Deniece Williams Hot on the Trail
- Released: April 17, 2012
- Label: Funky Town Grooves
- 1.Wiser and Weaker
- 2.Hot On the Trail
- 3.He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
- 5.I Feel the Night
- 6.We're Together
- 7.Straight From the Heart
- 9.Wiser and Weaker [12" Extended Version]
- 10.Wiser and Weaker
- 11.Never Say Never [12" Extended Version]
- 12.I Confess [12" Dance Mix]
Personnel: Deniece Williams (background vocals); Carlos Vega (guitar, drums); Michael Landau, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Larry Williams , Tom Scott (saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Greg Mathieson (keyboards, synthesizer); Tommy Mandel (keyboards); Jay Gruska (synthesizer, drum programming); Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Maxine Waters, George Merrill, Julia Waters, Louis Price, Oren Waters, Shannon Rubicam (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Steve Thompson ; Michael Barbiero.
Audio Remixer: Mick Guzauski.
Liner Note Author: Randy Mahon.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Conway Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; Evergreen Recording Studio, Burbank, CA; LeGonk Studio, Hollywood, CA; Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, CA.
Arrangers: Jay Gruska; Greg Mathieson.
Probably Williams' least-known album, Hot on the Trail came shortly after her gospel debut, So Glad I Know. On this secular outing, Williams assumed greater involvement in the writing process, co-writing all but one of the songs. However, she stepped back from producing, which she took part in prominently on 1984's Let's Hear It for the Boy. The set suffers from a slight lack of musical direction, but boasts several noteworthy cuts. The metaphorical "Video" is a Latin-esque groover with a smooth sax solo by Tom Scott, and the breezy, midtempo "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" has a feel-good vibe. The problem with some of the selections is musical arrangements that get settled too soon. Fortunately, Williams' pensive lyrics, flowing melodies, and top-notch vocal performances rise over the dry areas, making this an enjoyable listen, if not the most memorable. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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