So she deserves credit for being true to herself even though most of the material she has to work with on this album isn't mind-blowing -- likable, yes, but not mind-blowing. As it turns out, the album's best track is jazz instead of R&B/pop; "Kiss of a Stranger," a moody, haunting jazz-noir offering that employs Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip and former Weather Report drummer Alphonse Mouzon, is the only thing on Three Wishes that is excellent instead of merely decent. Three Wishes won't go down in history as one of Howard's more essential releases, although her hardcore fans will probably want to hear it anyway.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
Label:
Peak Records
UPC:
0013431850229
catalogNumber:
8502
Rank:
251121

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miki Howard   Primary Artist
Phil Davis   Strings,Keyboards
Gary Brown   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
David Barry   Guitar
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Julie Delgado   Background Vocals
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Sonny Emory   Drums
LeMel Humes   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Sam Sims   Bass
Darrell Smith   Keyboards
Tommy Verdonck   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Vaughn   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Russ Freeman   Executive Producer
Gary Brown   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Ray Bardani   Engineer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
LeMel Humes   Producer
Richard McIntosh   Engineer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Mark Partis   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Sam Sims   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Darrell Smith   Producer,drum programming
Michelle Wilson   Contributor
Greg Mull   Engineer
David Koenig   Engineer
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
DaMone Arnold Antoine   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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