Missing You

Missing You

by Peabo Bryson


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By calling this comeback album Missing You, veteran soul balladeer Peabo Bryson turns the tables on those who, he hopes, have been missing him. His 20th album, it is his first non-holiday studio recording of new material in eight years, since Private Music took Unconditional Love to number 75 in Billboard's R&B chart in 1999. The 56-year-old has not been inactive by any means since then, but he has not interested the major labels, which moved on to younger, hipper lovermen. The first question with a new album for such a performer is to what extent he may have felt it necessary to accommodate himself to new styles, but that question is to some extent answered in advance by noting that he chose to align himself with Peak Records, a label known for smooth jazz. Missing You is not without its contemporary touches, notably in the computer-generated rhythm tracks. But Bryson is not really out to compete with Usher and R. Kelly for the hearts of teenagers here. There are no guest rappers, and the hip-hop elements are kept to a minimum; Missing You is an album intended primarily for Bryson's existing fan base and secondarily for smooth jazz fans. Presumably, there are quite a few of the former who will recall the 45 songs Bryson placed in the R&B singles charts between 1976 and 1993. They are likely to revel in the familiar combination of proclamations of undying love like "Count on Me" and "I Promise I Do" and laments of lost love like "Missing You" and "Don't Make Me Cry." Smooth jazz fans, meanwhile, will welcome the guest appearances by Boney James ("Don't Make Me Cry"), Norman Brown ("10,000 Reasons"), and Paul Taylor (a cover of Angela Bofill's "I Try"). Other notable instrumentalists are producer Barry J. Eastmond, who plays piano on the title song, and Bryson himself, who handles a lead acoustic guitar part on "To Love About." This is material the singer will have no problem integrating into a stage act dominated by his greatest hits, and it should be welcomed by those who enjoyed his earlier work. It may have been a long time between albums, but musically Bryson acts as though no time at all has passed.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072302334
catalogNumber: 30233
Rank: 67290

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peabo Bryson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Lead
Bobby Lyle   Piano,Keyboards
Boney James   Saxophone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Barry J. Eastmond   Piano,Strings,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Dwight Watkins   Background Vocals
Regina Troupe   Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass
Nate Phillips   Bass
Marc Freeman   Strings,Keyboards
Clark Anderson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Paul Taylor Choristers   Alto Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Angela Bofill   Composer
Peabo Bryson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Bobby Lyle   Producer,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Britt   Composer
Norman Connors   Producer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,drum programming
Martin Kember   Composer
Jack Kugell   Composer
Sonny Mediana   Art Direction
Dennis Moody   Engineer
David Rideau   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Engineer
Allan Rich   Composer
Regina Troupe   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Blake Eiseman   Programming
Andi Howard   Executive Producer
Glenn Matullo   Engineer
Marc Freeman   Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Eric "Ebo" Butler   String Contractor
Clark Anderson   Composer
Ledisi Young   Composer
Jason Pennock   Composer
Sundra "Sun" Manning   Composer
Peter Stengaard   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Rick DeVarona   Engineer
Aaron Holton   Engineer

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