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The résumé of bassist Nathan East ranges from work with Barbara Streisand and Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson. Nonetheless, this self-titled effort is his first album under his own name. Not surprisingly, a lot of his pals stop by to lend a hand. This means Stevie Wonder plays harmonica on his own classic “Overjoyed” and Michael McDonald sings a soulful big band version of the Van Morrison classic “Moondance.” Vocalist Sara Bareilles stands out as well when she adds her considerable pipes to the orchestral “I Can Let Go Now.” Elsewhere, the bassist brings the vibe down for the celestial “Letter from Home,” the Brazilian-flavored “SeveNate,” and the orchestral jazz of “Moodswing.” Riding high from his appearance on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memory, East and Ray Parker Jr. put their own smooth jazz spin on the French band's Eurofunk-disco with “Daft Funk.” If that weren't enough, the smoldering new version of “Can’t Find My Way Home” includes Eric Clapton. Really, this is like a highlights reel for one of the best and most versatile bassists in the business.

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In the pre-release streaming I’m listening to, Nathan has produced a great eclectic 14 track winner. Full of swinging easy listening, latin, and ballads. The best are Michael McDonald in a sensational version of “Moon Dance”, an extended cover of “Sir Duke”, a great appearance by Sara Bareilles and a nod to “Daft Punk” and FourPlay. Highly Recommended!

In a word...

...beautiful. Simply relaxing. Even the jazz high band tinged "Moon Dance" with Michael McDonald. I'm guessing that's Stevie on "Overjoyed" since for whatever reason you CAN'T get the album booklet on your iPad or iPhone (you all REALLY need to fix that. I frankly don't use my laptop that much, which was the purpose of the iPad, right? This LACK of convenience simply flies in the face of Apple as a leader in technology. Why it can't download to the PDF section of iBooks is beyond me!!! Sorry but that really ticks me off!!!).

Mr. East has hit just the right notes on this artistic smorgasbord of musical delights! Bravo.


This is really good.


Born: December 8, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nathan East has been active since the late '70s as one of the most prominent bassists in R&B, jazz, and pop. Born one of the seven children of Thomas and Gwendolyn East in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, East and his family moved to San Diego, California, when he was four years old to accommodate his father's aerodynamics engineering job. As a child, East pecked out familiar melodies on the family piano. He began playing the cello in his junior high school orchestra. At the age of 14, East switched to...
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