163

Dionne Warwick: My Friends and Me

Chris M. Slawecki By

Sign in to view read count
Dionne Warwick: My Friends and Me
Primarily known as the soft, supple voice in front of so many classics written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Warwick here enters the popular "Duets arena by revisiting most of that catalog in the company of other female artists. It took more than "Wishin' and Hopin' to transform this concept into a worthwhile listen (though that song bubbles with Olivia Newton-John's still-adorable voice); some solid singing from some surprising, distant corners of the pop realm did.

It opens and closes with a bow toward Latin music, as Gloria Estefan carries her blues like a burden in "Walk on By while "Do You Know the Way to San Jose receives the most dramatic facelift, transformed with Celia Cruz into a six-minute Latin carnival that explodes with familiar colors and rhythms on piano, percussion, and trombone.

Gladys Knight throws the full power of her gospel/soul background behind "I'll Never Love This Way Again, raising the roof with her final chorus; in contrast, like a seasoned prize fighter, Warwick more discriminately picks her spots, treading wearily yet wisely through the line "A fool will lose tomorrow reaching back for yesterday as if she truly knows in economical and almost half-spoken, conversational yet emotive phrasing.

Reba McEntire graces "I Say a Little Prayer with down-home country-gal charm, snapping off her lines as sugary and sharp as a fresh piece of mint chewing gum. The McEntire track is nicely programmed to lead right into "Anyone Who Had a Heart with Wynonna Judd. On this set's darkest, most melancholy and perhaps most meaningful track, Judd finds strength through enduring the pain of the lyrics. Wisely, Warwick lets Judd carry most of the emotional and musical weight.

"Close to You (with Mya) and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (with Kelis) seem more like pointed lessons; Warwick demonstrates the difference between simply giving voice to a lot of notes and truly singing. Ironically, the one song that Warwick revisits alone on this album full of retrospection is a new version of "Déjà Vu, in which she seems to struggle against instead of float along with its currents.

Track Listing

Walk on By; Message to Michael; Close to You; I

Personnel

Dionne Warwick: vocals; Grecco Burratto: guitar; Teddy Harmon: bass, keyboards, programming; Damon Elliott: keyboards, drums, programming; Gloria Estefan: vocals; Cyndi Lauper: vocals; Mya: vocals; Gladys Knight: vocals; Kelis: vocals; Reba McEntire: vocals; Wynonna Judd: vocals; Lisa Tucker: vocals; Olivia Newton-John: vocals; Cheyenne Elliott: vocals; Angie Stone: vocals; Chante Moore: vocals; Deborah Cox: vocals; Da Brat: vocals; Celia Cruz: vocals.

Album information

Title: My Friends and Me | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Concord Music Group

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Featured Video

Paper Doll
Featuring the music of Kathy Ingraham

Premium

Marcos Milagres

bass, acoustic

Contest Giveaway

Summit Records Contest Giveaway

ELIGIBLE WINNERS: 5
DAYS REMAINING: 18

Prize: Summit Records Contest Giveaway

Sponsored by Summit Records

Sign in to enter

Weekly newsletter

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.

Shop Amazon

More

Read How To turn the Moon
How To turn the Moon
Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell
Read The Path
The Path
Chien Chien Lu
Read Golden Daffodil
Golden Daffodil
Leslie Beukelman
Read Message from Groove and GW
Message from Groove and GW
The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band
Read Duos & Trios
Duos & Trios
Armaroli - Schiaffini - Sjostrom
Read Hard Bop
Hard Bop
Eric Binder
Read How Can We Wake?
How Can We Wake?
Josephine Davies
Read Blue Has A Range
Blue Has A Range
Steve Cardenas

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.