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One inspiration for the title of bassist Nathan East's second album for Yamaha -- third if the Grammy-nominated Bob James collaboration The New Cool is counted -- was the passing of Maurice White. The Earth, Wind & Fire leader is twice paid explicit tribute on Reverence. First, there's a faithful version of "Love's Holiday," featuring Philip Bailey in support, with East's bass in White's lead role during the verses. A slick "Can't Hide Love" fake-out and some other references are in the mix, too. Additionally, "Serpentine Fire" gets an ornate update with Bailey and EW&F partners Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. Phil Collins' drums and Eric Clapton's guitar are dredged from the master recording of an abandoned project, lost for 25 years, that was found in Patti Austin's basement by East's engineer. Given East's continued predilection for uplifting wordless melodies, and the frequent use of bright horns, the uplifting spirit of EW&F flows through much of the album. The Ruben Studdard-fronted "Why Not This Sunday," for instance, sounds like it could be a cover of something from the Faces era. The album's balanced mix of originals and reinterpretations, including another nod to Stevie Wonder (with saxophonist Kirk Whalum), connects it with East's 2014 release, and so does another duet with his pianist son Noah -- the latter hopefully a recurring element of future recordings. Yolanda Adams and Nikki Yanofsky take lead vocal turns elsewhere, and Chick Corea is showcased on the subtly soaring "Shadow," a throwback of sorts to late-'70s fusion albums like Secret Agent and Friends. East plays multiple bass parts on the majority of the songs, including a solo version of "Until We Meet Again," the conclusion.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2017
Label: Yamaha Entertainment
UPC: 0086792346830
catalogNumber: 23468
Rank: 40316

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan East   Primary Artist,Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Philip Bailey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Collins   Drums
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute
Yolanda Adams   Vocals
David Angell   Violin
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Marcel East   Keyboards
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Ralph Johnson   Percussion
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Chuck Loeb   Acoustic Guitar,Hand Clapping
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Soloist
Julia Tanner   Cello
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Verdine White   Bass
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Jeff Babko   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Vibes,fender rhodes
Tim Carmon   Organ,fender rhodes
David Delhomme   Piano,Violin,fender rhodes
Wei Tsun Chang   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Ali Hoffman   Violin
Terri White   Background Vocals
Carrie Bailey   Violin
Tom Keane   Piano,fender rhodes
Ruben Studdard   Vocals
Erin Hall   Violin
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Sari Reist   Cello
Betsy Lamb   Violin
Stefan Petrescu   Violin
Nikki Yanofsky   Vocals
Janet Darnall   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Emily Nelson   Cello
Seanad Chang   Viola
Debi Selby   Background Vocals
Janice Gaines   Background Vocals
Devonne Fowlkes   Background Vocals
Katelyn Westergard   Violin
Chris Gero   Hand Clapping
James Zimmerman   Clarinet
Noah East   Piano
Alicia Enstrom   Violin
Sheridan Royce Mosley   Background Vocals
Sara Bachler   Hand Clapping
Amber Leigh Trask   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Composer
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
George Shearing   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Howard McCrary   Composer
David Davidson   Orchestral Arrangements
Marcel East   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Nathan East   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Harry Kim   Horn Arrangements
Bryan Lenox   Engineer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Composer
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger
Skip Scarborough   Composer
Verdine White   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Geoff Callingham   Engineer
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio   Engineer
Jeff Babko   Arranger
Tim Carmon   Arranger
Tom Keane   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Reginald Burke   Composer
Andrés Beeuwsaert   Arranger,Composer
Randall Stuart Newman   Composer
Lendell Black   Arranger,Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Alysse Gafkjen   Cover Photo
Amy Fucci   Layout
Chris Gero   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Itta Tsunoda   Logo Design
Yuri Katz   Horn Arrangements

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