Harbor Lights

Harbor Lights

by Bruce Hornsby

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Harbor Lights

Leaving behind the Range, Bruce Hornsby trades heartland rock for a cooler, jazzier sound with Harbor Lights, an album that nonetheless retains his affinity for sincere portraits of American life, love, and heartache. The title track is a humid, celebratory song that evokes a romantic summer evening in the South, setting the stage for a collection of humanistic songs. If the album has an underlying theme, it's the necessity of seeing yourself and the ones you love through the hard times as well as the good. The purely upbeat songs, like "Rainbow's Cadillac" and "What a Night," are counterbalanced by the sober "Fields of Gray" and "Tide Will Rise," and the cultural commentary of "Talk of the Town." The music is uniformly excellent, with Hornsby's piano work blending seamlessly into the rich arrangements. Each song usually ends with an extended instrumental section, but these flow naturally instead of feeling like tacked-on jam sessions. And Hornsby isn't just showing off here, as he lets other voices, like Branford Marsalis' sax and Pat Metheny's guitar, get their say. In later albums, Hornsby's focus on music would tend to overtake his lyrical content, but Harbor Lights marks the point at which he found the right balance between virtuosic playing and personal storytelling.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972679129
catalogNumber: 726791

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Phil Collins   Bongos,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Williams   Background Vocals
Omar Hakim   Percussion,Drums
Pat Metheny   Guitar,Sitar
Jeff Lorber   Drums,Loops
John D'earth   Horn
Glenn Wilson   Horn
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Beverly K. Baker   Viola
Tony Berg   Guitar
John Bigham   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
William Conita   Cello
Lamont Coward   Percussion
Laura Cramer-Dunville   Background Vocals
George A. Gailes   Horn,Background Vocals
Debra Henry   Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Branford Marsalis   Horn,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
John McLaughlin Williams   Violin
John Molo   Drums
Roy Muth   Horn,Background Vocals
Laura Roelofs Park   Violin,Balloon
Alex Paterson   French Horn
Wayne Pooley   Guitar
Laura Satterfield   Background Vocals
Tim Streagle   Background Vocals
Pauline Wilson   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
George Harple   French Horn
Philip Koslow   French Horn
Tim Struggle   Horn
Adam Lesnick   French Horn
Alan B. Paterson   French Horn
Will Ross   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Producer,Liner Notes
Jeff Lorber   Programming
Tom Lord-Alge   Remixing
Dave Duncan   Contributor,MIDI
Ron Fair   Producer
Debra Henry   Contributor
Wayne Pooley   Engineer
Steven Strassman   Engineer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Will Grosz   Composer
Eddie King   Engineer
Steve Strassman   Engineer

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