- Released: August 12, 1997
- Label: GRP
- 1.Now or Never
- 2.All Blues
- 3.Giant Steps
- 4.Do You Wanna Know What I Want?
- 5.Stolen Moments
- 6.National Amnesia
- 7.Now That the Love Is Over
- 8.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 9.Open Invitation
- 10.That's the Way of the World
- 11.Cotton Tail
New York Voices: Darmon Meader (vocals, soprano & tenor saxophones, keyboards, programming); Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox, Sara Krieger, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Jim Hynes, Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Jay Ashby (trombone, percussion); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Andy Ezrin (piano, keyboards); Randy Landau, Mulgrew Miller (piano); Eve Nelson (keyboards, programming); Jon Werking (keyboards); Georg Wadenius, Romero Lubambo (guitar); Chuck Bergeron, Will Lee, Tom Barney, Leo Traversa, Michael Formanek (bass); Tommy Igoe (drums, percussion, programming); Dave Weckl, Duduka DaFonseca, Lewis Nash (drums); Jamey Haddad (percussion); Steve Weisbart, Bob Christianson (programming).
Producers: Michael Abene, Jeffrey Lesser, Leon Pendarvis, Robert Sadin.
Compilation producer: Carl Griffin.
Engineers include: Josiah Gluck, Jeffrey Lesser, Mark Cobrin.
Personnel: Darmon Meader (vocals, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards); Caprice Fox, Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian (vocals); Georg "Jojje" Wadenius (guitar); Claudio Roditi, Jim Hynes (trumpet); Jay Ashby (trombone, percussion); Andy Ezrin (piano, keyboards); Mulgrew Miller, Bill O'Connell , Randy Landau (piano); Eve Nelson (keyboards, programming); Jon Werking, Leon Pendarvis, Philip Woo (keyboards); Bob Christianson (synthesizer); Tommy Igoe (midi drums, drums, cymbals, drum programming); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Chuck Bergeron (electric bass); Dave Weckl, Duduka Da Fonseca, Lewis Nash , Romero Lubambo, Lionel Cordew (drums); Jamey Haddad (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Marc Cobrin; Craig Bishop; Jeffrey Lesser .
Audio Remasterer: Ted Jensen.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, NY (1989-1993); RPM Studios (1989-1993); Sear Sound, New York, NY (1989-1993); Sorcerer SOund, New York, NY (1989-1993).
Editor: Michael Landy.
Illustrator: Dan Serrano.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Sharon Franklin; Steve Weisbart.
Arrangers: Jay Ashby; Robert Sadin; Darmon Meader.
Simply put, this 11-cut compilation was culled form the New York Voices three albums for GRP, Hearts of Fire, New York Voices, and What's Inside. As such, it assembles pretty much the best tracks from those records. That said, it should be noted that these years weren't necessarily the group's best artistically, but were commercially. There isn't anything wrong with that. Folks who dug the NYV titles from GRP will be delighted with this, and those of us seeking to fill in gaps previously left in NYV's discography have good reason to pick this one up as well. ~ Thom Jurek