Twist of Motown

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
There's a scene in Oliver Stone's 1986 film Platoon that speaks volumes about the importance of Motown Records to the baby boomer generation. In that scene from Platoon -- which takes place in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War -- several American soldiers are singing the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears" in an effort to provide some temporary relief from the horror that surrounds them. During that scene, the song is about much more than a great melody -- it's about camaraderie, solace, and comfort. Like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Stax, Motown was -- to use Berry Gordy's phrase -- "the sound of young America." While the baby boomers ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
There's a scene in Oliver Stone's 1986 film Platoon that speaks volumes about the importance of Motown Records to the baby boomer generation. In that scene from Platoon -- which takes place in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War -- several American soldiers are singing the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears" in an effort to provide some temporary relief from the horror that surrounds them. During that scene, the song is about much more than a great melody -- it's about camaraderie, solace, and comfort. Like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Stax, Motown was -- to use Berry Gordy's phrase -- "the sound of young America." While the baby boomers aren't so young anymore, the Motown songbook holds up nicely after all these years -- a fact that is illustrated by A Twist of Motown. This 2003 project finds guitarist Lee Ritenour producing a jazz-friendly tribute to Motown and overseeing an all-star cast that includes George Benson, Gerald Albright, Dave Grusin, Chris Botti, and Bob James, among others. The instrumentals which range from "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" tend to draw on both soul-jazz and crossover jazz/NAC, while the vocal performances -- including Brenda Russell on "The Tracks of My Tears" and Will Downing on "Just My Imagination" -- are aimed at urban or quiet storm listeners. From a jazz standpoint, A Twist of Motown isn't as adventurous or risk-taking as it could have been; if you want to hear some truly daring interpretations of Motown gems, check out Joe Farrell's version of Wonder's "Too High" or Grover Washington, Jr.'s arrangement of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues." Nonetheless, the performances -- both instrumental and vocal -- are generally likable and satisfying, and when all is said and done, Ritenour has affirmed how durable the Motown songbook continues to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 044007603123
  • Catalog Number: 000011502
  • Sales rank: 67,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Lee Ritenour (5:46)
  2. 2 Papa Was a Rolling Stone (6:15)
  3. 3 Never Can Say Goodbye - Lee Ritenour (4:52)
  4. 4 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (4:35)
  5. 5 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Lee Ritenour (5:21)
  6. 6 The Tracks of My Tears - Brenda Russell (4:54)
  7. 7 You Haven't Done Nothin' - Richard Elliot (4:36)
  8. 8 Creepin' - Bob James (5:08)
  9. 9 Medley: War/What's Going On? (6:06)
  10. 10 All This Love - Lee Ritenour (4:51)
  11. 11 Got to Be There - Peter White (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Downing Vocals
Brenda Russell Vocals
Gerald Albright Flute, Tenor Saxophone
George Benson Guitar
Richard Elliot Tenor Saxophone
Bob James Synthesizer, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Peter White Guitar
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet
Dave Grusin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Melvin Davis Bass, Musician
Nathan East Bass, Musician
Russell Ferrante Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Musician
Dan Higgins Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Musician
Ricky Lawson Drums, Musician
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Ray Parker Jr. Rhythm Guitar, Musician
The Perri Sisters Musician
Darlene Perry Background Vocals
Sharon Perry Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Musician
Lee Ritenour Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Strings, Keyboards, Sampling, Wurlitzer
Steve Tavaglione EWI, Musician
Mindi Abair Soprano Saxophone
Peter "Fifi" White Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Sampling
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Will Downing Vocal Arrangements
Marvin Gaye Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Brenda Russell Vocal Arrangements
Barrett Strong Composer
Lisa Fischer Vocal Arrangements
Renaldo Benson Composer
Dave Grusin Arranger
El DeBarge Composer
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Lee Ritenour Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Sound Design
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Elliot Willensky Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Dr. Chuck Berg Liner Notes
Bobby Hata Mastering
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Rebecca Meek Illustrations
Michael Fagien Executive Producer
James Nyx Jr. Composer
EMI Ferguson Engineer
Peter "Fifi" White Arranger
Jochem van der Saag Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Sound Design
Warren Moore Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT WALKING MUSIC!

    I participated in "Relay for Life" and played this cd as I walked for 4 hours and the songs were perfect! Not too fast, not too slow, great pace music!

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