Michael Lington: Stay With Me (2004)
All you have to hear is the first single and the lead song, "Show Me," to see that Lington's shooting for the top. Its guitar intro and sax hook of the year make a bold statement. Just as good is "A New Day," a slow-tempo groove with another memorable sax hook. The most interesting song here is "Apasionada," which was written by Michael and Daniel Sembello. Michael Sembello is best known for his Flashdance hit "Maniac," but this song sounds like a movie theme you've had bouncing around in your head for a long time. It's an anthem, much like Gato Barbieri's "Europa (Earth's Cry)."
Elsewhere, "Pacifica" is a sunny Rippingtons-like slice of pop, "Two of a Kind" is slow funk featuring guitarist Chuck Loeb, "Call Me Late Tonight" is a tasty ballad featuring Paul Brown on the mixing board and on his guitar, and "Hey You" has a late 1970s vibe and Paul Jackson Jr.'s guitar. Lington closes the CD with a straightforward reading of Paul McCartney's "My Love," which is just good enough for a classic song.
Track Listing: Show Me; Don't Go; A New Day; Apasionada; Pacifica; Two of a Kind; Call Me Late Tonight; Hey You; Stay With Me; My Love
Personnel: Michael Lington, saxophones; Brian Culbertson, keyboards; Paul Jackson Jr., guitar; Paul Brown, guitar; Wendy Moten, vocals; Roberto Vally, keyboards and bass; DC, programming; Michael Thompson, guitar; Chuck Loeb, guitar; Alex Al, bass; Stephen Lu, keyboards; Nick Lane, trombone; Michael Sembello, keyboards and vocals
Record Label: Rendezvous