One Bad Habit

One Bad Habit

by Michael FranksMichael Franks


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With Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt back producing, Michael Franks again moves in a different direction on One Bad Habit, with mixed results. Easily considered his commercial breakthrough, the album often lacks the lyrical and imaginative songwriting of previous efforts and sounds at times like two different albums. The contributions of Clare and Andre Fischer help bolster some of the more ambitious music, while players like Eddie Gómez, Eric Gale and David Spinozza at times appear underutilized. The title cut is another example of Franks' wry, observant takes on love and lust, yet musically it is a little lightweight. Still, considering the players, the occasionally adventurous musical ideas, and the basic jazz sound, Franks was able to go where very few jazz artists ever go in terms of attracting a larger audience and considerable airplay.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992342728
catalogNumber: 3427
Rank: 38978

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Franks   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Don Grolnick   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Rick Zunigar   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Armando   Percussion,Conga
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Clare Fischer   Conductor
André Fischer   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Eric Gale   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Conductor,Flugelhorn,Horn
Yolanda Howard   Background Vocals
Kim Hutchcroft   Horn
Neil Jason   Bass
Rick Marotta   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Petsye Powell   Background Vocals
Sylvia Shemwell   Background Vocals
George Sopuch   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Tennyson Stephens   Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Conductor,Horn
Larry Hall   Horn
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Conductor,Horn

Technical Credits

Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
André Fischer   Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
George Sopuch   Contributor
Tennyson Stephens   Contributor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn Arrangements
Larry Williams   Horn Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements

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