Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Listeners familiar with keyboardist/vocalist Amp Fiddler before his pair of 2002/2003 12" releases likely knew him through his associations with Detroit house figure Moodymann and, to a greater extent, his run-ins with George Clinton and Prince. In 1990, he also recorded an album with his brother Bubz, released under the name Mr. Fiddler; this project came and went without much notice, mostly because it failed to fit in with much of anything else at the time. Come 2003, however, you couldn't be a house head or read a dance-music-for-grown-folks magazine without hearing him or reading about him. In addition to the singles, Fiddler was the star of the phenomenal Moodymann ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Listeners familiar with keyboardist/vocalist Amp Fiddler before his pair of 2002/2003 12" releases likely knew him through his associations with Detroit house figure Moodymann and, to a greater extent, his run-ins with George Clinton and Prince. In 1990, he also recorded an album with his brother Bubz, released under the name Mr. Fiddler; this project came and went without much notice, mostly because it failed to fit in with much of anything else at the time. Come 2003, however, you couldn't be a house head or read a dance-music-for-grown-folks magazine without hearing him or reading about him. In addition to the singles, Fiddler was the star of the phenomenal Moodymann production "I'm Doing Fine," credited to Amp Dog Knight, as well as Only Child's upbeat disco-house track "U Bring Me Vibes." He also played a role in the Carl Craig-helmed Detroit Experiment, providing keys work and doing the vocal duties on a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Too High." After a couple decades spent floating around, Fiddler finally came up with his first solo album. Most of the cuts from those singles reappear here in slightly different forms, while the remainder is all new. Just like the Mr. Fiddler album, Waltz of a Ghetto Fly is something of an anomaly, mixing up the occasional 4/4 house track with funky R&B that's reminiscent of There's a Riot Goin' On-era Sly Stone this goes beyond the references to "You Caught Me Smilin'" in "You Played Me" and Fiddler's past connections. Since the house tracks also draw heavily upon '70s funk, the album is more cohesive than you'd expect. Throughout, Fiddler maintains a steady, assured, laid-back flow. Even at his most aggressive -- as on the protest song "Love and War" with backing courtesy of Moodymann and the sweaty "Superficial" -- it goes down smoothly and richly, as suitable for background listening as it is a get-together. Hearing Fiddler's voice -- alternating between a butter-smooth croon and a deep-throated yowl -- and sensitive keyboard wriggles throughout the course of an entire album is a pure joy.
Vibe - Andrew Simon
A Sly Stone for the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2014
  • Label: Pias America
  • UPC: 805551012928
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 106,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:10)
  2. 2 I Believe in You (3:44)
  3. 3 Dreamin' (4:04)
  4. 4 Superficial (5:21)
  5. 5 Possibilities (3:58)
  6. 6 Soul Divine (3:23)
  7. 7 You Play Me (4:53)
  8. 8 Eye to Eye (3:55)
  9. 9 Love and War (4:38)
  10. 10 If You Can't Get Me Off Your Mind (4:31)
  11. 11 Unconditional Eyes (4:42)
  12. 12 This Is How (4:34)
  13. 13 Waltz of a Ghetto Fly (10:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amp Fiddler Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lorenzo Brown Bongos
George Clinton Guest Appearance
Bubz Fiddler Bass, Bass Guitar
Raphael Saadiq Keyboards
Ron Wright Drums
Courtney Jackson Background Vocals
John Arnold Guitar
Efe Best Percussion
Kimberly Chatman Background Vocals
Donan Fiddler Trumpet
Shane Fiddler Background Vocals
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler Bass
Technical Credits
Rick Essig Mastering
Bubz Fiddler Producer, drum programming
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer
John Davis Mastering
Amp Fiddler Producer, Engineer, Contributor, drum machine, drum programming
Overton Lloyd Composer
Ron Wright Producer, Engineer
Courtney Jackson Composer
James "Jay Dee" Yancey Composer
Shawn T. Davis Composer
J.A. Fiddler Producer
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler Composer
Kimberly Chatman Composer
Laxidaisical Producer
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feel The Funk !!

    I really like this album-would have given 5 stars,but some of the words were a bit hard to decipher-still a great album-funky,sexy,danceable,makes you just want to jam.reminds me of sly Stone--feel good music-could have omitted "word play" on last cut.

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