Wide Open

Wide Open

by Michael McDonaldMichael McDonald


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Wide Open is Michael McDonald's first album in nearly a decade, following Soul Speak by nine years, but a better benchmark would be Blue Obsession, the last album of original material he released. That record arrived in 2000, long before McDonald's reputation was revived by both yacht rocking satirists and R&B hipsters -- elements that barely factor into the sound of Wide Open, although their existence may have convinced McDonald to leave behind his stroll through the '60s soul songbook. Although he remains firmly grounded in blue-eyed soul, Wide Open also encompasses the slick open-road rockers of the Doobie Brothers and occasionally dabbles in some unexpected sounds from McDonald. "Just Strong Enough" ends with a spin on a New Orleans funeral march, "Honest Emotion" conjures a hazy Laurel Canyon sunset, "Blessing in Disguise" splices Sting with acid jazz, and "Too Short" nods at percolating African rhythms. Not one of these is new, per se, but they are new to McDonald, and give Wide Open a fresher feel than McDonald's overcooked (but well-intentioned) solidarity anthem "Free a Man." Nevertheless, the fact that he felt the need to voice support for the downtrodden, not to mention threading recovery speak into "Find It in Your Heart," gives McDonald a vitality on record that otherwise feels like a proud throwback to his halcyon days. While he happily trades on the slow-burning R&B grooves and soft rock melodicism that made him a star in the '70s and '80s, there's not much of a feeling of pandering nostalgia here. Instead, McDonald seems to be integrating all his personas -- the soul true believer, the godfather of smooth -- in a record that not only feels true but, song for song, is sturdier than nearly all of the albums he recorded at his popular peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2017
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 0190296961816
catalogNumber: 96961
Rank: 38976

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McDonald   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Brass,Synthesizer Pads,Wah Wah Clavinet
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Larry Goldings   Hammond B3
Tom Scott   Soloist
Warren Haynes   Electric Guitar
Bobby Campo   Trumpet
Bernie Chiaravalle   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Mark Douthit   Saxophone,Soloist
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums,Synthesizer Bass,Drum Loop,Brushes
Barry Green   Trombone
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Harry Kim   Trumpet
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist,Fills
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone
Scott Mayo   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Miller   Bass
David Paich   Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Mike Rojas   fender rhodes
Tommy Simms   Bass
Ward Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Willie Weeks   Bass
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
Mark Mullins   Trombone,Horn
Tim Akers   Synthesizer
Leland Sklar   Bass
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andrew Lippman   Trombone
George Shelby   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Craig Young   Bass
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer
Matt Perrine   Sousaphone
David Levita   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Tony Lucido   Bass
Drew Ramsey   Electric Guitar
John Peppard   Synthesizer
Amy Holland-McDonald   Vocals
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Lanice Morrison   Bass
Sol Littlefield   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Matt McCauley   Conductor,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Drea Renee   Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Michael McDonald   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Richard Stekol   Composer
Bernie Chiaravalle   Composer
Mark Douthit   Horn Arrangements,Saxophone Arrangement
Shannon Forrest   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
David Frank   Horn Arrangements
John Goodwin   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Chuck Sabatino   Composer
Mark Mullins   Horn Arrangements
Peter Leinheiser   Composer
Grady Walker   Composer,Engineer
Michael Leonhart   Horn Arrangements
Joel Hoffner   Art Direction
Nathan Yarborough   Engineer
John Peppard   Arranger,Composer
Jasper Lemaster   Engineer
Jarad Clement   Engineer
Matt McCauley   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Russ Bono   Composer
Dylan McDonald   Composer
Jordan Fann   Art Direction
Jon Romero   Art Direction
Charles Fichtel   Composer

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