Portrait of Kevin Mahogany

Portrait of Kevin Mahogany

by Kevin MahoganyKevin Mahogany


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Given that Kevin Mahogany released his debut in 1996, some may say the year 2000 is a bit early for a retrospective. Nevertheless, there are some fine moments on this collection. Mahogany's voice is deep, lustrous, and technically flawless. But his motley supporting cast speaks volumes about the way he straddles the straight-ahead and crossover jazz divide. Appearing during the course of this album are saxophonists Kirk Whalum, Michael Brecker, and Joe Lovano; pianists Brad Mehldau, Cyrus Chestnut, and Bob James (and organist Larry Goldings); and guitarists Peter Bernstein and Larry Carlton. Because these stylists -- and Mahogany's repertoire choices -- contrast so widely, the program seems to jump around too much. Mahogany is an effective blues and R&B shouter on tunes like "I'm Walkin'," "Yesterday I Had the Blues," and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know." He's solid in a jazz vein on "Teach Me Tonight," "Nature Boy," and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." The pop and rock covers are a mixed bag, however: James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" and Van Morrison's "Wild Honey" work rather well, but Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" is less convincing. "Dock of the Bay," a previously unreleased live outtake, doesn't add much of interest to the original, and the string section accompaniment on "Laura," from the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil soundtrack, is a bit wallpaperish. Michael Brecker's tenor break raises an eyebrow, however. The music cooks the most when Larry Goldings and Peter Bernstein lend their famous rapport. And Joe Lovano's unmistakable presence on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a delightful surprise. Mahogany's voice is consistently good, and capable of handling a wide variety of styles. But in aesthetic terms, it's precisely this stylistic back and forth that makes the album a bit uneven.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2000
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624736424
catalogNumber: 47364
Rank: 240476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Mahogany   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Charles Fambrough   Bass
Larry Goldings   Organ
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Stryker   Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Billy Kilson   Drums
Richard Locker   Cello
Michael Manson   Bass
Eugene Maye   Celli
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Maxine Neuman   Celli
Clarence Penn   Drums
Sue Pray   Viola
Laura Seaton   Violin
Sally Shumway   Viola
Yergenia Strenger   Violin
James Weidman   Piano
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Whitaker   Bass
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Ann Roggen   Viola
Rick Jackson   Keyboards
Stephanie Fricker   Viola
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Timothy Malosh   Flute
Abba Bogin   Conductor
Michael Mermagen   Celli
Susan Rotholz   Alto Flute
Nick Cords   Viola

Technical Credits

Michael Colina   String Arrangements
Larry Goldings   Arranger
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Bob James   Arranger
Gene DePaul   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
James Farber   Engineer
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Malcolm Pollack   Engineer
Mike Reid   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
James Weidman   Arranger
Claude Nobs   Executive Producer
Manu Guiot   Engineer

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