Vivid

Vivid

by Michael Lington
     
 

Michael Lington's ironic inclusion of a Randy Crawford vocal version of Burt Bachrach's "Message to Michael" on the saxman's debut offers an open invitation for smooth jazz fans to tell him what we think. The message we send might begin positively: it's a tough crowd competing with Boney James, See more details below

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Michael Lington's ironic inclusion of a Randy Crawford vocal version of Burt Bachrach's "Message to Michael" on the saxman's debut offers an open invitation for smooth jazz fans to tell him what we think. The message we send might begin positively: it's a tough crowd competing with Boney James, Warren Hill and Dave Koz, so it's a great idea to enhance your intensely soaring, doubled sax melody on "Twice in a Lifetime" with the gently drifting flugelhorn of Tony Guerrero. It's also a sharp call to take a torchy harmony role behind Brad Cole's dark toned keyboard melody over the pitter-patter percussion on "P.J. (Pamela Jean)." Oh, and balancing more pedestrian funk jams like "Too Good to Be True" with the much more intoxicating Brazilian rhythms of "Por Do Sol (Sunset)" helps keep our interest. On that tune, Lington's edgy alto weaves in and out of jittery acoustic guitar lines in a perfect blend of pop balladry and exotica. It's kind of a mixed bag otherwise -- an easygoing but unremarkable take on the R&B classic "Love Won't Let Me Wait," a Kenny G-like soprano line finding a few sparkling moments between the verses of the pretty vocal ballad "Everlasting Love." Lington approaches the power balladry of Warren Hill on one of the best genre ballads in a long time, "Sarai." Overall, the message is that while Lington makes for a powerful, very likable, and sometimes imaginative new voice on the scene, he's not yet offering enough uniqueness to rise high amidst the veterans. Let's hope he takes the message to heart and develops the great potential that's already evident.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
Label:
SAMSON MUSIC
UPC:
0602582020522
catalogNumber:
205

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Lington   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Randy Crawford   Vocals
Tony Guerrero   Flugelhorn
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Pagano   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Brad Cole   Keyboards
Freddie Fox   Guitar
Allen Hinds   Guitar
Vail Johnson   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Bob Mann   Guitar,Soloist
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Thom Rotella   Acoustic Guitar
Leslie Smith   Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Paul Viapiano   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Bruce Atkinson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Christine Day   Background Vocals
Leslie Collman-Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Barri   Executive Producer
Gary Brandt   Engineer
Peter Bunetta   Arranger,Producer
Brad Cole   Arranger,Engineer,drum programming
Leon Johnson   Engineer
Ian William Keene   Engineer
Eric Greedy   Engineer
John Ugarté   Engineer
Mike Zainer   Engineer
Johnny Lee   Art Direction

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