What Cha' Gonna Do for Me

What Cha' Gonna Do for Me

by Chaka Khan


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What Cha' Gonna Do for Me

As a vocalist, Chaka Khan is the one of the very few who often doesn't need great material to prosper. Thankfully, on What Cha' Gonna Do for Me that isn't the case. Teaming again with Arif Mardin, slowly but surely the two began to craft an even more successful and innovative sound. This effort not only bests the work before it, but it is Mardin's most fulfilling production since 1974's Average White Band. The cover of "We Can Work It Out" gets a brash and funky Stevie Wonder-style arrangement, with Gregory Phillanganes doing great synth work. The biggest hit here is the melodic title track and has Khan's patented mix of sexiness and intelligent phrasing. The best song here, "I Know You, I Live You," displays the brilliant bass and drum team of Anthony Jackson and Steve Ferrone, whose innovation all but rendered Rufus obsolete. Their pounding yet refined sound is also on "We've Got Each Other," a hooky and propulsive duet with Khan's brother Mark Stevens. The ambitious and much loved "And the Melody Still Lingers On (Night in Tunisia)" had Mardin and Khan creating pithy lyrics that paid homage to '40s jazz legends as well as all other subsequent musical geniuses. The track features a clavitar solo from Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and an "excerpted" solo break from Charlie Parker. Throughout What Cha' Gonna Do for Me, Mardin seems to get amazing vocals from Khan and has he certainly had fun playing with her voice. What Cha' Gonna Do for Me is arguably the best effort of their partnership.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/1999
Label: Warner Bros Uk
UPC: 0075992586726
catalogNumber: 925867

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chaka Khan   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Brecker   Reeds,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Brass,Soloist
Hiram Bullock   Guitar,Soloist
Ronnie Foster   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Bells,oberheim,Soloist,Breakdown,Clavitar
Lew Soloff   Reeds,Trumpet,Brass
David Foster   Synthesizer,Mini Moog,Prophet 5
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Errol Crusher Bennett   Percussion
Randy Brecker   Reeds,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Brass
Bob Christianson   Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Gary Grant   Reeds,Trumpet,Brass,Overdubs
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Kim Hutchcroft   Reeds,Saxophone,Brass,Overdubs
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Arif Mardin   Strings
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Mini Moog
Raymond Lee Pounds   Drums
Barry Rodgers   Reeds,Brass
Barry Rogers   Trombone
Casey Schelierell   Drums
Hamish Stuart   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Richard Tee   Keyboards,Clavinet
David Williams   Guitar
Mark Stevens   Bass,Vocals
David Williams   Guitar
Lew Del Gatto   Reeds,Saxophone,Brass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Reeds,Trombone,Brass,Overdubs
David Richards   Synthesizer
David E. Williams   Guitar
Larry Hall   Reeds,Trumpet,Overdubs
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Flute,Reeds,Keyboards,Saxophone,Overdubs
Larry E. Williams   Synthesizer,Flute,Reeds,Keyboards,Saxophone,Brass

Technical Credits

Ned Doheny   Composer
Dominic Bugatti   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,String Arrangements
Frank Musker   Composer
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
M. Stevens   Composer
Hamish Stuart   Composer
Gary Panter   Photo Illustration
Richard Seireeni   Art Direction
Tim Wild   Illustrations
Mark Stevens   Duet
Larry Williams   Horn Arrangements
Larry E. Williams   Horn Arrangements

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