Chill (Remastered) Lenny Williams

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Label: Omnivore Recordings

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

Interpret: Lenny Williams

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  • 1Chill05:01
  • 2Baby, You Caught My Eye04:39
  • 3Sara Smile04:59
  • 4Driftin'04:07
  • 5Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now05:30
  • 6It Could Have Been You04:33
  • 7Has Anybody Seen My Heart05:01
  • 8Baby Take It Off05:10
  • 9No One's Ever Loved Me03:58
  • 10Sentimental04:14
  • 11I Do04:30
  • 12There's No Hiding Place04:13
  • Total Runtime55:55

Info zu Chill (Remastered)

Digitally remastered. 1994 release from the lead singer of Tower Of Power and lead vocalist on Kenny G's "Don't Make Me Wait For Love'. The album contains originals from Williams, Glass, and other Duotones contributors, as well as covers of hits by Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Sara Smile") and McFadden & Whitehead ("Ain't No Stopppin' Us Now"). Chill returns after being out of print on CD for 30 years. Featuring fresh remastering and updated artwork including new liner notes from Producer and journalist Kevin L. Goins, there has never been a better time to just Chill.

From these major hip-hop & rap artists began sampling his work. In 1994 he issued a new 11th solo LP originally produced by Preston Glass (keys/sitar/bgv). This became Chill – (Omnivore/Platinum Group/Soul Music Records/Drops Feb. 23/56:00) a set out of print for 30 years now repackaged & remastered with 12 soulful/R&B sides from the Marathon & Bellmark/Life labels.

This kind of set is often anchored in emotional readings, with the music being in a sultry groove with fluid vibes sprinkled liberally throughout the melody lines. Williams has a warm silky vocal approach more in the Angelo Bond, Billy Paul & Donny Hathaway vintage than, say, Barry White who was too bedroom-oriented. All of this is born from the late Sam Cooke & maybe even early Johnny Mathis.

The tune “Chill,” is well-balanced but “Baby, You Caught My Eye,” might be a little too syrupy. Williams’ vocal projection is rich & serene but drum programming & the reliance on falsetto turns on a lukewarm tap. The song itself isn’t bad but a need to pull up a little on the line to land this fish is needed. More horns possibly? I know the soul audience embraces falsetto, but I like Lenny’s dazzling natural voice & he has passion in his tone. He uses it well in “Has Anybody Seen My Heart.”

Lenny Williams, vocals
Dave Kaffinetti, keyboards
Larry Batiste, keyboards
Ira Walker, programming
Rick Ballentine, keyboards, drum programming, arrangement
Alan Glass, keyboards, drum programming, arrangement
Greg Gonaway, drums, percussion
Louis Biancaniello, multi-instrumentalists
Mike Mani, multi-instrumentalists
Preston Glass, multi-instrumentalists
Felton Pilate, multi-instrumentalists
Lenny & Lonnell Williams, duet vocals
David Patterson, soprano saxophone
John Seppato, keyboards
Dee Spencer, keyboards
Dooney Jones, programming, arrangement, keyboards
Claytove, programming, arrangement, keyboards
Kevin Scoff, bass
Curtis Nutrall, drums
David Landon, guitar
Vernon Black, guitar
Ira Walker, programming
Larry Batiste, programming, arrangement
Dennis Wellington, programming, arrangement

Digitally remastered

Lenny Williams
The ultimate soul crooner, Oakland, California native Lenny Williams possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. With his rich, passionate vocal style, he is rightfully regarded as one of R & B’s most influential soul men. Williams began his musical career making records that have subsequently become R & B and Pop classics, tunes like the mega-hit “Cause I Love You” (recorded on his solo album) and “So Very Hard To Go,” which he recorded as the lead singer for Tower of Power. Lenny Williams' style has transcended into the new millennium, influencing many of today’s newest R & B and Pop vocalists.

Lenny himself sounds better than ever as he continues to keep the focus on love. “Love is what has gotten me through all of these years. I look for love and I surround myself with it,” Lenny says. When it comes to singing love songs, one must “go there to know there,” and Lenny never left. He is able to take the listener to the heart of love with such soulful aplomb because love will never go out of style and no one does it better.

Then...Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Lenny moved to Oakland at a very young age. Learning to play the trumpet in elementary school fueled his interest in music. Lenny’s skills as a vocalist were first nurtured by singing in gospel choirs and groups around the Bay Area, where he was in good company, working alongside up-and-coming artist Sly Stone, Andre Crouch, Billy Preston and members of the Hawkins family--Edwin, Walter and Tramaine.

After winning several local talent contests, Williams signed his first record deal with Fantasy Records. He cut two singles for the label, including “Lisa’s Gone,” now regarded as an R & B classic among British soul music lovers, and “Feelin Blue,” written by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Lenny then spent a brief time with Atlantic Records, before deciding to put his solo career on hold in 1972, when he joined the emerging funk band Tower of Power. A string of hits ensued, including “So Very Hard To Go,” and “Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle of The Stream),” written by Lenny Williams and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. During his two years with the group, Lenny participated in three milestone albums, the Gold LP Tower Of Power, Back To Oakland, and Urban Renewal, while touring non-stop throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

At the end of 1975, Lenny returned to his solo projects. Initially signing with Motown in 1972, he later moved to ABC Records in 1977 (which was then purchased by MCA Records in 1979). Over the next four years, Lenny scored ten charted hits, including “Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh,” “Choosing You,” “You Got Me Running,” “Love Hurt Me Love Healed Me,” and “Midnight Girl.” Lenny recorded four more albums from 1977 to 1980-- Choosing You, his first gold LP, Spark of Love, Love Current, and Let’s Do It Today. These albums established a solid and loyal following for Lenny, and the impact of his music can still be felt, particularly the mega-hit “Cause I Love You”, from Spark Of Love. This song crosses generational boundaries, and has frequently been used on “old school” and “slow jam” compilations throughout the years.

In 1986, Lenny was invited to sing vocals on “Don’t Make Me Wait For Love,” a track from superstar sax man Kenny G’s multimillion selling album Duo Tones. When released as a single in 1987, the song became a Top 20 Pop and R & B hit.

Now...Over the past few years, Lenny has continued his solo career, touring the US, Europe and South Africa. In 2004 and 2005, Lenny and Kanye West were honored recipients of the BMI Songwriters Award for the song “Over Night Celebrity,” recorded by rapper Twista. In the Summer of 2018, Lenny's smooth tones were on display in the song “I Love My Momma,” a collaboration with superstar rapper Snoop Dogg, featured on the popular HBO miniseries Sharp Objects. Over the years, he has shared stages with Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, K-Jon, Anthony Hamilton, The Whispers, Rick James, Boney James, Bobby Womack, The Ohio Players, Al Green, Usher and Frankie Beverly and Maze. Lenny has also expanded his multi-dimensional career to include acting, starring in several popular stage plays. As an icon of the past and the present, Lenny Williams continues to expand his musical prowess and flex his newly-found acting skills. He is sure to continue wowing his fans in the United States and beyond for decades to come. Now a Doctor, since receiving his honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Lenny Williams has the right musical prescription to soothe real music lovers.

“I’m going to continue to evolve and grow as I learn and experiment lyrically and musically. I’ve been doing this for a long time now and I’ve been watching all of the changes going on in the music business. I have my own label now (Bridle Ridge Records); let me do my thing,” Lenny says. Yes, indeed, music lovers everywhere want him to do those things that he is the musical master of. Like a flowering perennial, prolific soul man Lenny Williams is always prepared for the spotlight that he belongs in.

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