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Twist Of Motown CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 60613812
UPC: 044007603123
UPC 14: 00044007603123
Release Date: 9/23/2003
Sales Rank: 1486
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - George Benson/Gerald Albright/Lee Ritenour ~ Various Artists
2. Papa Was a Rolling Stone - Chris Botti/Lisa Fischer ~ Various Artists
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour ~ Various Artists
4. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - Will Downing ~ Various Artists
5. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour ~ Various Artists
6. Tracks Of My Tears, The - Brenda Russell ~ Various Artists
7. You Haven't Done Nothin' - Richard Elliot ~ Various Artists
8. Creepin' - Bob James ~ Various Artists
9. Medley: War/What's Going On?: War / What's Goin' On - Lisa Fischer/Mindi Abair ~ Various Artists
10. All This Love - Gerald Albright/Lee Ritenour ~ Various Artists
11. Got To Be There - Peter White ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Chuck Berg.
Muze PNote Personnel: Lisa Fischer, Will Downing, Brenda Russell (vocals); Lee Ritenour (guitar, acoustic guitar, strings, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, sampler); George Benson , Peter White (guitar); Peter "Fifi" White (acoustic guitar, keyboards); Dan Higgins (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Gerald Albright (flute, tenor saxophone); Mindi Abair (soprano saxophone); Richard Elliot (tenor saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chris Botti (trumpet); Dave Grusin (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Bob James (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Jochem van der Saag (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, programming, sampler); Greg Phillinganes, Russell Ferrante (keyboards, synthesizer); Steve Tavaglione (EWI); Ricky Lawson (drums); Lori Perry, Darlene Perry, Sharon Perry (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Don Murray .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Dr. Chuck Berg.
Muze PNote Recording information: Blue Studios, Malibu; Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA; Starlight Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Rebecca Meek.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Dave Grusin; Jochem van der Saag; Peter "Fifi" White ; Lee Ritenour .
Muze PNote There's a scene in Oliver Stone's 1986 film Platoon that speaks volumes about the importance of Motown Records to the baby boomer generation. In that scene from Platoon -- which takes place in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War -- several American soldiers are singing the Miracles' "The Tracks of My Tears" in an effort to provide some temporary relief from the horror that surrounds them. During that scene, the song is about much more than a great melody -- it's about camaraderie, solace, and comfort. Like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, and Stax, Motown was -- to use Berry Gordy's phrase -- "the sound of young America." While the baby boomers aren't so young anymore, the Motown songbook holds up nicely after all these years -- a fact that is illustrated by A Twist of Motown. This 2003 project finds guitarist Lee Ritenour producing a jazz-friendly tribute to Motown and overseeing an all-star cast that includes George Benson, Gerald Albright, Dave Grusin, Chris Botti, and Bob James, among others. The instrumentals (which range from "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'") tend to draw on both soul-jazz and crossover jazz/NAC, while the vocal performances -- including Brenda Russell on "The Tracks of My Tears" and Will Downing on "Just My Imagination" -- are aimed at urban or quiet storm listeners. From a jazz standpoint, A Twist of Motown isn't as adventurous or risk-taking as it could have been; if you want to hear some truly daring interpretations of Motown gems, check out Joe Farrell's version of Wonder's "Too High" or Grover Washington, Jr.'s arrangement of Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues." Nonetheless, the performances -- both instrumental and vocal -- are generally likable and satisfying, and when all is said and done, Ritenour has affirmed how durable the Motown songbook continues to be. ~ Alex Henderson

Producer: Lee Ritenour

Engineer: Don Murray; EMI Ferguson; Jochem van der Saag; Lee Ritenour

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/23/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 000011502
Music Label Name Label : GRP (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00044007603123

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