The Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007

The Essential Cyril Neville 1994-2007

by Cyril NevilleCyril Neville


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Being the youngest of the Neville Brothers would never prevent Cyril Neville from being the person he is, carrying on in the tradition of his more famous siblings. In fact, he not only embellishes on the historic New Orleans sound, he adds a little spice, psychedelic rock & roll, and deep blues. Cyril Neville may be a less rough-edged singer than his elders, not to the extent of senior Aaron Neville, but he is more instrumentally inclined as he dishes out roots/party-style piano on this feel-good compilation from his small discography for the M.C. label. Of course there are many gems, like the finger-poppin' bass-driven tribute to Professor Longhair, "Tipitina"; the pure pop "New Orleans Cookin'"; and the famous "Fortune Teller," a live ballad talking about "heroes and sheroes," penned by Naomi Neville, the alias of Allen Toussaint. A hard funk version of "Foxy Lady" scorches the earth instrumentally, but Neville takes it much slower vocally, while Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is done as a gospel soul tune. The remainder of the material is typical Neville, ranging from Latin plus funk to shuffle, a Native American Indian tribute, choral, commercial dance music à la disco, and even multi-layered rap ("Projects") and smooth jazz before the disc ends. The first number, "The Blues Is Here to Stay," might throw you off in its individual get-down blues, a lyric reference to Elmore James, and Taj Mahal's cameo appearance on harmonica. Certainly Cyril Neville has his pick of the litter as sidemen, including Toussaint, the Soul Rebels Brass Band, Marva Wright, Big Chief Iron Horse, saxophonist Tim Green, and no less than six fellow Nevilles. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better short stack of recognizable numbers or surprises from this first family of Crescent City icons, led by the least-known but well-reared one of the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
Label: M.C. Records
UPC: 0607735006521
catalogNumber: 65
Rank: 107694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyril Neville   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Taj Mahal   Guitar,Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Art Neville   Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Ivan Neville   Keyboards,Guest Appearance,Hammond B3
Marva Wright   Vocals,Guest Appearance
James Andrews   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Allen Toussaint   Piano,Guest Appearance
YaDonna Wise   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Willie Green   Drums
Jason Neville   Rap,Guest Appearance
Ricky Caesar   Drums
Frederick Sheppard   Saxophone
Norman Caesar   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
George Rossi   Piano
Omari Neville   Percussion,Rap
Nick Daniels   Bass,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Theryl DeClouet   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Earl Smith   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bass Heavyu   Bass
Tim Green   Saxophone
Charles Moore   Bass,Guitar
Soul Rebels Brass Band   Guest Appearance
Gaynielle Neville   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Holly Grove   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gerald Trinity   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
George Sartin   Guitar
Dane Ruffins   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Big Chief Iron Horse   Chant,Guest Appearance
Lyrica Neville   Background Vocals
13th Ward Funky Knuckle Choir   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stack Man   Saxophone
Reginal Doster   Guitar

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Jerry Moran   Graphic Design,Layout
Cyril Neville   Composer,Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Ricky Caesar   Composer
Frederick Sheppard   Horn Arrangements
Norman Caesar   Composer
Omari Neville   Composer
Nick Daniels   Composer
Mark Carpentieri   Executive Producer
Tim Green   Horn Arrangements
Gaynielle Neville   Composer

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