Maxwell blackSUMMERS'night (2016)

blackSUMMERS'night (2016)

Maxwell

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Released on July 1, 2016 by Columbia

Main artist: Maxwell

Genre: R&B/Soul > Soul

Distinctions: Pitchfork: Best New Music (July 2016)

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:46:53

  1. 1 All the Ways Love Can Feel

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Kenneth Whalum III, Other, Saxophone - Hod David, Bass, Composer, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Keyon Harrold, Other, Trumpet - Travis Sayles, Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Lyricist - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 The Fall

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Kenneth Whalum III, Saxophone - Hod David, Bass, Composer, Drums, Lyricist, Producer - Travis Sayles, Bass, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist - Jermaine Parrish, Drums - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 III

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Darryl 'LilMan' Howell, Drums - Hod David, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Kenneth Whalum III, Other, Saxophone - Keyon Harrold, Other, Trumpet - Travis Sayles, Keyboards - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Lake By the Ocean

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Hod David, Bass, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist, Other, Producer - Travis Sayles, Bass, Keyboards - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Piano - Jesse Gladstone, Recording Engineer - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Fingers Crossed

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Derrick Hodge, Bass, Keyboards - Hod David, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Lyricist, Piano, Producer - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Piano - Robert Glasper, Piano - Mark Colenburg, Drums - Keyon Harrold, Other, Trumpet - Kenneth Whalum III, Other, Saxophone - Travis Sayles, Keyboards - Jesse Gladstone, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Hostage

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Keyboards, Organ - Hod David, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Lyricist, Producer - Mark Colenburg, Drums - Derrick Hodge, Bass, Keyboards - Robert Glasper, Keyboards - Jesse Gladstone, Recording Engineer - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 1990x

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Bass, Keyboards - Hod David, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Producer - Jermaine Parrish, Drums - Latina Webb - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Gods

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Keyboards - Hod David, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Lyricist, Producer - Darryl 'LilMan' Howell, Drums - Travis Sayles, Bass - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Lost

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Matthewman Stuart, Composer, Lyricist, Mixing Engineer, Other, Producer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 Of All Kind

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Mark Colenburg, Drums - Hod David, Bass, Composer, Drums, Lyricist, Producer - Jermaine Parrish, Drums - Derrick Hodge, Bass, Keyboards - SHEDRICK MITCHELL, Bass, Keyboards - Travis Sayles, Keyboards - Robert Glasper, Keyboards - Latina Webb - Jesse Gladstone, Recording Engineer - Wayne Trevisani, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Mike Pela, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 Listen Hear

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Musze, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Matthewman Stuart, Composer, Lyricist, Mixing Engineer, Other, Producer, Recording Engineer - Tom Coyne, Mastering Engineer - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 Night

    Maxwell, Associated Performer, Main Artist - N/A, Composer, Lyricist - Randy Merrill, Mastering Engineer Copyright : (P) 2016 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

About

BlackSUMMERS'night begins the way BLACKsummers'night ends: with a riveting groove in need of an extended 12" version. Like the instrumental finale of the album that preceded it, which now sounds like a set-up, "All the Ways Love Can Feel" is a dynamic and deliberate soul, jazz, and funk fusion, neatly interlaced and enlivened with Kenneth Whalum III's saxophone and Keyon Harrold's trumpet. The grain in Maxwell's voice evinces the reality: the seven years that passed between his Grammy-winning 2009 album and this follow-up, at one point anticipated in 2011. There's an extra texture and richness in his voice -- it sometimes strains with purpose but never falters -- adding tension to these songs detailing a love that ultimately eludes his grasp. As laid out in "Lost," a bluesy dirge that resembles nothing else in his past despite being made with longtime collaborator Stuart Matthewman, he pleads for his lost love while witnessing that she's a happily married mother. The songs drawn from earlier scenes are relatively general. On the brighter side, there's the carefree rush of a new relationship, and then healing is sought, freedom is felt in surrendering, and contentment is reached in settling down. Amid or following all that, there are breakdowns in communication and cracks in the foundation. The latter is handled most deftly in "Fingers Crossed," where Maxwell lets loose one of those indelible hooks seemingly crafted off the top of his dome. After the final verse, as an eight-member support crew -- including pianist Robert Glasper -- plays out in dazzling form, Maxwell plainly speaks, "This is just for you," and it hits as hard as any other line. At once, it's among the prettiest, most complex, and tensest songs in Maxwell's catalog. While the album is not as fluid as BLACKsummers'night and has a couple frayed ends, it includes a high quantity of open-hearted ballads and variable-tempo jams that sparkle with indisputable power. Each one is supremely sculpted. Their decreased vocal smoothness and increased rhythmic friction are major factors in the set's allure. ~ Andy Kellman

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