All My Life

All My Life

by Maysa


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2000
Label: Encoded Music
UPC: 0026656420924
catalogNumber: 4209
Rank: 160949

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maysa   Primary Artist
Ed Jones   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Maysa   Leader,Background Vocals
Thomas Dyani-Akuru   Percussion
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
Matt Coleman   Trombone
Simon Cotsworth   Recorder
Julian Crampton   Bass
Graham Harvey   Harpsichord,fender rhodes
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Guitar
Jim Mullen   Guitar
Winston Rollins   Trombone
Gary Sanctuary   Strings
Thomas Dyani   Percussion
Chris DeMargary   Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sara Brown   Background Vocals
Veronique DeMargary   Background Vocals
Dominic Glover   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Orefo Orakwue   Bass
Richard Molyneux   Bass

Technical Credits

Simon Cotsworth   Engineer
Carl Griffin   Executive Producer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Stephen King   Executive Producer

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