All My Life

Performers Maysa (R&B)

N-Coded Music | May 12, 2003 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Maysa (vocals); Bluey (acoustic & electric guitars); Tim Canfield, Jim Mullen (guitar); Chris DeMargary (flute, soprano & tenor saxophones); Ed Jones (alto & tenor saxophones); Dominic Glover (trumpet, fulgelhorn); Winston Rollings, Matt Coleman (trombone); Gary Sanctuary (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, vibraphone); Victor Redwood (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Graham Harvey, Daniel "Venom" Maunick, Ski Oakenful (keyboards, programming); Randy Hope-Taylor, Julian Crampton, Orfeo Orakwue, Richard Molyneux (bass); Richard Bailey (drums); Thomas Dyani-Akuru (percussion); Alex Rizzo (programming); Mark Anthony, Sara Brown, Veronique DeMargary, Hillary Mwelwa, Charlise Rookwood (background vocals).
Five years passed between Maysa's self-titled debut album of 1995 and her next solo effort, All My Life. While Maysa ranged from decent to excellent, this consistently excellent CD is even stronger: more focused and more confident, yet more chance taking, more diverse, and totally unpredictable. All My Life gets off to a jazzy, Sade-ish start with "Got to Be Strong," which should please quiet storm enthusiasts. But Maysa, much to her credit, turns the album into a real R&B roller coaster by providing everything from club-friendly deep house on "Pressure" and "Hooked on Your Love" to hypnotic, British-sounding acid jazz on "Sunshine" and "Mirrors." And the singer really soars on an irresistible house interpretation of "The Bottle," Gil Scott-Heron's 1970s commentary on alcoholism in the inner city. So is the big-voiced Maysa really a dance diva at heart? A jazzy quiet storm/smooth jazz singer? A retro-soul belter? All My Life gives the impression that she's all of those things and more, and it's clearly among the finest, most exciting R&B releases of 2000. ~ Alex Henderson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 12, 2003

Genre: Smooth

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

Label Name: N-Coded Music

UPC: 5019421231325

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All My Life

All My Life

Performers Maysa (R&B)

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 12, 2003

Genre: Smooth

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

Label Name: N-Coded Music

UPC: 5019421231325


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Personnel: Maysa (vocals); Bluey (acoustic & electric guitars); Tim Canfield, Jim Mullen (guitar); Chris DeMargary (flute, soprano & tenor saxophones); Ed Jones (alto & tenor saxophones); Dominic Glover (trumpet, fulgelhorn); Winston Rollings, Matt Coleman (trombone); Gary Sanctuary (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, vibraphone); Victor Redwood (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Graham Harvey, Daniel "Venom" Maunick, Ski Oakenful (keyboards, programming); Randy Hope-Taylor, Julian Crampton, Orfeo Orakwue, Richard Molyneux (bass); Richard Bailey (drums); Thomas Dyani-Akuru (percussion); Alex Rizzo (programming); Mark Anthony, Sara Brown, Veronique DeMargary, Hillary Mwelwa, Charlise Rookwood (background vocals).
Five years passed between Maysa's self-titled debut album of 1995 and her next solo effort, All My Life. While Maysa ranged from decent to excellent, this consistently excellent CD is even stronger: more focused and more confident, yet more chance taking, more diverse, and totally unpredictable. All My Life gets off to a jazzy, Sade-ish start with "Got to Be Strong," which should please quiet storm enthusiasts. But Maysa, much to her credit, turns the album into a real R&B roller coaster by providing everything from club-friendly deep house on "Pressure" and "Hooked on Your Love" to hypnotic, British-sounding acid jazz on "Sunshine" and "Mirrors." And the singer really soars on an irresistible house interpretation of "The Bottle," Gil Scott-Heron's 1970s commentary on alcoholism in the inner city. So is the big-voiced Maysa really a dance diva at heart? A jazzy quiet storm/smooth jazz singer? A retro-soul belter? All My Life gives the impression that she's all of those things and more, and it's clearly among the finest, most exciting R&B releases of 2000. ~ Alex Henderson
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