Niki Nana

Niki Nana

by Yanni


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For those of you who thought synthesist extraordinaire Yanni could compose only for the soft spoken WAVE format, you might want to think again. Yanni thanks John Tesh in the liner notes, and much of this solid work is reminiscent of Tesh's Garden City -- that is, lots of sweet, upbeat synth textures perfect for an oceanfront drive, such as the brassy "Running Time" and the upbeat "Human Condition." There are a few mellow, pretty tunes like "Quiet Man," but then there is the exciting hornwork of Nolan Smith Jr. on "Dance with a Stranger," and the intriguing soundscape textures on "Nightbird." The best track is the Brazilian flavored title cut, which features a strong bass groove, percussion, and vocals reminiscent of those on Sergio Mendes' best work. Though Yanni has forever been bound to the new age format despite his amazing success, the best cuts on this album put him smack dab in the middle of the smooth jazz realm. Take the Yanni challenge with this one. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1989
Label: Private Music
UPC: 0010058205623
catalogNumber: 2056


  1. Niki Nana (We're One)  -  Yanni
  2. Dance with a Stranger  -  Yanni
  3. Running Time  -  Yanni
  4. Someday  -  Yanni
  5. Human Condition  -  Yanni
  6. First Touch  -  Yanni
  7. Nightbird  -  Yanni
  8. Quiet Man  -  Yanni

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yanni   Primary Artist
Joaquin Lievano   Guitar
Charlie Adams   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Venette Gloud   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carolyn Johnson-White   Vocals
Joseph Powell   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ralph Rickert   Flugelhorn
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nolan Andrew Smith   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tim Stone   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillie   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terry Young   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Spiro Katsamagas   Bouzouki

Technical Credits

Peter Baumann   Producer
Yanni   Producer,Engineer
Morgan Ames   Vocal Arrangements
Hank Cicalo   Engineer,Contributor
Russell Brower   Sound Effects

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