1974 Esther Phillips – Performance

Performance is the tenth album by singer Esther Phillips, released in 1974 on Kudu/CTI .

Esther Phillips (born Esther Mae Jones; December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer, best known for her R&B vocals. She also performed pop, country, jazz, blues and soul music.


1  I Feel The Same (Chris Smither) 08:27
2  Performance (Allen Toussaint) 05:24
3  Doing Our Thing (Clarence Carter; Allyn Lee; Clemmie McCants) 03:32
4  Disposable Society (Eugene McDaniels) 05:19
5  Living Alone (Jill Lynn; Leon Pendarvis; Katreese Barnes) 05:16
6  Such A Night (Mac Rebennack) 03:21
7  Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby (Isaac Hayes; David Porter) 03:50



BassGary King
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarCharlie Brown
PianoRichard Wyands
FlugelhornJohn Gatchell
FlugelhornJon Faddis
FlugelhornMarvin Stamm
SaxJerry Dodgion
SaxPepper Adams
TromboneUrbie Green
TrumpetJohn Gatchell
TrumpetJon Faddis
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
ChimesPee Wee Ellis
PercussionRalph MacDonald
Background VocalsCarl Caldwell
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsPatti Austin
Background VocalsRobin Clark
VocalsEsther Phillips

Other Musicians

1 I Feel The Same

Guitar (solo)Jon Sholle

2 Performance

Pedal Steel GuitarEric Weissberg
Background VocalsDeniece Williams

3 Doing Our Thing

BassGordon Edwards
PianoRichard Tee
Background VocalsTasha Thomas

4 Disposable Society

DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarRichard Resnicoff
Electric PianoBob James
SaxMichael Brecker

5 Living Alone

DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarRichard Resnicoff
OrganRichard Tee
PianoBob James
Background VocalsTasha Thomas

6 Such A Night

PianoRichard Tee
Background VocalsDeniece Williams

7 Can’t Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby

Guitar (solo)Jon Sholle
PianoRichard Tee


Cello – Charles McCracken, George Ricci
Viola – Alfred Brown, Emanuel Vardi, Harold Coletta
Violin – Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Emanuel Vardi, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman

Liner Notes

Producer – Creed Taylor
Producer (Associate) – Eugene McDaniels, Pee Wee Ellis
Arranged By – Pee Wee Ellis
Arranged By – Gary King (Tracks 4, 5)
Arranged By (Strings) – Don Sebesky (Track 6)
Conductor – Pee Wee Ellis
Conductor – Gary King (Tracks 4, 5)
Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder

Design – Bob Ciano
Photography – Alen MacWeeney

Recorded At Van Gelder Studios, NJ
Produced For CTI Records