by MaysaMaysa
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One of the most sensuous singers in the urban adult contemporary/urban jazz realm since the early '90s, Maysa's unique dual career, while fascinating, is probably what has kept her from breaking out beyond stardom in those niches. In the early '90s, she joined the British soul collective Incognito and has since appeared on eight of the acid jazz/groove collective's projects. While performing and recording with that ensemble, she's also built a steady catalog of solo projects, including her first two cover-oriented Shanachie sets Sweet Classic Soul and Feel the Fire. The Metamorphosis on this disc is not so much in her diverse stylistic approach, which ranges from soothing, old-school, conversational, late-night soul ("My Destiny," featuring Najee on flute, "Take Me Away") to sexy, whispery neo-soul ("Never Really Ever") and dreamy, lightly funky Brazilian jazz on the breezy, cool grooving "Simpatico" and the quasi-Brasil '66 vibe of "Higher Love"; this track features smoothie great Nick Colionne snapping on the acoustic guitar beneath Maysa's soaring vocals and Najee's wistful flute charms. It's more about digging deep into a series of sharp originals, some co-penned by the singer and others by artists (like Ledisi) who have a similar soulful world view. Maysa waits till the end before breaking free of her usual comfort zone by going truly universal and scatting her way over a hypnotic exotic groove on "A Conversation with the Universe," an out there but completely irresistible slice of sonic energy devised by labelmates Global Noize (Jason Miles and DJ Logic). Never one to forget her roots, Maysa pays homage to Incognito leader Bluey Maunick on the unique "Let's Figure It Out (A Song for Bluey)," which begins as a balmy Colionne-driven instrumental before evolving into a vocal-laden funk-dance track. Maysa's always been an inspiring singer. Metamorphosis establishes her as a deeper, more diverse artist of true vision.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351516725
catalogNumber: 5167
Rank: 61124


  1. Simpatico
  2. My Destiny
  3. Never Really Ever
  4. Let's Figure It Out (A Song for Bluey)
  5. I Need a Man
  6. Higher Love
  7. Take Me Away
  8. Happy Feelings
  9. Love So True
  10. Walk Away
  11. Grateful
  12. A Conversation with the Universe

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maysa   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Najee   Flute,Guest Appearance
Wayne Bruce   Guitar
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Melvin Davis   Bass
Ronnie Garrett   Bass
Angela Johnson   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Melvin Jones   Trumpet
Tommy Martin   Acoustic Guitar
Jason Miles   Keyboards
Rex Rideout   Keyboards
Nick Colionne   Guitar
DJ Logic   Turntables
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Reggie Carter   Keyboards
Herman "P Nut" Johnson   Strings,Drums,Keyboards
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Various
Tricia Angus   Background Vocals
Reggie Carter   Keyboards
Jocelyn Alvarez   Conga

Technical Credits

Ronnie Garrett   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Angela Johnson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Maysa   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jason Miles   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Dennis Moody   Engineer
Rex Rideout   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
DJ Logic   Composer,Programming,Sound Effects
Michael Ripoll   Composer
Ledisi Young   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Herman "P Nut" Johnson   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation

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