A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming

by Wayne BradyWayne Brady


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Take the title to Wayne Brady's full-length singing debut as bombastic -- as in "the great Wayne Brady will finally grace us with song" -- and you're missing the point and more importantly, the charm. One listen and A Long Time Coming instantly feels like a reference to Brady's enthusiasm over living the dream, recording R&B that's influenced by Babyface and Luther Vandross, plus a bit of what came before with a touch of adult contemporary. This is grown folks music with a demographic that matches daytime television's but it's hardly contrived. In the case of "Can't Buy Me Love," it's quite inspired with Brady turning the Beatles' chestnut into a slow jam ballad, one perfect for whatever "Pillow Talk" show the local R&B station airs on weeknights. High-top fade and moms who wouldn't let you get Jheri curls are the sweet memories that fill "Back in the Day," a giddy highlight that doesn't blush when gushing over Thundercats, friendship bracelets, and "Members Only/Kid 'N Play/That's how we did back in the day." Just as good and even more old-school is "I Ain't Movin," a finger-snapping mod-soul song featuring authentic farfisa organ and tambourine. With an orchestra behind him, Brady does just fine when walking on hallowed ground and delivering "A Change Is Gonna Come" in way that's both respectful and obviously enamored with Sam Cooke's performance. "F.W.B." stands for "Friends with Benefits" giving the album its raciest moment, with "Ordinary" and the previously mentioned "I Ain't Movin'" both singing the praises of long-term monogamy. Going where Usher won't, the wholesome "All Naturally" gets sugary about that "just woke up" look with "You don't have to wear lipstick/To make me wanna come taste your kisses/You don't have to get your hair did/To make me wanna run my fingers through it." It's that "hair did" line that Celine would never deliver -- at least not as sincerely -- that reminds listeners there's been a gap in adult music since Luther left and Anita Baker became underproductive. With a George Duke guest performance, gorgeously polished production from the Heavyweights team, plus plenty of heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, Brady helps fill that gap, giving the R&B-loving Mom and Dad their next great date night album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072306653
catalogNumber: 30665

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayne Brady   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
George Duke   Piano,Electric Piano
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Alex Al   Bass
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Oskar Cartaya   Bass
Larry Corbett   Cello
Darrell Crooks   Guitar
Keith Fiddmont   Saxophone
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Diane Gordon   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Conductor
Dan Higgins   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jamey Jaz   Background Vocals
Martin Kember   Background Vocals
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Mark Robertson   Violin
David Ryan   Trombone
Kim Scholes   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Randy Waldman   Piano
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Ken Yerke   Violin,Concert Master
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
David Ryan Harris   Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Michael Valerio   Bass
Philip Vaiman   Violin
Jason Pennock   Piano
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Cat Gray   Synthesizer,Talk Box
Shalini Vijayan   Violin
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Stephanie O'Keefe   French Horn
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Audrey Solomon   Violin
Craig Gosnell   Trombone
Andrew Radford   Bassoon
Steve Richards   Cello
Searmi Park   Violin
Robert Brophy   Viola
Jamie Jones   Background Vocals
Jamie, Carol, And James Jones   Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Cymbals,Timpani
Thomas Diener   Viola
Alex Iles   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
James Sawyer   Trombone
Cheaza Figueroa   Background Vocals
Yvonne S. Moriarity   French Horn
Billy Walton   Background Vocals
David Ryan   Trombone
Robert Sanders   Bass Trombone
Tim Stewart   Guitar
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Steve Kipner   Composer
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Jamey Jaz   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Martin Kember   Composer
Jack Kugell   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Clarence Paul   Composer
David Rideau   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Sarah Nagourney   Composer
Suzie Katayama   Arranger,String Arrangements
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Jason Pennock   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production,Piano Programming
Wayne Brady   Composer,Executive Producer
Heavy Weights   Arranger,Programming,Audio Production
Jamie Jones   Arranger,Programming,Audio Production,Bass Programming
Jamie, Carol, And James Jones   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Reo   Programming,drum programming
Monte Neuble   Programming

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