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A1 	Kuenda 	3:10
A2 	Would You Believe In Me 	2:35
A3 	Lady Love 	4:58
A4 	Luella 	3:50
A5 	Shana 	3:16
A6 	Satan 	3:37
B1 	Rashida 	6:08
B2 	The War Song 	3:18
B3 	Esperanza 	4:06
B4 	Love Everlasting 	3:13
B5 	Zenzile 	5:32

Pepper Adams 	Sax (Baritone)
Wayne Andre 	Trombone
Seymour Barab 	Celli
Ann Barak 	Viola
Garnett Brown 	Trombone
Ruth Bugginton 	Violin
Doris Carr 	Violin
Norman Carr 	Concert Master, Violin
Burt Collins 	Trumpet
Lew Del Gatto 	Oboe
J. Dupouy 	Viola
Paul Faulise 	Trombone (Bass)
Frank Malabe 	Congas, Percussion
Fred Buldrini 	Violin
Harry Glickman 	Violin
Joseph Goodman 	Violin
Dave Grusin 	Chimes, Composer, Conductor, Orchestration, Percussion, Piano (Electric)
Corky Hale 	Harp
Eric Harrigan, Jr. 	Drums
Max Holander 	Violin
Julian C. Barber 	Viola
Ray Kunicki 	Violin
Gloria Lanzerone 	Celli
Morty Lewis 	Flute, Piccolo, Sax (Tenor)
Jon Lucien 	Arranger, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocals
Guy Lumia 	Violin
Charles McCracken 	Celli
Lloyd Michels 	Trumpet
John Pintavalle 	Violin
Noel Pointer 	Soloist, Violin
George Ricci 	Celli
Alvin Rogers 	Violin
Annette Sanders 	Vocals (Background)
Harvey Shapiro 	Celli
Joe Shepley 	Trumpet
Marvin Stamm 	Trumpet
Gerald Tarack 	Violin
David Tofani 	Clarinet
Bill Watrous 	Trombone
Harry Zaratzian 	Viola 

 

Like Lucien's first effort (1970's I Am Now), Rashida didn't set the world on fire commercially speaking, but it solidified Lucien's status as a purveyor of intelligent romantic ballads and poetic if not gushy lyrics. Even to fans of jazz/R&B/pop, Lucien is a love or hate proposition, and Rashida was the effort that all but etched his persona in stone. Produced by Shep Meyers and Larry Rosen, Rashida, displays Lucien's soothing baritone and romantic nature with much aplomb. As the arranger here, he also shows an immense capacity for melodies. Although this album has a few clunky but danceable tracks, at this point Lucien was much better at handling the ballads. "Kuenda," a mellow, wordless vocal, sets the stage for the album's ambience; "Would You Believe in Me" benefits from Lucien's relentless poesy and a strong idiosyncratic horn arrangement. To a listener, Lucien no doubt might seem like an odd bird, (having a track called "Satan" doesn't help), but often when the arrangements and Lucien's vocals are in sync, he is simply one of the most focused and emotional balladeers to even step in front of a microphone. The title track has Lucien playing the tortured romantic with a cinematic, emotion-filled arrangement. On "Lady Love," the finest of his early songs, he sings, "Darling let me lay beside you, kiss my burning lips about you, for I'm a child of God." There's no two ways about it, you either like this stuff or you don't. "Love Everlasting" takes a more lighthearted approach with its breezy arrangement and sentiment. For his fans, Rashida is one of Lucien's best-loved albums and would be essential listening to those who are so inclined. ---AllMusic Review

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Jon Lucien – Premonition (1976) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2021-jon-lucien/7271-jon-lucien-premonition-1976.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2021-jon-lucien/7271-jon-lucien-premonition-1976.html Jon Lucien – Premonition (1976)

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A1 Hello Like Before
A2 IfI Could
A3 Spring's Arrival
A4 Mi Vida
B1 Laura play
B2 Gaku
B3 You Been Away Too Long
B4 And It All Goes Round And Round
B5 Child Of Love
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Dennis Budimir, Greg Puree Electric Guitar – David T. Walker, Ray Parker Bass – Jon Lucien, Russel Taylor, Chuck Rainey Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Piano [Acoustic], Synthesizer [Moog, Quafro] – Jon Lucien Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Richard Cummings, Bobby Lyle Piano – Mike Woford, Herbie Hancock Congas – Steve Thorton Drums – Harold Mason, Steve Gadd Piano – Mike Woford Soprano Saxophone – Wayne Shorter Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Justo Almario Concertmaster – Elliott Fisher, Norman Carr Flute – Jerome Richardson, Louise Ditallio French Horn – Earl Chapin, Jim Buffington, Peter Gordon (8), Robert Johnson (16) Harp – Dorothy Ashby, Gloria Agostini Percussion – Dave Carey Producer – Jon Lucien, Larry Rosen (tracks: A2 to B1) Remix – Pete Romano (tracks: A2 to B1), Steve Hodge (tracks: A1, B2 to B4) Trombone – Britt Woodman, Ed Kusby, Garnett Brown, Maurice Spears, Urbie Green, Wayne Andre Trumpet – Albert Aarons, Bobby Bryant, Bert Collins, Dalton Smith, Fred Jackson Jr., Jack Nimitz, Joe Shepley, Oscar Brashear Woodwind – Jerry Dodgion (tracks: A3, A5, B1), Ken Berger* (tracks: A3, A5, B1), Bobby Keller (tracks: A3, A5, B1)

 

Jon Lucien's fifth album was the last he'd make for quite some time, with just one more, 1982's Romantico, appearing in the 15 years following this 1976 release. In common with many a soul singer, or at least ones such as Lucien who had some ties to R&B, the mid-'70s found him moving into more muted and slicker sounds. Certainly it's less adventurous than the earlier albums upon which his reputation rests. The fusion-colored, adult contemporary-oriented approach is most prominent on the opening cover of Bill Withers' "Hello Like Before," and some other songs, like "If I Could" and "You Been Away Too Long," are sentimental even by the standards of an unabashed romantic like Lucien. Nevertheless, much of his idiosyncratic blend of soul, jazz, and Virgin Island spice remains, though it's an album for committed members of his cult, not one for curious newcomers to start with. The record does get less syrupy as it goes on, with "Mi Vida" adding some lively Caribbean-tinged jazz, rhythms, and whistles. "Gaku" employs some quite funky wah-wah, and flutters that recall effects on Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle." "Child of Love," a real pop-jazz standout, benefits greatly from the presence of Herbie Hancock on piano. ---Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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Jon Lucien – Song For My Lady (1975) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2021-jon-lucien/7345-jon-lucien-song-for-my-lady-1975.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/jazz/2021-jon-lucien/7345-jon-lucien-song-for-my-lady-1975.html Jon Lucien – Song For My Lady (1975)

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1. Soul Mate - 5:29
2. Dindi - 5:43
3. You Are My Love - 3:35
4. Creole Lady - 5:25
5. Song for My Lady - 4:17 play
6. Motherland - 4:54
7. Maiden Voyage - 5:48
8. Creole Lady - 5:25

Jon Lucien - Synthesizer, Clavichord, Vocals
Chuck Rainey - Bass
Cameron Brown - Bass
Dennis Budimir - Guitar (Electric)
Larry Bunker - Percussion
Mailto Correa - Conga
Dave Grusin - Keyboards
Richard Cummings - Piano (Electric)
Kebo Harrigan - Drums
Harvey Mason, Sr. - Drums
Steve Thornton - Percussion, Conga

 

This is Lucien's first album with Columbia. After making three albums for RCA in five years, he didn't attain superstar status, but this, as well as early-'70s efforts I Am Now, Rashida, and Mind's Eye made Lucien one of music's most respected though sluggishly selling acts. This 1975 effort deftly mixes cover versions of well-known songs as well as Lucien's always-creative originals. With a switch to a bigger, more influential label, the changes are minimal. The instrumentation and production are little more palpable, but not by much. The biggest difference here is Lucien's voice; it became warmer, more polished, and accessible. But while that looks great on paper, with an artist with a strong persona like Lucien, it's either going to be hit or miss. He is undoubtedly on his game here, and like the rest of his catalog, this is alternately eccentric and romantic. Due to the production and his focus, Song for My Lady became the album which all of his subsequent efforts were measured against. On his brilliantly arranged and sung cover of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi," Lucien uses all of his registers, from the high-pitched sighs to the croaky lows. His take on Bernard Ighner's "Motherland," however, went on for one minute too long. That being said, everything Lucien did on this effort was at least interesting. "Maiden Voyage" is a remake of Herbie Hancock's classic instrumental. Although "helping" a woman through her "first affair" wasn't hinted at on Hancock's original, Lucien saw a prime opportunity. With lyrics like "Time for your debut," and "Soon you'll cry, lovely things you'll say," Lucien was inspired enough to turn in one of his most assured and fulfilling vocals. He also succeeds with the uptempo offerings. "Soulmate" and "Creole Lady" both display odd production values and his almost naïve though likeable takes on love. The atmospheric title track has him crooning such lines as "Tell her that I care, tell her spring is here," like it's pure poetry. Song for My Lady didn't make Lucien a giant star, but it's simply one of the more visionary and satisfying albums of the jazz/R&B genre. ---Jason Elias, Rovi

 

Jon Lucien (January 8, 1942 – August 18, 2007) was born on the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands. Born Lucien Harrigan, and raised in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands by his musician father, Lucien was best known for his song "Rashida", the title track of an album released in 1973, and one of two Grammy nominated songs on that album. He was also well known for his cover of "Dindi" by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. His smooth baritone drew comparisons with Nat King Cole and Lou Rawls.

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