CD Vance 32 (CD 1322449),
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Vance 32

  • 1. Carnival Montage, Pt. 1
    2. I'm So Happy
    3. Rainy Day Friend
    4. My True Story
    5. Blue Because of You
    6. Parker's Band
    7. In Each Other's Arms (Detail)
    8. Honeymoon in Cuba
    9. Dirty Work
    10. (What A) Wonderful World
    11. Looking for an Echo
    12. Carnival Montage, Pt. 2
    13. Looking for an Echo (Reprise)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7919

  • Credits
    ProducerJoel Dorn
    EngineerJoe Ferla; Robert Liftin

    Personnel: Kenny Vance (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Betty Carter (vocals); Joel Dorn, Jonathan Dorn (bass voice); Cornell Dupree (guitar); Sam Brown (acoustic guitar); Elliot Randall (electric guitar); David "Fathead" Newman (alto saxophone); Harold Vick, Seldon Powell, Willis "Gator" Jackson (tenor saxophone); Larry Harlow (keyboards, percussion); Louie Argese, Richard Tee (keyboards); Milt Grayson (bass instrument, hand claps); Tony Levin , William Salter (bass instrument); Earl Williams, Stephen Gadd (drum); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Marty Joe Kupersmith, Vini Poncia (background vocals).
    Much of Kenny Vance's debut solo album sounds (big surprise) a great deal like Jay & the Americans, with a slightly more sophisticated focus -- the way that group might've sounded had they been given the chance to advance into the 1970s, and also explored their own antecedents a little more thoroughly. "Blue Because of You" is easily the best moment on the album, a plunge back into early-'40s harmony vocal pop, with an R&B and small-band focus, but everything here is worth hearing -- more than once -- as Vance ranges across the pop/R&B landscape, all the while putting just enough of a singer/songwriter personality into the work so that this album might even have had a shot at selling at the time. Alas, it was too much of a stretch for radio stations and listeners in 1975, and not even the presence of the Walter Becker/Donald Fagen-authored "Parker's Band" could put it over to a mass public. It holds up magnificently, even three decades later, and is well worth tracking down in any form you can find it (and it has come back out in Japan as an audiophile-quality mini-LP CD and in America on Collectables). ~ Bruce Eder

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