by Michael Lington


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With his sleek look, hip, edgy "now" attitude, and charm and charisma to burn, Michael Lington has helped define the 2000s contemporary urban jazz experience. Fresh off the success of A Song for You, his critically acclaimed 2006 collection of '70s pop covers featuring lush arrangements and a full orchestra, the Copenhagen native -- who became an official citizen of the U.S. on March 21, 2008, 18 years after emigrating from Denmark -- gets back to his sensual funk roots, turning up the Heat big time on his highly anticipated Nu Groove debut. Beyond his trademark mix of cool and explosive instrumentals, the Copenhagen native is crossing over into the mainstream pop/adult contemporary realm with two key vocal collaborations: "That's When You Save Me," an original track penned by hot young songwriter Claude Kelly (Leona Lewis) that the saxman performs with soul legend Aaron Neville, and a rock-edged twist on Gerry Rafferty's classic "Baker Street" with former American Idol finalist (and Grammy nominated songwriter) Ace Young. Lington co-produced seven of the tracks with legendary session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, and three other cuts are helmed by Keith Olsen, who's vibed with everyone from Pat Benatar and Whitesnake to Fleetwood Mac. Lington wrote the high energy "Shout About Ya" with the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated team of Allan Rich and Jud Friedman, and penned three songs with hitmakers Michael and Danny Sembello: the uptempo and summery (think: fun in the sun in South Beach) "Ocean Drive," the beautiful ballad "Nostalgia," and the breezy, Brazilian flavored "Chuva," which means "rain" in Portuguese. Interesting aside: Michael Sembello travels to Brazil all the time and is good friends with the grandson of legendary composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. The composition of "Chuva" began on the vintage piano where the elder Jobim composed his classic "The Girl from Ipanema." "Chuva" features an authentic Rio touch by popular guitarist Torcuato Mariano, who was born in Buenos Aires but raised in Brazil. Lington also gives exposure to two up and coming female vocalists, U.K. born Keely Hawkes (whose voice graces "Shout About Ya") and Nashville based Janey Clewer. Lington echoed the dead-on sentiment about the cool, fresh, and freewheeling approach to his new recording (easily one of the best genre albums of 2008) when he said, "I feel like I've let loose like never before, almost as if I was onstage doing a show when I was recording in the studio." It's a definite upswing after his low-key trip down memory lane on A Song for You.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2008
Label: Nu Groove Records
UPC: 0893422002161
catalogNumber: 2016
Rank: 97111

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Performance Credits

Michael Lington   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Aaron Neville   Vocals
Michael Sembello   Keyboards
Janey Clewer   Vocals
Brian Culbertson   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
Jud Friedman   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Torcuato Mariano   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tollak Ollestad   Harmonica
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Danny Sembello   Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Randy Waldman   Keyboards
Cameron Stone   Cello
Stephen Lu   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer
Matthew Hager   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Ace Young   Vocals

Technical Credits

Kevin Raleigh   Executive Producer,Management
Michael Sembello   Composer
David Chackler   Executive Producer
Jud Friedman   Composer,Programming,Producer
Pete Ganbarg   Executive Producer
Clarence McDonald   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Greg Phillinganes   Programming,Producer
Danny Sembello   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
Michael Lington   Composer,Producer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Stephen Lu   Composer,Programming,Producer
Asburn Bernie Miller   Engineer
Matthew Hager   Composer,Programming,Producer
Shawn Hall   Engineer
Todd Herzog   Composer
Tracy Moyer   grooming
Claude Kelly   Composer

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