What's Going On

What's Going On

by Everette Harp



Conventional contemporary wisdom says that performing covers of beloved pop classics is a cheap way to lure the curious. But when care is taken to create an entire imaginative tribute to a great artist, with no two arrangements alike, some latitude should be in order. On his eclectic reworking of all the songs on Marvin Gaye's legendary What's Going On, saxman Everette Harp happily genre-hops between Marvin-esque '70s soul (complete with wah-wah guitar), slow and steady blues, straight-ahead jazz, and hip-hop. As on his previous efforts, Harp reaches his most inspired moments by weaving his trademark edgy alto fire with his lesser-known but still potent talents on EWI and flute, most notably on the trancelike dreamscape of "Flyin' High." Not that he needs much help, but all-star contributions by George Duke, Kirk Whalum, and Najee lead to some of the set's most memorable jamming. In particular, Najee's flute and Harp's sax play a cunning game of cat and mouse on the Latin-flavored "Right On." The only time the name-dropping fails is on "Save the Children," where pretentious spoken vocals by Arsenio Hall and Dawnn Lewis detract from the seductive underlying textures.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724385306822
catalogNumber: 53068

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everette Harp   Primary Artist,Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals,EWI
Howard Hewett   Vocals,Track Performer
Kenny Loggins   Vocals,Track Performer
George Duke   Piano,Track Performer
Najee   Flute
Michael James   Strings
Yolanda Adams   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Bisharat   Strings
Kirk Carr   Choir, Chorus
Linsey Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Arsenio Hall   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Track Performer
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Strings
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Doc Powell   Guitar,Track Performer
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Larry Kimpel   Bass
Maxayn Lewis   Background Vocals
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Organ
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Wil Wheaton   Background Vocals
Fred White   Background Vocals
Don Wyatt   Piano
Troy Clark   Choir, Chorus
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Mark Hollingsworth   Baritone Saxophone
Yvette Williams   Choir, Chorus
Cassie Bonner   Background Vocals
Chaz Lamar   Choir, Chorus
Sherron Bennett   Choir, Chorus
Andrea McClurkin-Mellini   Choir, Chorus
Dawnn Lewis   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Iris Howse   Choir, Chorus
Jessie Campbell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Kirk Carr   Vocal Arrangements
Anna Gordy Gaye   Composer
Everette Harp   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger
Steve Sykes   Engineer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger,Orchestration
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Andy Goldsworthy   Sculpture
Paul Erickson   Engineer
Walter Canady   Contributor
Elgie Stover   Composer
James Nyx   Composer
J.R. Reynolds   Liner Notes

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