Urban Knights II

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's ironic that on Ramsey Lewis' Urban Knights II GRP, the one holdover from the first Knights project is only featured half the time. Needless to say, that's the more riveting, jazzier half of this Maurice White-produced exercise in easy funk and potent, machine generated urban grooves. Lewis' slowly simmering, coolly rhythmic piano jaunts add flair to middle of the road silky pieces like "The Promise," but are best enjoyed on the two playful solo interludes which create an organic contrast to the slicker fare they complement. The pianist also adds an avant-garde edge to the heavily soundscaped "Brazilian Rain." Aside from Lewis, this all-star affair features some ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's ironic that on Ramsey Lewis' Urban Knights II GRP, the one holdover from the first Knights project is only featured half the time. Needless to say, that's the more riveting, jazzier half of this Maurice White-produced exercise in easy funk and potent, machine generated urban grooves. Lewis' slowly simmering, coolly rhythmic piano jaunts add flair to middle of the road silky pieces like "The Promise," but are best enjoyed on the two playful solo interludes which create an organic contrast to the slicker fare they complement. The pianist also adds an avant-garde edge to the heavily soundscaped "Brazilian Rain." Aside from Lewis, this all-star affair features some spirited gospel keyboard and vocal flavors surrounding Najee's soprano sax and flute, as well as a "South African Jam" celebration hosted by Jonathan Butler's happy vocals and guitar. While a positive effort overall, for the inevitable Urban Knights III, White would benefit from ditching the machinery and letting his stars jam more spontaneously.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1997
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105986144
  • Catalog Number: 9861

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Scirroco (4:03)
  2. 2 Get Up (3:47)
  3. 3 Come Dance with Me (4:01)
  4. 4 South African Jam (4:51)
  5. 5 Brazilian Rain (4:19)
  6. 6 Interlude #1 (0:35)
  7. 7 Summer Nights (5:32)
  8. 8 Tell Me Why (4:19)
  9. 9 Urban Paradise (4:23)
  10. 10 Drama (3:47)
  11. 11 Step by Step (4:01)
  12. 12 The Promise (4:10)
  13. 13 Interlude #2 (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Urban Knights Primary Artist
Maurice White Background Vocals
Gerald Albright Soprano Saxophone
Jonathan Butler Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Meyers Synthesizer, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Najee Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ramsey Lewis Piano, Electric Piano
Tony Carpenter Percussion
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Theresa Davis Background Vocals
Sonny Emory Drums
Frayne Lewis Keyboards
Valerie Mayo Background Vocals
Morris Pleasure Bass
Jimi Randolph Synthesizer
Sheldon Reynolds Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Verdine White Bass
Chuck Webb Bass
Mike Logan Keyboards
Kevin Randolph Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Karen Boyd Background Vocals
Urban Nights II Track Performer
Technical Credits
Maurice White Arranger, Producer
Bill Meyers Producer, String Arrangements
Jerry Jordan Engineer
Carl Griffin Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kevin Guillaume Vocal Arrangements
Steve Hall Mastering
Ralph Hawkins Jr. Vocal Arrangements
Paul Klingberg Engineer, Digital Editing, Sound Design
Frayne Lewis Producer
Jimi Randolph Programming, drum programming
Verdine White Producer
Mycle Konopka Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Lambert Anthony drum programming
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