Last Alaska Moon

Last Alaska Moon

by Livingston Taylor

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Overview

Last Alaska Moon

Livingston Taylor is now working at lightning speed. It's only been four years since There You Are Again was issued. Before that, it had been more than a decade. Taylor's not exactly worried about working the circuit. Besides being a professor at the Berklee College of Music, he tours on occasion, playing prestigious festivals and folk clubs. He also commands the respect of some of the finest musicians in America (if not on the planet), and has no trouble getting them into the studio when he decides to record. Recorded in Franklin, TN, Last Alaska Moon is a case in point. To mention a few of the expert players who grace this album, some of his compatriots here include bassist Leland Sklar; drummer Steve Gadd; guitarists Vince Gill, Chris Rodriguez, and J.T. Corenflos; keyboard ace Shane Keister, and the backing vocals of Andrea Zonn. Produced by Glenn Rosenstein, the set includes ten originals, "Answer My Prayer" with Carole Bayer Sager, and an utterly reinvented version of Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine" in duet with nephew Ben Taylor. The title track reflects his polished folk stylings just as "Everybody Is Just Like Me" walks the jazz side of adult pop and could have been recorded by Michael Franks with its breezy swing and slippery vocal tags. Elsewhere, "Henry" and "I'm in a Pickle" walk the bluegrass side of the fence -- the latter with John G. McLane's steel pan drums accompanying Aubrey Hanie's fiddle and Dan Dugmore's Dobro. Zonn's vocal contributions to these tracks -- she is on the vast majority of them -- cannot be understated; she is equally adept at singing jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, folk...whatever is put in front of her. Zonn adds depth, warmth, and dimension to Taylor's trademark tenor, which still uncannily echoes his older brother James. Taylor's skill at writing classic American standard pop is on display here in "Answer My Prayer," with his voice finding a phrasing that is his own yet evocative of an earlier era in American song. Fans of Taylor will no doubt deeply enjoy this carefully crafted and artistically wrought collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
Label: Chesky Records
UPC: 0090368035028
catalogNumber: 350
Rank: 81001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Livingston Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Vocals
Larry Carlton   Electric Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Barry Bales   Upright Bass
Ron Block   Banjo
John Catchings   Cello,Soloist
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Shane Keister   Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Dan Dugmore   Dobro
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar
John Mark Painter   Flugelhorn,Horn
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Andrea Zonn   Background Vocals
Gary Corbett   Hammond B3
Leland Sklar   Bass
Chris Rodrigez   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Rodriguez   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Drea Rhenee   Background Vocals
Kenneth "Scat" Springs   Background Vocals
Liz Longley   Background Vocals
Aubrey Hanie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Sam Levine   Penny Whistle
John G. McLane   Steel Pan
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Livingston Taylor   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Steve Bishir   Producer,Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Sheldon Mirowitz   String Arrangements,String Conductor
John Mark Painter   Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Glenn Rosenstein   Producer,Engineer
Joe Furla   Engineer
Brian Montgomery   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Steven Beers   Engineer
Greg Manocherian   Executive Producer
John G. McLane   Engineer
Julie K. Roper   Graphic Design

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Last Alaska Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bbs390 More than 1 year ago
Livingston Taylor's new album is truly amazing. Taylor works with an all-star cast of musicians, including bassist Leland Sklar; drummer Steve Gadd; guitarists Vince Gill, Chris Rodriguez, and J.T. Corenflos and keyboard ace Shane Keister to create a very fun, eclectic, and pleasing new record. This album really demonstrates Taylor's skill at playing music ranging from jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, folk and more. He even utterly reinvents Michael Jackson's "The Girl is Mine", complete with a duet from Ben Taylor. Last Alaska Moon is one of my favorite Livingston Taylor albums, maybe even his best since 1971's "Liv." If you're a fan of Livingston Taylor, or even if you're not and just enjoy simple, great American folk songs, this album is terrific catch.