Out of print for many years, Dionne Warwick's two '90s concept albums for Arista Records, much in demand by her audience worldwide!
* Global music legend DIONNE WARWICK had been a hitmaker at Arista Records for over a decade when label head Clive Davis suggested she record an entire album of songs from the timeless catalogue of Cole Porter, considered one of the 20th century’s most prolific and much-loved composers.
* Davis and Warwick agreed that producer/arranger Arif Mardin (best known for his superb work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, the Average White Band and many others) would provide the perfect production for the 1990 concept album.
* With Dionne’s distinctive vocals at the fore, the album includes many of Porter’s classics such as “Night And Day” (a song Dionne heard when growing up in New Jersey thanks to her father, a big fan of the composer’s work), “You’re The Top,” “It’s All Right With Me” and “Anything Goes.” The jazz version of “Night And Day” features Grover Washington Jr. and Stanley Jordan.
* By 1994, Dionne had made Brazil her second home following a longtime love affair with the country, its people and its music that began in the ‘60s and in tribute, she recorded AQUARELA DO BRASIL (“Watercolours Of Brazil”).
* Dionne worked with producer Teo Lima and surrounded herself with the some of the best musicians in Brazil including Dori Caymmi and Oscar Castro-Neves, recording compositions by Antonio Carlos Jobim among others. The rhythm tracks and vocals were cut in Rio, lending a completely authentic feel to the album, tracks from which are always included in Warwick’s live shows the world over.
* Notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan include 2010 quotes from Dionne Warwick herself, who considers these among her finest works, and Kirk Bonin, Soul Music.com contributor and former Arista Records executive
* Both albums have been out of print for many years and are constantly requested at Warwick’s concerts worldwide.
About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.