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BIG CITY

Lenny White

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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3.82 | 13 ratings | 1 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Big City 5:22
A2 Sweet Dreamer 4:42
Interludes
A3.1 Egypt 1:00
A3.2 Nocturne 1:24
A4 Rapid Transit 3:59
A5 Ritmo Loco 1:08

B1 Dreams Come And Go Away 3:34
Enchanted Pool Suite
B2.1 Prelude 1:31
B2.2 Part I 2:18
B2.3 Part II 5:39
B3 And We Meet Again 6:41

Line-up / Musicians

Greg Adams Trumpet
Lamar Alsop Violin, Viola
Brian Auger Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Raymond Beckenstein Flute
Don Blackman Performer
Alex Blake Bass
Al Brown Viola
Emilio Castillo Sax (Tenor)
Clive Chaman Bass
Louis Colin Harp
Michael Comins Violin
Harry Cykman Violin
Harvey Estrin Flute
Barry Finclair Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Mike Gibbs Piano, Orchestration
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer, Keyboards, Producer, Brass, Brass Arrangement, Arp Strings
Ray Gomez Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Performer, Soloist
Jerry Goodman Violin
Onaje Allan Gumbs Piano, Keyboards
Jan Hammer Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Mini Moog
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Paul Jackson, Jr. Bass
Paul Jackson Bass
David Earle Johnson Conga
Gary King Bass, Drums
Harold Kohon Violin
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Sax (Baritone)
Lennox Laington Conga
Walter Levinsky Flute
Jesse Levy Cello
Alex Ligertwood Guitar
Guy Lumia Violin
Bennie Maupin Saxophone, Sax (Soprano)
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Double Bass
Marcus Miller Bass
Jack Mills Guitar, Soloist
Marin Morganstern Violin
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
David Nadien Violin
Lenny Pickett Sax (Tenor), Lyricon, Soloist
John Pintavalle Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
Neal Schon Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Soloist
Alan Shulman Cello
Linda Tillery Vocals
Tower of Power Horn
Miroslav Vitous Bass, Bass (Acoustic)
Lenny White Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Arranger, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Timbales, Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Oberheim, Horn Arrangements, Roto Toms, Announcer, Mini Moog, Arp Strings, Moog Drum
Verdine White Bass

Releases information

℗ 1977 Nemperor Records Printed in U.S.A. , NE 441
Distributed By Atlantic Recording Corporation

Nemperor Records K 50345 (Germany/UK/France)

Wasn't re-released on CD.

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LENNY WHITE Big City ratings distribution


3.82
(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
54%
Good, but non-essential (38%)
38%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Progfan97402
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Big City is Lenny White's second solo album and his first upon leaving Return to Forever. Here he recruited a ton of musicians, more so than on Venusian Summer. Notables include Herbie Hancock, Tpwer of Power horn section, Brian Auger and his Oblivion Express (including Alex Ligertwood, Jack Mills, Clive Chaman, and Lennox Langton), Patrick Gleeson, Marcus Miller, soul singer Linda Tillery, Verdine White (Earth, Wind & FIre member and younger brother of Maurice White, of course), Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, David Earle Johnson, Miroslav Vitous, Bennie Maupin, and too many others. The title track sounds like a horn- driven version of Return to Forever (I know, Musicmagic used horns, but this is much better). Organ appears, from Brian Auger, naturally. I was a bit skeptical of "Sweet Dreamer" given the presence of Linda Tillery, as I was expecting some truly awful soul ballad, in the style of Motown or Philly International at its most sappy. Not at all, it's a rather pleasant song avoiding the worst pitfalls of that style. It's also the only song with vocals on the whole album. Then album gets more funky, more or less picking up where Venusian Summer left off, although the music isn't quite as spacy, and has a more urban feel to it (no surprise, given the album is titled Big City). There are some short orchestral pieces, with some amazing Mahavishnu Orchestra-type stuff going on, with violin from Jerry Goodman, and synth solos from Jan Hammer. "And We Meet Again" is a tribute to Miles (Miles Davis, of course, since Lenny did play on Bitches Brew). It's recorded live, and shows a more raw approach.

I was blown away by Venusian Summer, but Return to Forever's Musicmagic is as bad as most everyone says it is, so I feared Lenny White went that route on Big City. I am so happy that's as far from the truth as you can get. While I find Venusian Summer a better album, this is still very much worth having for fans of fusion and there are no bad songs on it, not even "Sweet Dreamer".

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