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Come to My Garden [Varese]
     

Come to My Garden [Varese]

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by Minnie Riperton
 

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Minnie Riperton's solo debut is in many respects her finest hour -- devoid of the overly syrupy production that hampers her later work, Come to My Garden instead couches her miraculous voice in the elegant arrangements of the great Charles Stepney, striking a perfect balance between romantic melodrama and sensual nuance. Call Stepney

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Minnie Riperton's solo debut is in many respects her finest hour -- devoid of the overly syrupy production that hampers her later work, Come to My Garden instead couches her miraculous voice in the elegant arrangements of the great Charles Stepney, striking a perfect balance between romantic melodrama and sensual nuance. Call Stepney's singular approach "chamber soul" -- the nimble melodies and insistent grooves swell with orchestral flourishes, while the jazz-inspired rhythms (courtesy of Ramsey Lewis' group) at times evoke Van Morrison's masterpiece Astral Weeks. Stepney creates the ideal backdrop for Riperton's soaring vocals, which reveal a subtlety and restraint absent from the glass-shattering bombast of her subsequent performances -- the opening "Les Fleurs" (covered decades later by 4Hero) crystallizes the entire record, embracing both intimacy and majesty to haunting effect.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206631128
catalogNumber:
066311
Rank:
49069

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Performance Credits

Minnie Riperton   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Maurice White   Rhythm
Cleveland Eaton   Rhythm
Ramsey Lewis   Rhythm
Elsa Harris   Background Vocals
Kitti Hayward   Background Vocals
Charles Stepney   Conductor

Technical Credits

Terence Blanchard   Composer
Stu Black   Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield   Reissue Producer
Gary Starr   Engineer
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Dick Fowler   Original Design Concept
Tom Ornshaw   Artwork
Gary Star   Engineer

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