Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

by Amp Fiddler


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Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

Listeners familiar with keyboardist/vocalist Amp Fiddler before his pair of 2002/2003 12" releases likely knew him through his associations with Detroit house figure Moodymann and, to a greater extent, his run-ins with George Clinton and Prince. In 1990, he also recorded an album with his brother Bubz, released under the name Mr. Fiddler; this project came and went without much notice, mostly because it failed to fit in with much of anything else at the time. Come 2003, however, you couldn't be a house head or read a dance-music-for-grown-folks magazine without hearing him or reading about him. In addition to the singles, Fiddler was the star of the phenomenal Moodymann production "I'm Doing Fine," credited to Amp Dog Knight, as well as Only Child's upbeat disco-house track "U Bring Me Vibes." He also played a role in the Carl Craig-helmed Detroit Experiment, providing keys work and doing the vocal duties on a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Too High." After a couple decades spent floating around, Fiddler finally came up with his first solo album. Most of the cuts from those singles reappear here in slightly different forms, while the remainder is all new. Just like the Mr. Fiddler album, Waltz of a Ghetto Fly is something of an anomaly, mixing up the occasional 4/4 house track with funky R&B that's reminiscent of There's a Riot Goin' On-era Sly Stone (this goes beyond the references to "You Caught Me Smilin'" in "You Played Me") and Fiddler's past connections. Since the house tracks also draw heavily upon '70s funk, the album is more cohesive than you'd expect. Throughout, Fiddler maintains a steady, assured, laid-back flow. Even at his most aggressive -- as on the protest song "Love and War" (with backing courtesy of Moodymann) and the sweaty "Superficial" -- it goes down smoothly and richly, as suitable for background listening as it is a get-together. Hearing Fiddler's voice -- alternating between a butter-smooth croon and a deep-throated yowl -- and sensitive keyboard wriggles throughout the course of an entire album is a pure joy.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2014
Label: Pias America
UPC: 0805551012928
catalogNumber: 29
Rank: 235780


  1. Intro
  2. I Believe in You
  3. Dreamin'
  4. Superficial
  5. Possibilities
  6. Soul Divine
  7. You Play Me
  8. Eye to Eye
  9. Love and War
  10. If You Can't Get Me Off Your Mind
  11. Unconditional Eyes
  12. This Is How
  13. Waltz of a Ghetto Fly

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amp Fiddler   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lorenzo Brown   Bongos
George Clinton   Guest Appearance
Bubz Fiddler   Bass,Bass Guitar
Raphael Saadiq   Keyboards
Ron Wright   Drums
Courtney Jackson   Background Vocals
John Arnold   Guitar
Efe Best   Percussion
Kimberly Chatman   Background Vocals
Donan Fiddler   Trumpet
Shane Fiddler   Background Vocals
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler   Bass

Technical Credits

Bubz Fiddler   Producer,drum programming
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Amp Fiddler   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,drum machine,drum programming
Overton Lloyd   Composer
Ron Wright   Producer,Engineer
Courtney Jackson   Composer
Shawn T. Davis   Composer
J.A. Fiddler   Producer
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler   Composer
Kimberly Chatman   Composer
Laxidaisical   Producer
Thomas "Bubz" Fiddler   Composer
James Yancey   Composer

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Waltz of a Ghetto Fly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this album-would have given 5 stars,but some of the words were a bit hard to decipher-still a great album-funky,sexy,danceable,makes you just want to jam.reminds me of sly Stone--feel good music-could have omitted "word play" on last cut.