Before Me

Before Me

by Gladys Knight



At a time when most of her contemporaries are satisfied reliving their glory years to appreciative audiences in casinos and theaters, Gladys Knight continues her refusal to be pigeonholed as a soul singer. With 2000's At Last, she returned to the mainstream R&B circuit with a session of adult contemporary R&B that was equally accessible and refreshing, and with 2005's One Voice she collaborated with the Saints Unified Voices for a fiery gospel and praise record. So this time around, Knight recruited legendary producer Phil Ramone and an impressive lineup of jazz musicians to record an album of jazz ballads and standards that influenced her during the formative years of her singing career. At first, the prospect of Knight's soulful, gritty vocal styles taking on some of jazz's greatest moments may be a questionable proposal for jazz purists, but all hesitation can be safely swept aside during the album's opening moments, a fantastic rendition of the Ellington classic "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me." Gone are the grit and raspy nature of Knight's voice, and in their place is a smooth, sultry set of vocal cords safely in control of the delivery of the material. Every single song here is already a bona fide hit, and Knight does them all justice in a way few soul singers could. Wonderfully relaxing, classy, and pleasantly void of vocal histrionics, Before Me is another important chapter and highlight in a career that is chock-full of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498509616
catalogNumber: 000622502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gladys Knight   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Roy Hargrove   Flugelhorn,Soloist
David Mann   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano
Russell Malone   Guitar
Steve Wilson   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Rickey Woodard   Tenor Saxophone
Sid Page   Violin
Elena Barere   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Chris Botti   Trumpet,Soloist
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Lee Callet   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ronald Clark   Violin
Jeff Clayton   Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
John Clayton   Bass,Conductor
Larry Corbett   Celli
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joel Derouin   Violin
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Keith Fiddmont   Tenor Saxophone
David Finck   Bass
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Crystal Garner   Viola
Carrie Holzman-Little   Viola
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Eugene J. Moye   Celli
Jan Mullen   Violin
Ira Nepus   Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Porcaro   Percussion,Cymbals,Vibes
Jim Pugh   Tenor Trombone
Mark Orrin Shuman   Celli
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Evan Wilson   Viola
Krista Bennion Feeney   Violin
Sarah Adams   Viola
Christoph Luty   Bass
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Charles Pillow   Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Voymant   Trombone
Rudy Stein   Celli
Lawrence Glazener   Bass
Vince Lionti   Viola
Tamir Hendelman   Piano,fender rhodes
Mark McLean   Drums
George Flynn   Bass Trombone
Billy Childs Trio   Piano,Conductor
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
James Ford   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Desiree Elsevier   Viola
Charles Owens   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Michelle Richards   Violin
Dan Tobin Smith   Celli
Catherine Ro   Violin
Gail Kruvand Moye   Bass
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
John Clayton   Arranger,String Arrangements
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Ron Weisner   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Chris Walden   Orchestration
Ted Koehler   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger,String Arrangements
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer

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Before Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest singer ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is 1# i love it.
ktownkid More than 1 year ago
Loved Gladys Knight's voice as part of Gladys Knight & The Pips, and love her voice even more now. Before Me is a very, very good CD, which showcases Ms. Knight's wonderful musical range and talent. It's well worth adding to your music collection!