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Jon Lucien ‎– Rashida (1973)

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Jon Lucien ‎– Rashida (1973)

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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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