Nathan East

Nathan East

by Nathan EastNathan East


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When Daft Punk went to make Random Access Memories, the seeking of Nathan East was one of the smartest moves they made. East provided basslines on nine of the album's songs, including "Get Lucky," a number two Hot 100 hit. The album won the Grammy for Album of the Year and shined a little mainstream light on him as well as several other unsung session musicians who have been active for decades with little recognition. There's a nod here to the French duo on the smooth disco-funk tune "Daft Funk," but otherwise, East's first solo album plays it straight to those who have avidly followed the musician's career, from his earliest session work in the late '70s through his albums with modern jazz group Fourplay. East calls upon a large cast of fellow session veterans, as well as several stars who have benefited from his recorded and live work. Unsurprisingly, this is a loose, superbly played set with the feel of a celebration. It kicks into full gear with a rollicking instrumental version of Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke," on which East's bass serves as lead. Later on, Stevie himself provides a lead -- on harmonica -- throughout a relaxed version of his "Overjoyed." Van Morrison's "Moondance," featuring Michael McDonald, begins subtly but quickly switches into a romp that involves saxophonist Tom Scott and trumpeter Chuck Findley; McDonald is so energized at one point that his wailing sounds more like that of Arthur Brown than that of Morrison. Cleverly, that song is trailed by a Sara Bareilles-fronted "I Can Let Go Now," a song written by McDonald that originally appeared on his own solo debut. Eric Clapton, who has utilized East on the road and in hits such as "Tears in Heaven" and "Change the World," helps revisit Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" with subtle electric lines, while East doubles -- rather impressively! -- on lead vocal. A lot of other notable musicians are involved here, including Bob James and Chuck Loeb (two of East's Fourplay partners), Ray Parker, Jr., Vinnie Colauita, David Paich, Paulinho Da Costa, and drummer Ricky Lawson, who plays on most of the cuts and passed away in December 2013.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Yamaha Entertainment
UPC: 0086792327938
catalogNumber: 7938

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan East   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Bob James   Piano
Tom Scott   Saxophone
David Angell   Violin
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Alison Bailey   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Carmen Cuesta   Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Barry Green   Trombone
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Chuck Loeb   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Andy Martin   Trombone
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
David Paich   Keyboards,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ray Parker   Guitar
Joel Peskin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Julia Tanner   Cello
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica
Jeff Babko   Piano,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,Soloist,Hammond B3
Tim Carmon   fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Wei Tsun Chang   Violin
Bruce Wethey   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Ashley Guilbert   Background Vocals
Carolyn Bailey   Violin
Prentiss Hobbs   Trombone
Erin Hall   Violin
Elizabeth Lamb   Violin
Alison Gooding   Violin
Sara Bareilles   Vocals
Zeneba Bowers   Violin
Jenn Helvering   Background Vocals
Jacob Hubbard   Background Vocals
Andrew Thompson   Background Vocals
Janet Darnall   Violin
Sara Sant'Ambrogio   Cello
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Craig Nelson   String Bass
Maureen Murphy   Background Vocals
James Grosjean   Viola
Jon Reddick   Choir, Chorus
Dave Davidson   Violin,Concert Master
Kim Mont   Choir, Chorus
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lendell Black   Conductor
Seanad Chang   Viola
Talkbox   Vocals,Talk Box
Debi Selby   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janice Gaines   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Shelly Justice   Background Vocals
Ricky Braddy   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cersle Keenan   Background Vocals
Nashville Recording Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chris Gero   Keyboards
Melodie Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals
Gale Mayes   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Andrew Synoweic   Guitar
Erin Long   Violin
Patrick Walle   French Horn
Noah East   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Michael McDonald   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Bob James   Arranger,Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Marcel East   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nathan East   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Ken Freeman   Engineer
Bryan Lenox   Engineer
Chuck Loeb   Arranger,Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Steve Hill   Arranger
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio   Engineer
Jeff Babko   Arranger
Tom Keane   Engineer
Michael Thompson   Arranger,Composer
Lendell Black   Arranger,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Katharine Lee Bates   Composer
Elliott Eicheldinger   Engineer
Chris Gero   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Itta Tsunoda   Logo Design
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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