CD Identity [Samantha Siva] (CD 571924),
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Identity [Samantha Siva]
1. I Can't Stop
3. Living Alone
4. Like a Child
5. If I Never
7. Riding Horses
8. Scarborough Fair
9. Watcha Gonna Do?
11. Riding Horses - (acoustic)
12. Like a Child - (acoustic)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54569
Personnel includes: Samantha Siva (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass, drums, samples); Richard Elliot (tenor saxophone); Tim Weisberg (flute); David Benoit (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Chieli Minucci (acoustic guitar); Ken Wild (bass); John Ferraro (drums); Brad Dutz (percussion).
Producers: Samantha Siva, David Benoit, Andy Ezrin, Mario Grigorov.
Engineers include: Clark Germaine, John Hendrikson, Al Schmitt.
Personnel: Samantha Siva (vocals, strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, sampler, background vocals); Chieli Minucci (guitar, acoustic guitar); Richard Elliot (guitar, tenor saxophone); David Benoit (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, sampler); Andy Ezrin (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Tim Weisberg (flute); David Mann (saxophone); Mario Grigorov (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Clarence Penn, John Ferraro , Poogie Bell (drums); Brad Dutz (percussion); Lori Vellez (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bonzai Jim Caruso; Jim Caruso; Paul Wickliffe; Samantha Siva.
Recording information: 29th Street Studio, Torrance, CA; 29th Studios, Torrance CA; Brontosaurus Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Genie Studios, New York NY; LAFX, North Hollywood CA; Planet Sound, New york NY; The Hook Studios, North Hollywood LA.
Photographers: Jochen Arndt; Lewis Mail.
Arrangers: Samantha Siva; Andy Ezrin.
David Benoit apparently had so much fun combining his mutual love for the piano and Hammond B-3 on last year's Professional Dreamer that he couldn't resist the opportunity to apply the dual magic to numerous tracks on singer Samantha Siva's Identity (Genie). Benoit co-produces and performs on three of the disc's best tracks. He lays down a gritty organ solo to add an edgy texture to Siva's dreamy, angelic musings on "I Can't Stop"; introduces the melancholy "Wilderness" with a subtle, hypnotic piano motif beneath her earnest declaration of sorrow before Tim Weisberg chimes in with a brief but poignant flute solo; and adds Fender Rhodes to the wintry images of the sparse trio ballad "Lullaby." Siva's search for identity ranges from a torchy, breathy multi-octave heartbreak on "Lullaby" to the less emotional but much more hooky "I Can't Stop." She also dips perilously close to Sade territory on "Living Alone"; Siva's production on this cut is interesting in that Richard Elliot's well-placed tenor harmony spots are far softer than her vocals. As appealing as Siva is as an adult-contemporary vocal diva and occasional scat artist on the medieval folk-themed "Riding Horses," she shows even more promise as a producer and multi-instrumentalist. There's no way she can top Benoit, but she does a nice Liz Story/Suzanne Ciani turn on the lone instrumental "Millennium." ~ Jonathan Widran
JazzTimes (8/00, p.84) - "...Gentle, memorable melodies and textured arrangements, ranging from sultry urban grooves to artsy acoustics..."
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