Lost but not least! Aretha Franklin – It’s Just Your Love (Arista)
One of the greatest singers of all times, Aretha Franklin felt inclined to address herself to a reputedly younger audience by the beginning of the 80’s. For that she teamed up with producers Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller on the ‘Jump To It’ and ‘Get It Right’ albums.
Taken from the ‘Jump To It’ album, the soothing ‘It’s Just Your Love’ has unfortunately been widely overshadowed by her uptempo cuts such as the title track and ‘Love Me Right’. Eventually given a release as the flipside of the latter.
Certainly one of her most vibrant interpretations though, served by touching lyrics and an outstanding production. Featuring Luther Vandross and Cissy Houston among others in the backing vocals. But also Nat Adderley, Jr. on keyboards and Marcus Miller on bass. Not to mention George Duke in charge of the piano.
In other words, a dream team for a masterpiece.
Not that many artists happened to be producers in addition to their careers. And even less coming to do so with an alter ego. This is nevertheless what singer Luther Vandross and bassist Marcus Miller managed to do on many occasions.
Along with sound engineer Ray Bardani, they crafted an instantly recognizable signature. A sound one could hear for instance on Cheryl Lynn‘s ‘Instant Love’ album. But also Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Jump To It’ and ‘Get It Right’ albums. As on the major part of Vandross‘s repertoire.
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