Nathan East – Reverence (2017) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Nathan East – Reverence (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:02:18  minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Yamaha Entertainment Group

Nathan East’s newest release “Reverence” is the second solo release from Nathan. Artists on this latest release include: Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Phillip Bailey and Yolanda Adams to name a few. This release features a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Serpentine Fire,” which was originally recorded with East’s brother Marcel in 1991 with Eric Clapton on guitar and Phil Collins on drums. Moogie, East’s longtime engineer, who mixed the original cinematic cover, discovered the track 25 years later, and after a long search for the tapes, finally uncovered them in Patti Austin’s basement. After the tape was digitally remastered, the three Earth, Wind & Fire members sang (Philip Bailey), played additional bass parts (Verdine White), and added percussion (Ralph Johnson) to the track, resulting in a daring, head-turning, cinematic journey. As a founding member of renowned contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay, Nathan East is one of the world’s most recorded session bassists. With over 2,000 album credits to his name and several GRAMMY-winning songs including “Get Lucky,” “Footloose” and “Change the World,” East has performed with artists including Daft Punk, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & Beyonce. He received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his self-titled solo debut ‘Nathan East’ on March 2014 which hit #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Albums chart and held #1 for a record-breaking 36 weeks on

One inspiration for the title of bassist Nathan East’s second album for Yamaha — third if the Grammy-nominated Bob James collaboration The New Cool is counted — was the passing of Maurice White. The Earth, Wind & Fire leader is twice paid explicit tribute on Reverence. First, there’s a faithful version of “Love’s Holiday,” featuring Philip Bailey in support, with East’s bass in White’s lead role during the verses. A slick “Can’t Hide Love” fake-out and some other references are in the mix, too. Additionally, “Serpentine Fire” gets an ornate update with Bailey and EW&F partners Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. Phil Collins’ drums and Eric Clapton’s guitar are dredged from the master recording of an abandoned project, lost for 25 years, that was found in Patti Austin’s basement by East’s engineer. Given East’s continued predilection for uplifting wordless melodies, and the frequent use of bright horns, the uplifting spirit of EW&F flows through much of the album. The Ruben Studdard-fronted “Why Not This Sunday,” for instance, sounds like it could be a cover of something from the Faces era. The album’s balanced mix of originals and reinterpretations, including another nod to Stevie Wonder (with saxophonist Kirk Whalum), connects it with East’s 2014 release, and so does another duet with his pianist son Noah — the latter hopefully a recurring element of future recordings. Yolanda Adams and Nikki Yanofsky take lead vocal turns elsewhere, and Chick Corea is showcased on the subtly soaring “Shadow,” a throwback of sorts to late-’70s fusion albums like Secret Agent and Friends. East plays multiple bass parts on the majority of the songs, including a solo version of “Until We Meet Again,” the conclusion. -AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman

1 Love’s Holiday (feat. Philip Bailey) 06:01
2 Lifecycle 05:54
3 Elevenate 05:25
4 Serpentine Fire (feat. Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson) 05:13
5 Feels Like Home (feat. Yolanda Adams) 06:14
6 Higher Ground (feat. Kirk Whalum) 05:06
7 The Mood I’m In (feat. Nikki Yanofsky) 04:21
8 Over the Rainbow (feat. Noah East) 03:11
9 Shadow (feat. Chick Corea) 05:45
10 Pasan 03:34
11 Why Not This Sunday (feat. Ruben Studdard) 05:44
12 Until We Meet Again 01:25
US Bonus Track
13 True Love (feat. Kenya Hathaway) 04:18

Nathan East – Bass, Bass (Electric), Fretless Bass, Vocals
Yolanda Adams, Ruben Studdard, Nikki Yanofsky, Kenya Hathaway – Vocals
Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum – Saxophone
David Angell, Carrie Bailey, Janet Darnall, Alicia Enstrom, Erin Hall, Ali Hoffman, Betsy Lamb, Stefan Petrescu, Katelyn Westergard, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Wei Tsun Chang – Violin
Monisa Angell, Seanad Chang, Jim Grosjean, Kristin Wilkinson – Viola
Anthony LaMarchina, Emily Nelson, Julia Tanner, Carole Rabinowitz, Sari Reist – Cello
Jeff Babko – Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer, Vibraphone
Sara Bachler, Chris Gero, Amber Leigh Trask – Handclapping
Philip Bailey – Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Teddy Campbell, Vinnie Colaiuta, Phil Collins, Ricky Lawson – Drums
Tim Carmon – Fender Rhodes, Organ
Eric Clapton, Paul Jackson, Jr., Michael Thompson – Guitar
David Delhomme – Fender Rhodes, Piano, Violin
Marcel East – Keyboards, Programming
Noah East – Piano
Daniel Fornero, Harry Kim – Trumpet
Devonne Fowlkes, Janice Gaines, Sheridan Royce Mosley, Debi Selby, Terri White – Vocals (Background)
Ralph Johnson, Rafael Padilla – Percussion
Tom Keane – Fender Rhodes, Piano
Hubert Laws – Flute
Chuck Loeb – Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Handclapping
Greg Phillinganes – Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Arturo Velasco – Trombone
Verdine White – Bass
James Zimmerman – Clarinet