Tuesday, March 28, 2017

O'Donel Levy - 1976 - Windows

O'Donel Levy 
1976
Windows



01. Panama Red 6:31
02. I Believe In Miracles 5:43
03. Freedom And Good Times 5:27
04. I'll Sing From My Window 5:34
05. Moisturizer 6:15
06. Green Machine 5:15

Bass – Gary Grainger
Drums – Stafford Levy
Guitar, Written-By – O'Donel Levy
Percussion – Jimmy Maelen
Piano, Synthesizer – Charles Covington
Saxophone, Flute – David E. Smith, George Young, Lew Delgatto
Strings – Frederick Buldrini, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohan, Jesse Levy, Julian Baker, Norman Carr, Richard Locker, Richard Maximoff, Richard Sortomme, Tony Posk
Strings, Horns, Arranged By, Conductor – Brad Baker
Trombone – Barry Rogers, Joe Randazzo
Trumpet – Jimmy Wilson, Lewis M. Soloff, Randy Brecker
Vocals – Aleta Greene

Recorded at Track Studios (a.k.a. Track Recorders), Washington D.C., August 1976.
Overdubs and mixing at Media Sound Studios, August 1976.


Following on the heels of George Benson's crossover blockbuster Breezin', Windows casts O'Donel Levy in the same mainstream, fusion-inspired mold, complete with vocals. To Levy's credit, the album never feels like a sell-out bid, and if anything, the mellow context underscores the chromatic beauty of his singular guitar aesthetic. With its bold, lush arrangements, the album at times boasts a cinematic splendor calling to mind the blaxploitation sound. Inasmuch as funk is ever subtle, Windows is ripe with nuance and resonance, yet never falls prey to the sleepiness of smooth jazz.

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