Brenda Russell: Two Eyes (1983)

As close to perfection as she ever got, in my humble opinion.

As always, the cast of musicians is exemplary, you couldn’t ask for a better cast of backing vocalists, although why Michael McDonald didn’t help out in that department remains a mystery. The tunes are brilliant, written mostly by Brenda herself, other than four occasions when Bill LaBounty, Dave Grusin, Michael McDonald and David Foster helps out (on the sublime ‘It’s Something’).

As you would expect, all the performances are of the top order and Brenda is in fine voice, as always. Smoothness abounds.

Cover

Producer: Tommy LiPuma

Musicians:
Drums: John Robinson
Guitars: David Williams, Dean Parks
Bass: Nathan East
Piano: Bill LaBounty, David Foster
Keyboards: Leon Pendarvis, Michael McDonald, Don Grusin
Synthesizers: James Newton Howard, Robbie Buchanan, David Foster
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
Harmonica: Stevie Wonder
Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams, Bill Reichenbach
Background Vocals: Pattie Brooks, Rita Coolidge, Randy Crawford, Christopher Cross, Joe Esposito, Donny Gerrard, James Ingram, Al Jarreau, Bill LaBounty

Tracklist:
1. I Want Love To Find Me
2. It’s Something
3. Hello People
4. Two Eyes
5. Stay Close
6. Jarreau
7. New York Bars
8. I’ll See You Again
9. Look Down, Young Soldier

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