Everette Harp Better Days
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- Released: November 3, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: EMI Mod Afw
- 1.Modern Religion
- 2.Better Days - (featuring Waymon Tisdale)
- 3.I Just Can't Stop Thinking About You
- 4.We Will Answer
- 5.When Next We Meet (We Will Reminisce) - (featuring George Duke)
- 6.Stand Up! - (featuring Rick Braun)
- 7.For You Always
- 8.Circle Of Friends
- 9.Mutual Admiration Society - (featuring Bobby Lyle)
- 10.Norwegian Lilies
Personnel includes: Everette Harp (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, electronic wind instrument, piano, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Wayne Holmes (vocals, clay flute, keyboards); Rick Braun (flugelhorn); George Duke (piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer); Brian "Armani B" Simpson (piano, Fender Rhodes); Bobby Lyle (piano); Michael Beardon (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar, slide guitar); A. Ray "The Weeper" Fuller, Michael Landau, Dwight Sills, Doc Powell (guitar); Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar); Waymon Tisdale, Larry Kimpel, Jimmy Haslip, Marcus Miller, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass); "Lil" John Roberts, Will Kennedy, Michael White (drums); Cassie, Valerie Pinkston (background vocals).
Engineers include: Everette Harp, Steve Sykes, Erik Zobler.
Recorded at Rue Harp Sound & Westlake Recording Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Everette Harp.
Personnel: Everette Harp (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards, EWI, programming, keyboard programming, drum programming, background vocals); Wayne Holmes (vocals, clay flute, keyboards, background vocals); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar, slide guitar); Doc Powell, Dwight Sills, Michael Landau, Ray Fuller (guitar); Marc Antoine (acoustic guitar); Rick Bruan (flugelhorn); George Duke (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Brian Simpson (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Bobby Lyle (piano); Lil John Roberts, Michael White , William Kennedy (drums); Kevin Ricard (percussion); Kevin Wyatt, Valerie Pinkston, Wil Wheaton (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Erik Zobler; Everette Harp.
Recording information: Rue Harp Sound; Westlake Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Kwaku Alston.
Arrangers: Everette Harp; Wayne Holmes.
Everette Harp plays well enough throughout this release, but the songs are overproduced and lack any real spontaneity. The music is essentially instrumental melodic R&B, which is fine for dancing and smooth jazz radio stations but does not reward close or repeated listenings. There is a cameo appearance from trumpeter Rick Braun, but the other sidemen lack any real personality, doing the job without adding any sparks. Other than a few vocal tracks (most of the singing is in the background), Harp is in the forefront throughout. His fans will enjoy this soothing and danceable set even if no surprises occur. ~ Scott Yanow
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