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Earth Tones [Michael Whittaker]

  • 1. Highland Air
    2. Rendezvous in Paris
    3. Coffee of the Day
    4. Write on Track
    5. Love Is Spoken Here
    6. Quench the Thirsting
    7. Earth Tones
    8. Heart of Asia, The
    9. One Way Street
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45222

  • Credits

    Personnel: Michael Whittaker (piano, synthesizer, programming); Alan Kisaka (vocals); Todd Robinson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, wah-wah guitar); Michael Regan (electric guitar, programming); Doug Webb (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Mike Todd (alto saxophone); Mike Maffe (trumpet); Rocco Presutti (fretless bass); Dean Davis, Eric G. (drums); Al "Island Al" Sales (percussion); Anita Iga (background vocals).
    Photographers: Mark Buck; Steve Thomas.
    Listening to Michael Whittaker's debut Earth Tones is a lot like glancing at postcards from a short but eventful trip around the globe, with each tune offering a different cultural vibe based on brief visits to Scotland, France, Asia, and Africa. The young but well traveled keyboardist/composer keeps the travelogue light and frisky, as if to say, my last stop was great, had fun, wish you were here, gotta go -- which is to say he only scratches the surface of world music but still engages us nonetheless. There are a few attempts at deeper explorations, most notably "Quench the Thirsting," whose Swahili chants encourage a singalong but speak of the tragic drought in Malawi, Africa. Combining Yanni's flair for symphony light with Jon Anderson's ethereal Irish flavors, Whittaker remembers a trip to the green fields of "Highland Air." Draws from other diverse influences throughout, including 70s wah-wah guitar driven soul ("Coffee of The Day") and Pat Metheny ("Write on Track"), Whittaker enjoys taking us on an upbeat search for his musical identity. ~ Jonathan Widran

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