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Soul Sessions [Giant Step]
     

Soul Sessions [Giant Step]

 

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Giant Step's Soul Sessions is a compilation, not a mix album, spotlighting tracks from a diverse cast of artists inspired by soul. (Anyone troubled by the nebulous definition of the word circa 2002 will find one from each of the artists in the liner notes, like this one from Donnie: "It neither hungers, breathes, fights, has color, race or

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Giant Step's Soul Sessions is a compilation, not a mix album, spotlighting tracks from a diverse cast of artists inspired by soul. (Anyone troubled by the nebulous definition of the word circa 2002 will find one from each of the artists in the liner notes, like this one from Donnie: "It neither hungers, breathes, fights, has color, race or gender.") The music is far better than the liners, pursuing the same earnest fusion of acid jazz, house, and contemporary R&B that's united global concerns from Tokyo to Munich to London to San Francisco. Ultra Naté, one of the finest contemporary R&B vocalists, opens with the lush, largely acoustic "Twisted." Working with Jonathan Maron as Atlantis, Giant Step regular Ron Trent delivers the highlight: "Future Love," an earthy fusion of Lonnie Liston Smith atmosphere and Roy Ayers' groove. Joe Claussell's house remix of "The Essence" features Herbie Hancock with Chaka Khan. The producer tracks account for roughly half of the compilation, though vocalists Carl Hancock Rux and Jody Watley both acquit themselves nicely. With deep grooves but a largely acoustic setting, Soul Sessions succeeds in pulling fans from all manner of genres: dance music, acid jazz, even vocal music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2002
Label:
GIANT STEP RECORDS
UPC:
0693657702528
catalogNumber:
7025

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jody Watley   Vocals
Bob Belden   Soprano Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Leroy Jenkins   Violin
Ultra Naté   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Callier   Track Performer
4hero   Synthesizer
Fred Cash   Bass
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Stewart Lerman   Keyboards
Sammy Merendino   Drums
David Pleasant   Harmonica,Percussion
David Tronzo   Slide Guitar
Stephanie McKay   Vocals
Avery Johnson   Guitar
Andy Gonzales   Bass
Daniel Moreno   Percussion
Carl Hancock Rux   Vocals
Shawn Lee   Vocals
Simon Leach   Saxophone
R.C. Williams   Keyboards
Jason Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Genoa Mungin   Conga,Vocals
Ê-De   Guitar
Carol C.   Vocals
Imani Uzuri   Track Performer
Marc Mac   Bass,Keyboards
Emil Chitakov   Violin
Frederick Lasfargeas   Keyboards
Luke Parkhouse   Drums
Fran Cathcart   Guitar
Khari Cabral Simmons   Bass Guitar,fender rhodes
Vinnie DAgostino   Flute,Alto Flute
Forest Robinson   Drums
Wes Funderburk   Trombone
James White   Keyboards
Alexander J. Lattimore   Vocals
Paul Butler   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jody Watley   Producer
Ultra Naté   Vocal Arrangements
4hero   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dave Darlington   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Freddy Luster   Producer
Jonathan Maron   Producer
Osiris   Producer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Avery Johnson   Engineer
Rodney Lee   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Carl Hancock Rux   Producer
Ron Trent   Producer
Chris Brann   Producer,Remixing
Shawn Lee   Producer,Instrumentation
Kwame Kwaten   Vocal Arrangements
Carol C.   Producer
Karl Injex   Producer
Nickodemus   Producer
Khari Cabral Simmons   Arranger,Producer
Forest Robinson   Producer
Wes Funderburk   Horn Arrangements
Garth Trinidad   Liner Notes
Saturday Night Experience   Producer
Osiris   Producer

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