Building a Beginning

Building a Beginning

by Jamie LidellJamie Lidell


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Jamie Lidell's first solo album away from Warp, Building a Beginning was released on the singer and producer's Jajulin label. It retreats from the early- to mid-'80s electro-funk moves of his self-titled previous full-length and is relatively old-school, often hewing close to gospel-tinged Southern soul. When the material is rooted in approaches and sounds of the late '60s and early '70s, it's still fresh, never verging on replication. Lidell sometimes seems a little too in tune with his admired figures, but he outdoes himself here. Some of the lyrics are so direct that they scan as trite, yet they're expressed with soul-stirring, serve-the-song conviction, and he's in the top tier when it comes to pure skill. Moreover, the songs are of undeniably high quality, filled with joy, gratitude, and devotion. A strong cast of studio associates that includes drummer Daru Jones, bassist Pino Palladino, Pat Sansone, and smartly utilized background vocalists is involved, while additional songwriting collaborations with Lindsey Rome, Lidell's wife, add to the album's familial feel. (Among the funkier numbers is a bouncy jam dedicated to their son, who appears at the end.) This is one of those rare albums that ends as strongly as it begins. In fact, its last two cuts are as moving as anything in the side-one sweet spot. The splendid "Precious Years," an inward-looking ballad graced with harp and other stringed instruments, recalls Terry Callier's work with master arranger Charles Stepney. "Don't Let Me Let You Go," the finale, melodically recalls prime early-'90s R&B -- though it's strictly family man, not bad boy, business.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2016
Label: Jajulin
UPC: 5060454945420
catalogNumber: 5
Rank: 166953

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Lidell   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Rainer
Jeff Lorber   Bass
Chris Bruce   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Deron Johnson   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Pino Palladino   Bass
Justin Stanley   Organ,Guitar
Tiffany Smith   Background Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Hammond B3
Kudisan Kai   Background Vocals
Pat Sansone   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards
Brian Lebarton   Korg M1
Mocky   Bass,Percussion,Piano,chamberlain
Sam Beste   Piano
Paul DeFiglia   Keyboards,Upright Bass
Molly Rogers   Strings,Violin,Viola
Paul Taylor   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Sounds
Daru Jones   Drums
Joey Dosik   Synthesizer,Flute,Wurlitzer
Jake Aron   Guitar
Chris Taylor   Saxophone
April Guthrie   Cello
Marion Ross   Trumpet
Tracey Brown-Bailey   Background Vocals
Fred Cox   Harmonium
Jonny Lam   Guitar
Jamison Sevits   Horn
Aaron Miller   Background Vocals
Kirsten Copely   Harp
Steph Kowal   Chart

Technical Credits

Justin Stanley   Producer,Engineer
Joel Soyffer   Engineer
Jamie Lidell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Pete Min   Engineer
Marc Copely   Engineer
Sam Beste   Engineer
Chris Tabron   Engineer
Lindsey Rome   Composer
Jake Aron   Engineer
Matt Wiggins   Engineer
Lorber   Composer
Ben Ash   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Drum Producer
Eddie Spear   Engineer
Zaq Reynolds   Engineer
Eddie Apear   Engineer

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