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Harlem, New York born and Grammy awarded singer Patti Austin was graced by tremendous success in her solo career. Especially during the 80's she had her most prolific hit making period. She worked with legends like Michael Jackson  (Off The Wall), George Benson (Moody's Mood for Love),  Luther Vandross (I'm Gonna Miss You In The Morning), Johnny Mathis (You Who Brought Me Love) or James Ingram (Baby, Come to Me).

She recorded seventeen studio albums. Her newest one is Sound Advice, which will be released this year at Shanachie Entertainment. ďSuperlatives just donít tell the story. Sure sheís an amazing singer, but itís the depth of feeling in Pattiís heart and soul that she expresses through her music Ė thatís what the whole world loves about Patti Austin,Ē says Danny Weiss, VP Jazz A&R for Shanachie Entertainment.

For additional information about this brilliant album read the notes below. When British pop and soul singer Des'ree released You Gotta Be in 1994, she never expected that this infectious song would have been so well received. Patti Austin soon recognized the potential of this song and presented it as her contribution to the 2003 album Church - Songs of Soul and Inspiration. Powered by the Fire Choir her rendition is a firework of Gospel music.

Patti Austin has written and recorded the Gospel hymn By The Grace Of God in support of the project against domestic violence. Vocals and piano in perfect harmony. Round And Round is one of the Pop enhanced songs, Patti has created together with keyboardist and producer Greg Phillinganes (Toto). Greg jazzed up the song with some auto-tune effects.

According to the chronicle books The Rolling Stones recorded You Canít Always Get What You Want with the London Bach choir, because a Gospel choir wasn't available at the time of the recording. Patti Austin now formed the originally intended version together with Lynne Fiddmont, Lamont Van Hook, and Fred White.

Paul McCartney wrote the title Let 'Em In for the Wings' album Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976), a reverence to his relationship. An easy going swinging song. Bob Dylan's Gotta Serve Somebody finds a special rendition on this album. Patti Austin and Greg Phillinganes show the world how this song has to sound.

Don McLean's tribute to Vincent van Gogh's work entitled Vincent was often covered. Patti Austin's more sophisticated approach searches the depth of Vincent's personality. From Brenda Russell's self-titled debut album (1979) Patti chooses A Little Bit Of Love, true musicianship honored by a kindred spirit.

Bill Withers' popular hit Lean On Me is newly interpreted in a more contemplative sense. The Jacksons' Give It Up received a fresh Brazilian twist. Paul Anka's My Way widely known by Frank Sinatra's rendition finds a new treat on Patti's album. Hopefully not her final curtain. Depeche Mode's signature song Enjoy The Silence is metamorphosed by Greg Phillinganes (keys) and Trevor Lawrence (perc) to something extraordinary.

Patti Austin's cover album Sound Advice is an outstanding project of an amazing singer, open-minded for popular styles in her own multi-textured way always reinventing her attitude to her craft.




 


 

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Title: Sound Advice
Artist: Patti Austin
Year: 2011
Length: 1:05:50
Genre: General R&B
Label: Shanachie


Tracks:

01 You Gotta Be [5:01]
02 By The Grace Of God [3:39]
03 Round And Round [4:32]
04 You Can't Always Get What You Want [7:13]
05 Let 'Em In [4:43]
06 Gotta Serve Somebody [8:14]
07 Vincent [6:32]
08 A Little Bit Of Love [4:40]
09 Lean On Me [6:42]
10 Give It Up [4:30]
11 My Way [5:19]
12 Enjoy The Silence [4:44]


1. You Gotta Be
(Desíree Weekes & Ashley Ingram, Sony/ATV Songs
LLC./BMI, Universal Music Careers/BMI)
P 2003 DMI Records, a division of DMI Music &
Media Solutions LLC
Piano, Organ & Keyboard:Tim Heintz
Bosendorfer piano & Keyboard: Greg Phillinganes
Drums: Ricky Lawson
Bass: Freddie Washington & John Robinson
Guitar: James Harrah
Percussion: Luis Conte
Background vocals: Fire Choir
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Tena Rix Clark
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

2. By The Grace Of God
(Patti Austin,Yippity Yippity Music/ASCAP)
Keyboards: Shelley Berg
Guitar: Dean Parks
Bass: Brian Bromberg
Drums: Gregg Field
Choir: Perri Sisters/Carolyn, Darlene & Lorraine,
Alvin Chea, Lamont Van Hook, Oren Waters, Fred
White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin, Shelly Berg and Gregg
Field

3. Round And Round
(Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes,Yippity Yippity
Music/ASCAP, King Arthur Musi1. c/ASCAP)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

4. You Canít Always Get What You Want
(Michael Jagger & Keith Richards,ABKCO Music,
Inc./BMI)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
Bass: Ian Martin
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

5. Let 'Em In
(Paul & Linda McCartney, MPL Communications,
LTD/ASCAP)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
Bass: Ian Martin
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

6. Gotta Serve Somebody
(Bob Dylan, Special Rider Music/SESAC)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
Bass: Ian Martin
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

7. Vincent
(Don McLean, Benny Bird Company, Inc./BMI, Songs
of Universal, Inc./BMI)
Piano: Shelley Berg
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin, Shelly Berg and Gregg
Field

8. A Little Bit Of Love
(Brenda Russell,Almo Music Corp./ASCAP)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
Bass: Ian Martin
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

9. Lean On Me
(Bill Withers, Interior Music Corp./BMI)
Piano: Greg Phillinganes
Guitar: Dean Parks
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
Drums: John Robinson
BG vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont, Lamont Van
Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Greg Phillinganes
Additional Production by Gregg Field

10. Give It Up
(Michael Jackson & Randy Jackson, Mijac Music/BMI
and Ranjack Music/BMI)
Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
Drums & Percussion:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Background vocals: Patti Austin, Lynne Fiddmont,
Lamont Van Hook, Fred White
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes

11. My Way
(Paul Anka, Claude Francois, Jacques Abel Jules
Revaud & Gilles Thibaut, Chrysalis Standards,
Inc./BMI)
Keyboards: Shelley Berg
Guitar: Dean Parks
Bass: Brian Bromberg
Drums: Gregg Field
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin, Shelly Berg and Gregg
Field

12. Enjoy The Silence
(Martin Lee Gore, EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./BMI)
Additional production by Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Keyboards & Bass: Greg Phillinganes
All Percussion & Cajon:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
Lead vocals by Patti Austin
Produced by Patti Austin & Greg Phillinganes
Arranged by Greg Phillinganes
Produced by: Patti Austin, Greg Phillinganes,
Gregg Field

Additional Production by:Trevor Lawrence, Jr.
& JoAnn Tominaga
Engineered by: Michael Frondelli, Ed Cherney,
Don Murray, Rich Niles

Recorded at:Vision Studios,Valencia CA,
Capitol Studios, Hollywood CA,The Village
Recorders,W. Los Angeles CA, G Studios,
Sherman Oaks CA

Additional Recording: Greene Room,Van Nuys
CA, NRG Studios, North Hollywood CA
Mixed by: Rich Niles at Vision Studios,Valencia
CA

Mastered by: Davy D at Bass Hit Recording,
NYC

A&R and Management: Barry Orms
Production Coordinator: JoAnn Tominaga
Package Design: Lorien Babajian
Photography:Albert Sanchez