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Where Have You Been?
     

Where Have You Been?

by Angel
 
On some occasions, ultra-busy people in the music industry -- perhaps A&R reps or publicists, perhaps journalists and critics -- will hear only one song on an album and assume they know everything there is to know about the artist. But first impressions can be deceiving; they certainly are in the case of Angel Rissoff's Where Have You Been? This 2005 release

Overview

On some occasions, ultra-busy people in the music industry -- perhaps A&R reps or publicists, perhaps journalists and critics -- will hear only one song on an album and assume they know everything there is to know about the artist. But first impressions can be deceiving; they certainly are in the case of Angel Rissoff's Where Have You Been? This 2005 release gets off to an exuberant start with the opener "Where You At?," a jump blues offering with a '40s/early-'50s-type approach. Listening to "Where You At?," it would be easy to categorize Rissoff as a jump blues shouter with a fondness for Louis Jordan. But "Where You At?" doesn't tell the whole story where Rissoff is concerned; actually, most of the disc is retro-soul in the '60s/'70s vein. Rissoff clearly longs for the days when singers like Eddie Floyd, Tyrone Davis, William Bell, and Al Green ruled the R&B charts, and that outlook serves him well on some covers (including Smokey Robinson's "I Want a Love I Can See") as well as original tunes like "Why Me?," "Break out the Tears," and the title track. Rissoff is white, but Where Have You Been? isn't as rock-influenced as recordings by Rare Earth, the Spencer Davis Group, and other blue-eyed soulsters who were popular in the '60s and early '70s; stylistically, this 2005 release is -- for the most part -- pretty similar to what African-American soulsters were doing 30, 35, and 40 years earlier. And Rissoff's race shouldn't be an issue because -- like Teena Marie, Lisa Stansfield, and the Average White Band -- he is clearly skillful at what he does. So how should Rissoff be categorized? Perhaps it's best to describe him as a '60s/'70s-style soul singer who makes occasional detours into jump blues, pre-'60s R&B, and urban blues-soul. However one categorizes him, Where Have You Been? is a promising, if derivative, outing from the talented singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
Label:
ANGEL MUSIC
UPC:
0663609684127
catalogNumber:
6841

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angel   Primary Artist
Larita Gaskins   Background Vocals
Sal Giorgianni   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Seth Glassman   Bass
Murray Weinstock   Organ,Piano
George Naha   Guitar
Mark Phaneuf   Trombone,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Gale   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Musical Direction
Mitch Margold   Piano,Trombone,Hammond Organ
Tim Quimette   Strings,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Angel Rissoff   Bass,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Baron Raymonde   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Andrea Rohlehr   Background Vocals
John "Ratso" Gerardi   Guitar
John Hagen   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Patterson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Huey "Piano" Smith   Composer
J. Oliver   Composer
Johnny Gale   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Mitch Margold   Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Tim Quimette   Horn Arrangements
Angel Rissoff   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Joe Boerst   Engineer
J.C. Evans   Composer
Paul Colin   Jacket Design

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