by Richard Bona


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Richard Bona was born in a little village in West Africa. His mother was a singer and his grandfather was both a singer and musician. Those talents were passed down naturally. By the time Bona was of school age, he spent plenty of hours performing at church. At home, his hunger for the world of music found him making his own flutes, drums, and even a decent guitar. As a teenager he moved to a large city where he soon found a way to get his fill of jazz and the chance to play real instruments and learn to read and write music. On this 2001 album, Reverence, his second full-length recording, all of those years of surrounding himself with music shine through. Even though the lyrics aren't in English, fans from the United States seem to enjoy the album. Bona's songs on Reverence are jazz, but done in a world style, with the flavor of his homeland proudly holding a large spot. The numbers on this recording carry styles of fusion and American jazz, but also offer African pop, Latin, jazz-rock, and even some orchestral arrangements.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 5099750449721
catalogNumber: 5044972

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Bona   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Flute,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Piccolo Bass
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Gil Goldstein   Conductor
Pat Metheny   Acoustic Guitar
David Cerutti   Viola
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Aaron Heick   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Locker   Cello
John Moses   Bass Clarinet
Maxine Neuman   Cello
George Whitty   Piano,Keyboards
Louise Schulman   Violin,Viola
Luis Quintero   Percussion
Sheryl Henze   Bass Flute
Grace Paradise   Harp
Etienne Stadwijk   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Edsel Gomez   Piano
Shmuel Katz   Violin
Oz Noy   Guitar,wah wah guitar
Alan Cox   Flute

Technical Credits

Barry White   Groomer
Gil Goldstein   String Arrangements
Aaron Heick   Horn Arrangements
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
Tom Schick   Engineer
Todd Parker   Engineer
Richard Bona   Producer,Engineer

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