My Everything

My Everything

by Anita BakerAnita Baker

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Overview

Diehard fans won't be disappointed by Anita Baker's My Everything, her first recording in ten years. Like a fine wine, the Detroit native's ripe, jazzy vocals have only improved with time. During her absence, however, the modern R&B landscape has changed, relying more on T&A than creativity. But throughout the disc -- compact at ten songs -- Baker continues to give us the best that she's got. The Grammy winner uses her rich, gospel-informed contralto to great effect on several tracks, most notably on the Latin-tinged "In My Heart," the soaring "Serious," and the surefire quiet-storm classic "Close Your Eyes." Unfortunately, the production doesn't match her talent. Underwhelming adult contemporary arrangements mar songs such as "Like You Used to Do," a corny duet with Babyface that finds the producer calling Baker his boo, and the lifeless, harmony-driven "How Could You," which fail to meet the high standard set by smoldering Baker gems like "Sweet Love" and "You Bring Me Joy." Perhaps for her next disc, Baker will take a cue from Blue Note label mate Cassandra Wilson and recruit musicians who can help her evolve into the innovative, contemporary jazz diva she's worthy of becoming. Anna Powell

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724357710220
catalogNumber: 77102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita Baker   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Bass,Bass Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer,Percussion
Jimmy Haslip   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alex Al   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Gary Bias   Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Chambers   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Barry J. Eastmond   Percussion,Keyboards
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Philip Hamilton   Guitar
Reggie Hamilton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Ronald Jenkins   Bass,Bass Guitar
William Kennedy   Drums
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Eric Marienthal   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Perri Sisters   Background Vocals
Eric Rehl   Synthesizer
Ridgeway Sisters   Background Vocals
Esther Ridgeway   Background Vocals
Gloria Ridgeway   Background Vocals
Gracie Ridgeway   Background Vocals
Turner   Bass,Bass Guitar
Reggie Young   Trombone
Babyface   Guitar,Background Vocals
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Leo Colon   Synthesizer
Kenya Ivey   Background Vocals
Robert Randolph   Guitar
Bernard Davis   Drums
Philip Hamilton   Guitar

Technical Credits

Anita Baker   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dawn Thomas   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Russell Ferrante   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
W. Kennedy   Composer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Babyface   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Kevin Szymanski   Engineer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Ghian Wright   Engineer

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