Urban Knights

Urban Knights

by Urban Knights
     
 
When Maurice White produced the Urban Knights' self-titled debut album in 1994, some people were surprised to see Earth, Wind & Fire's leader/founder producing an album of mostly instrumental jazz-funk and pop-jazz. But for those who knew something about White's pre-EWF history, it wasn't all that

Overview

When Maurice White produced the Urban Knights' self-titled debut album in 1994, some people were surprised to see Earth, Wind & Fire's leader/founder producing an album of mostly instrumental jazz-funk and pop-jazz. But for those who knew something about White's pre-EWF history, it wasn't all that surprising -- White had a jazz background, and he played drums in the Ramsey Lewis Trio before forming EWF's original pre-Philip Bailey lineup in 1970. Lewis, in fact, is among the participants on this CD by the Urban Knights, whose first lineup consists of Lewis on piano, Grover Washington, Jr. on tenor and soprano sax, Victor Bailey on electric bass, and Omar Hakim on drums. With such an all-star lineup, this album should have been exceptional -- it isn't, although Urban Knights offers a generally pleasant, if inconsistent and unremarkable, mixture of jazz, R&B, and pop. There are moments of interest; the CD's more noteworthy tracks include Lewis' Brazilian-influenced "Urban Samba," Hakim's dreamy "Hearts of Longing," and White's funky "On the Radio." But when Earth, Wind & Fire's leader/founder is the producer and musicians like Lewis and Washington are on board, you expect an album that is more than just pleasant -- you expect a masterpiece. And while Urban Knights isn't bad, it doesn't live up to its enormous potential.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105981521
catalogNumber:
9815

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Urban Knights   Primary Artist
Emotions   Vocals
Victor Bailey   Bass,Electric Bass
Omar Hakim   Drums,Vocals
Bill Meyers   Synthesizer
Ramsey Lewis   Piano
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jeanette Hawes   Vocals
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Sheila Hutchinson   Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Michael Logan   Synthesizer,Vocals
Wanda Vaughn   Vocals
Grover Washington   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Victor Bailey   Contributor
Omar Hakim   Contributor
Henry Johnson   Contributor
Bill Meyers   Arranger
Ramsey Lewis   Contributor
Paul Arnold   Producer
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer
Paul Klingberg   Engineer
Jimi Randolph   Producer
Wayne Vaughn   Composer
Grover Washington   Contributor
David Nathan   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction,Illustrations

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