A Couple Friends

A Couple Friends

by Kindred the Family Soul

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Overview

A Couple Friends

Almost three years passed between the release of Love Has No Recession and this, the fifth album from Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler. The songwriting and singing couple, joined by longtime colleagues like Vidal Davis, Andre Harris, Steve McKie, James Poyser, Adam Blackstone, and Anthony Bell, nonetheless stick to their tried-and-true approach. Yet another strong set of traditional-minded R&B relatable to adults, it's significantly different from the overloaded Love Has No Recession due to its near absence of guest vocal appearances. Graydon and Dantzler demonstrate that they have no trouble carrying an album on their own and have no shortage of strong material beaming with positivity, even when they're referencing hardships. Several songs are among the duo's best work, including the disco-soul throwback "Never Loved You More," seemingly a Gamble-Huff tribute, and equally romantic and reflective numbers like "Call Me Crazy," "Look at What We Made," and "Drop the Bomb" -- the last of which is a breezy and kicked-back original, not a Trouble Funk cover. Valerie Simpson drops in to play prominent piano on the title song, and there's one instance where the duo cede control of the vocal booth, though it's more like delegation. On "Momma Said Clean Up," the Dantzler children and Vidal Davis' son, all as amped as Crime Mob, get in on the action: "We go hard on these dishes like my momma told me to!"

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351582126
catalogNumber: 5821
Rank: 108073

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kindred the Family Soul   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Poyser   Keyboards
Valerie Simpson   Piano,Soloist
Aaron Draper   Percussion
Jamar Jones   Piano,Strings,Harp,fender rhodes
Vidal Davis   Bass,Strings,Harp,fender rhodes
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Adam Blackstone   Bass
Steve McKie   Drums
Chris Stevens   Trumpet
Anthony Decarlo   Guitar
Dwayne Moore   Bass
Yameen Allworld   Spoken Word
C.J. Branch   Keyboards
Peter Plaxa   Guitar
Jairus Mozee   Bass,Guitar
Ebony Joi   Background Vocals
Corin Bernhard   Keyboards
Andre Pinkney   Bass

Technical Credits

Valerie Ghent   overdub engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
James Poyser   Composer,Producer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Producer
Fatin Dantzler   Composer
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Jamar Jones   Composer,String Arrangements
Vidal Davis   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Aja Graydon   Composer
Chad Hamilton   Composer
DJ Aktive   Cut
Lil   Producer
Steve McKie   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Wendall Sewell   Composer
Thomas Hooper   Graphic Design
Joe Gallagher   Engineer
Chad West   Composer,Producer
Robert Thom   Composer
Jairus Mozee   Composer
Eric Moody   Composer
Diya Dantzler   Composer
Aquil Dantzler   Composer
Alphonse Faggioli   Engineer
Nina Dantzler   Composer
Robert Bizz Thomas   Producer,Instrumentation
Stacey L. Powell   Copy Editing

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