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Zone
     

Zone

by Chris Walker
 
Over 20 years, Chris Walker has occasionally put down his bass, which he plays in jazz groups, and taken up a microphone to record R&B albums; Zone is his fourth such effort and his first in six years. A good indication of his intentions is provided by his inclusion of "If Only for One Night," the Brenda Russell

Overview

Over 20 years, Chris Walker has occasionally put down his bass, which he plays in jazz groups, and taken up a microphone to record R&B albums; Zone is his fourth such effort and his first in six years. A good indication of his intentions is provided by his inclusion of "If Only for One Night," the Brenda Russell composition that became a signature song for Luther Vandross. It was also recorded by the duo of Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson, and Walker clearly wants to be a successor to singers like Vandross and Bryson, a silky, soulful tenor murmuring and squealing romantic words to an unseen paramour. Such a musical loverman serves as the ideal version of everywoman's boyfriend or husband, saying to her the things the real men never do. "Let me cater to you," Walker oozes early on in "Everyday Woman," "I just wanna give you love, baby, just because you're special." When the singer has the lover he desires, all is well, but somehow the path of love sometimes isn't straight, and when things aren't going well, Walker is suitably agonized in songs like "Off My Mind (Free My Mind)" and "Wish We Never Met." Soon enough, however, things are all right again and he's back to declaring "I Got That Love" and "I Want You." Walker updates the '80s sound of Vandross and Bryson for the hip-hop era, employing familiar contemporary R&B elements such as a slow, pronounced drumbeat, an acoustic guitar, and busy background vocal parts. So, this isn't a throwback; it's a present-day reinvention of romantic soul music that will make female listeners hope Walker never goes back to his bass.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Pendulum Records
UPC:
0733606000623
catalogNumber:
300208564
Rank:
111611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Walker   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Black   Bass
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Ross Bolton   Guitar
John Stoddart   Keyboards
Mark Simmons   Drums
Andre James   Background Vocals
Rick Marcel   Guitar
Elizabeth Vaughn   Background Vocals
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet
Joey Oscar   Drums
Orlando Dixon   Background Vocals
Shawn M. George   Background Vocals
Terence Vaughn   Piano,Keyboards
Tekai Hicks   Background Vocals
Jonathan Dubose   Guitar
Jamien Arvie   Background Vocals
Ralph Pollard   Background Vocals
Ernest Walker   Drums

Technical Credits

Brenda Russell   Composer
Chris Walker   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
John Stoddart   String Arrangements
Ruben Rodriquez   Executive Producer
Cory Washington   Vocal Engineer
Jon Jon   Producer
Haniel Trisna   Engineer
Orlando Dixon   Composer
Shawn M. George   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
John Webb   Programming,Instrumentation
John Stoddard   String Arrangements
Terence Vaughn   Arranger,Producer
Marcia Nurse   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Ruben Rodriguez   Composer
Ray Davis   Executive Producer
Ralph Pollard   Composer

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