Personnel includes: Will Downing, Chante Moore (vocals); Rex Rideout (various instruments, programming); Nunzio Signore, Rohn Lawrence, Ira Siegel, Greg Skaff, Robin Lawrence, Jeff Lee Johnson (guitar); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Stan Brown (keyboards, bass); Regis Branson (keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); James Poyser (keyboards, tambourine); Bob Baldwin (keyboards, programming); Kevin Deane, Benjamin Love (keyboards); Anthony Jackson, Pino Palladino, Hubert Eaves IV (bass); Amir Thompson, Nathaniel Townsley (drums); Bashiri Johnson, Doc Gibbs (percussion); Renee Neufville, Audrey Wheeler, Dymon, Nneka (background vocals).
Producers include: Stan Brown, Kevin Deane, Rex Rideout, Regis Branson, Will Downing.
Engineers include: Kevin Deane, Matt Kane, Storm Martinez.
ALL THE MAN YOU NEED was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album.
Personnel: Will Downing (vocals, background vocals); Greg Skaff, Nunzio Signore, Ira Siegel, Rohn Lawrence (guitar); Charles Parker , Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow (violin); Larry Gold (cello); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); James Poyser (keyboards, tambourine, programming); Kevin Deane (keyboards, programming); Benjamin Love (keyboards); Nathaniel Townsley (drums); Doc Gibbs, Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Rex Rideout, Ed King (programming); Dwayne Bastiany (drum programming); Eric Roberson, Dymon, Nneka, Renee Neufville, Antoinette Roberson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ken Lewis ; Alec Head; Carl Beatty.
Recording information: Back Room, Philadelphia, PA; Battery Studios, NY; Chung King Studio, New York, NY; Deane Street Studios, NJ; Intermedia Post; Millennium Entertainment Studios; Mixed Inpressions; Rondor Music, London, England; Shelter Island Studios, NY; Sky Lab Studios, NY; Studio 57; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Will Down Sound.
Photographers: Brett Panelli; Will Downing.
Vocalist/professional heartbreaker Will Downing didn't get to the top of the R&B heap by being shy. He's not afraid to declare himself ALL THE MAN YOU NEED in no uncertain terms. While there are plenty of contemporary R&B earmarks throughout this album, Downing throws in left-field touches that keep the arrangements interesting. Jazz-inflected chord changes and doo-wop vocal harmonies here, subtle breakbeats there, Stevie Wonder-ish melodic turns; all provide ample evidence of the breadth of Downing's vision.
Like any great R&B singer, Downing focuses on romance (though the occasional detour, such as an updated take on Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" provides contrast). But his approach is subtle and involving, much more effective than the overstatement and obviousness of too many of his peers. Downing's soulful, sexy voice remains in quiet control of the continually surprising production throughout ALL THE MAN YOU NEED.