Between the Sun and the Moon

Between the Sun and the Moon

by Brenda Russell


Every handful of years, the soulful honey-voiced vocalist and brilliant songwriter puts out a solid adult-oriented collection with likable tunes that seek to equal the success of her oft-played classics "Piano in the Dark" and "Get Here" (popularized by Oleta Adams). Her Narada Jazz debut throws a few lush, emotionally resonant candidates in the ring, including the spiritually uplifting inspirations "The Message" and "Let Somebody Know," both of which go down easy and allow her to show off her emotional vocals. But Russell is most effective when she waxes exotic, as on the wildly percussive samba-flavored opener, "Make You Smile" (a Top Ten U.K. smooth jazz hit even before the album's release Stateside) and, even more delightfully, on the African-tinged title track. "Between the Sun and the Moon" begins with jungly soundscaping and a native choir accenting lyrics about what we may find in the shadows. Then guest star Patti Austin chimes in (or rather, rushes in with a joyful hurricane force) on some verses, and the tune builds on various vocal textures before exploding into a rolling uptempo fiesta, with Austin going wild, doing her Ella-like vocal scatting (trading fours with the choir). There's a late-night jazz edge on a few other tracks, and "It's a Jazz Day" pays loving and humorous homage to traditional cats and smooth jazz stars alike. A good overview of Russell's multitude of talents, this album will make her fans hungry for healthier doses of her world music grooving next time out.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2004
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724386620422
catalogNumber: 66204

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brenda Russell   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Patti Austin   Vocals
Michael James   Guitar
Ed Jones   Saxophone
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Gary Barnacle   Flute,Saxophone
John Barnes   Multi Instruments
Stephen Bray   Drums
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Mark Cawley   fender rhodes
Luis Conte   Percussion
Matt Cooper   Bass,Keyboards
Joey Diggs   Background Vocals
Cassio Duarte   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Russell Ferrante   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Lee Hamblin   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
James Harrah   Guitar
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law   Drums,Keyboards
Mark Ledford   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Moyes Lucas   Drums
Wayne Linsey   Bass
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Guitar
Scott Mayo   Tenor Saxophone
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Hamish Stuart   Background Vocals
Joe T. Vannelli Project   Keyboards,Vibes,fender rhodes
Thomas Dyani   Percussion
Stephan Oberhoff   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,fender rhodes
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Bass,Keyboards
Nichol Thompson   Trombone
Dominic Glover   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brenda Marie Eiger   Background Vocals
Tyrone Henry   Background Vocals
Graeme Flowers   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Victor Redwood Sawyerr   Bass,Keyboards
Fred White   Background Vocals
Brenda Marie Eager   Background Vocals
Joseph Ross   Guitar
Jochem van der Saag   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Sampling
Richard Bailey   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Patti Austin   Arranger,Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Brenda Russell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Peter Manning Robinson   Executive Producer
Bunny Hull   Composer
John Barnes   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Scott Blockland   Engineer
Stephen Bray   Producer,Engineer
Mark Cawley   Composer
Matt Cooper   Composer
Simon Cotsworth   Engineer
Lee Hamblin   Composer,Producer
Simon "The Funky Ginger" Law   Composer,Producer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Lee Ritenour   Arranger,Producer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Joe T. Vannelli Project   Producer,Engineer
Daniel Maunick   drum programming
Stephan Oberhoff   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jack Ruben   Engineer
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   drum programming
Nichol Thompson   Horn Arrangements
Dominic Glover   Horn Arrangements
Victor Redwood Sawyerr   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Scott Blovkland   Engineer
Keith "Beatle" Price   Engineer
RonKat Spearman   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation,Sound Design

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