That Secret Place

That Secret Place

by Patti Austin


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The veteran sweet-voiced singer's fourth GRP album is perhaps her most musically diverse, covering an ambitious range of material. While each successive album she's recorded over that period has given the versatile entertainer an opportunity to showcase different elements of her artistry, this album gives her the chance to highlight her skills as a vocal stylist and interpreter with few peers. There's the lilting, jazz-inflected title track (an homage to Miles Davis), the reggae-flavored "Captivated," and the poignant ballad "Somebody Make Me Laugh," just for starters. Other standouts include the wistful "Broken Dreams," a bebop finger-snappin' take on Thomas Dolby's zesty "Ability to Swing," and the gospel-flavored "Reach." She saves the best for last, however, with the classical-flavored "Stars in Our Eyes," a gorgeous and haunting look back at a failed relationship with subtle keyboard harmonies by Bob James. Austin can do it all herself, but she enjoys the camaraderie she shares on various cuts with Vesta, Mervyn Warren, Tata Vega, and Phil Perry.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/1994
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0011105402323
catalogNumber: 4023

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Austin   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Vesta   Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Tenor Saxophone
Bob James   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Tata Vega   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Melvin Davis   Bass
DeBarge   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hilary James   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Perri Sisters   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Steve Tavaglione   Trumpet,Saxophone
Mervyn Warren   Background Vocals
David Witham   Organ,Synthesizer,Hammond Organ
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Barnaby Finch   Keyboards,keyboard bass

Technical Credits

Patti Austin   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Bob James   Arranger
Phil Perry   Vocal Arrangements
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
DeBarge   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Hilary James   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Mike Kloster   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Don Murray   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Lee Ritenour   Arranger,Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger
Dan Serrano   Art Direction
Laurie Goldman   Graphic Design
Freddie Paloma   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Alba Acevedo   Graphic Design

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