Greg Manning | The Calling

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The Calling

by Greg Manning

The convergence of jazz, funk, and soul combined with musical inspiration from artists such as, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock; and features the talents of acclaimed artist Keb'Mo', and smooth jazz artists Kirk Whalum and Mindi Abair.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. Groovin'
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4:00 album only
2. Nick Of Time
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4:16 album only
3. The Calling
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4:39 album only
4. Yeke Yeke Yo
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4:34 album only
5. After The Rain
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3:31 album only
6. It's Me
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4:01 album only
7. Shine A Light
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3:53 album only
8. Mountain View
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4:22 album only
9. Wayman
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4:09 album only
10. Tribal Sphere
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5:13 album only
11. Coming & Going
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2:32 album only
12. The Prayer
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3:43 album only
13. Sunday Morning
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14. Home
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Album Notes
Written by Hans-Bernd Hülsmann

He is the internationality in person. Born in Nigeria Greg Manning grew up in Switzerland. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles but still keep contact to the land of his youth. So he is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and Keb' Mo' just to mention a few.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999 and is unfortunately unavailable anymore. By chance I became aware of his new album The Calling, which was released in April 2010.

Greg's new album features Mindi Abair, André Berry, Patrick Bettison, Tom Evans, Keb' Mo', Jimmy Reid, Kirk Whalum and Terry Wollman among others. Greg wrote, arranged, mixed and produced all songs except Nick Of Time.

The Calling starts with the fulminate Groovin' featuring attractive Mindi Abair in her prominent role as raising sax star. Mindi recently entered the charts with her new album In Hi-Fi Stereo (2010). Also on the party Columbia University graduated jazz vocalist Dawn Norfleet, who we'll certainly see again.

Bonnie Raitt wrote Nick Of Time in 1989 for her same-titled album, her personal break-through. With great taste for fine music art Greg chooses this song for featured saxophonist Jimmy Reid. Greg's arrangement has thanks to Jimmy's emotional interpretation and the choir background a real Gospel flavor.

The Calling presents Patrick Bettison on chromatic harmonica. If it is the harmonica, the bass or African percussion Patrick always impresses with his personal musical intensity. Yeke Yeke Yo is Greg's orchestral approach with influences of African percussion. Colorful and picturesque.

On After The Rain guitarist Keb’ Mo', a living blues legend, showcases his bluesy finger style. Greg always tailors a perfect song for each presented musician. On It's Me Greg Manning displays his pleasant-sounding personality. Jimmy Reid, Tom Evans and Greg blend into a fine arrangement.

The dynamic Shine A Light reveals another aspect of the musician Greg Manning. He is a supreme vocalist beside his excellent skills as keyboardist and programmer. With the cordial Mountain View Greg walks on the path of Dan Siegel, Jim Brickman and Richard Clayderman.

Wayman is Greg's tribute to the late Wayman Tisdale featuring André Berry on lead bass. André plays Wayman's signature slap bass reminding at this great musician. “The guy was always so happy, so positive, always had a smile, always made you feel great,” recently commented Peter White.

On Tribal Sphere Greg shows a jazzy excursion into world music and jazz fusion in the style of Joe Zawinul. Excellent sax and keyboard work! With the interlude Coming & Going Greg mirrors his thoughts on solo piano.

The romantic ballade The Prayer unites Terry Wollman on acoustic guitar with Greg's piano performance. An awesome melody seamlessly played. The lazy moment of a sunny Sunday, Greg catch this mood in Sunday Morning. Final tune of this brilliant album is Home featuring sax legend Kirk Whalum, who will release a tribute album to Donny Hathaway next month.

Greg Manning's The Calling shines brightly. Give this album a listen, it's without no doubt worth to spend some of your precious time.


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Speaking Without Words...
It's been nearly four years since I fell in love with the music of Soul-Jazz artist Greg Manning . He is an extremely gifted artist that has taken his life’s experiences and translated them into a phenomenal journal of tunes that speak without words.

There are very few CDs that nestle deeply into my soul and speak, as does this wonderful CD, THE CALLING. From the sultry title track, “The Calling;” to the exquisite marriage of jazz and orchestral instrumentation of “Yeke Yeke Yo;” to the funky and precise tune of “Wayman,” which was inspired by the late Wayman Tisdale; to the soulful and rhythmically driven “Tribal Sphere;” to the melodic rendition of “Home,” featuring Grammy-nominated artist Kirk Whalum, and the beautiful and spiritual tune, “The Prayer,” featuring talented guitarist Terry Wollman, this album has depth, texture, and timbre that is not only the epitome of soul-jazz, but is soul-jazz at its best!.

THE CALLING is not just another CD, but a journey. It’s a CD that can be formed into whatever you need while maintaining its shape and structure. THE CALLING stretches ones musical comfort zone, without drifting off the path of its intended purpose; it’s just that excellent. It is very difficult to have just one favorite, as all 14 tunes are masterfully crafted! Greg’s background vocals are rich and nearly hypnotic. The instrumentation is

I highly recommend this CD! Kudos to Soul-Jazz artist Greg Manning! THE CALLING is truly Soul-Jazz at its best!