Free

Free

by Juanita DaileyJuanita Dailey

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Overview

Heavily influenced by such late-'70s/early-'80s R&B divas as Phyllis Hyman, Stephanie Mills, and Deniece Williams, young Juanita Dailey showed some potential on her sleek debut album, Free. The cast of players on this CD is exactly what one would have expected from an R&B session from 1979 or 1980 -- Norman Connors does much of the producing, and Dailey's backing includes such veterans as singers Jean Carn and Angela Bofill, Dexter Wansel (keyboards), and the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section. Although not outstanding, the results are enjoyable on covers of Deniece Williams' "Free," Maze's "Before I Let Go," the O'Jays' "Forever Mine," and Phyllis Hyman's "You Know How to Love Me." Dailey tends to overdo it with covers; she'd better off limiting herself to two covers per album and making original material a higher priority. But despite that shortcoming, this CD demonstrated that Dailey had a lot going for her. Her vocal range is impressive, and she's certainly capable of packing a punch emotionally. Not fantastic but definitely decent, Free indicated that R&B lovers would do well to follow Dailey's career closely and see how she would develop.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/1998
Label: Ichiban Old Emd
UPC: 0706302494621
catalogNumber: 24946

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juanita Dailey   Primary Artist
Angela Bofill   Track Performer
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Track Performer
Bobby Lyle   Piano,Track Performer
Marion Meadows   Soprano Saxophone,Track Performer
Norman Brown   Guitar
Jean Carn   Track Performer
Dexter Wansel   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Paul Jackson   Guitar
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass

Technical Credits

Angela Bofill   Contributor
Earth, Wind & Fire   Contributor
Jean Carn   Contributor
Dexter Wansel   Producer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Norman Connors   Producer
Harry McGilberry   Vocal Arrangements
James Poyser   Producer
Ron Tyson   Vocal Arrangements
Theo Peoples   Vocal Arrangements
Malou Rene   Composer
Ali-Ollie Woodson   Contributor

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