1995 Najee – Plays The Songs From The Key Of Life (A Tribute To Stevie Wonder)

Plays The Songs From The Key Of Life (A Tribute To Stevie Wonder) is the sixth album by Najee.

Jerome Najee Rasheed (born November 4, 1957, New York City), known professionally as Najee, is an American Jazz-Smooth Jazz saxophonist and flautist

Tracks

1  Love’s In Need Of Love Today (Stevie Wonder) 04:34
2  Have A Talk With God (Stevie Wonder; Calvin Hardaway) 01:59
3  Village Ghetto Land (Stevie Wonder; Gary Byrd) 03:22
4  Contusion (Stevie Wonder; George Duke; Najee) 04:11
5  Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) 04:52
6  I Wish (Stevie Wonder) 03:52
7  Knocks Me Off My Feet (Stevie Wonder) 05:36
8  Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder) 02:32
9  Summer Soft (Stevie Wonder) 05:59
10  Ordinary Pain (Stevie Wonder) 03:46
11  Saturn/Ebony Eyes (Stevie Wonder; Michael Sembello) 02:46
12  Isn’t She Lovely/Joy Inside My Tears (Stevie Wonder) 02:29
13  Black Man (Stevie Wonder; Gary Byrd) 05:01
14  Nigiculela-Es Una Historia/I Am Singing (Stevie Wonder) 04:00
15  If It’s Magic (Stevie Wonder) 01:50
16  As (Stevie Wonder) 04:29
17  Another Star (Stevie Wonder) 04:48
18  All Day Sucker/Easy Goin’ Evening (Stevie Wonder) 04:59

Musicians

1 Love’s In Need Of Love Today

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarRay Fuller
ClavinetRonnie Foster
Fender RhodesRonnie Foster
PercussionSheila Escovedo
SaxNajee


2 Have A Talk With God

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
WurlitzerGeorge Duke
GuitarPhil Upchurch
SaxNajee


3 Village Ghetto Land

FluteNajee


4 Contusion

BassFreddie Washington
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
LyriconNajee
SaxNajee
PercussionSheila Escovedo


5 Sir Duke

BassFreddie Washington
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarMichael Sembello
PianoGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneReginald Young
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey


6 I Wish

BassByron Miller
BassChuck Rainey
DrumsMike White
GuitarDavid T Walker
GuitarRay Fuller
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
OrganGeorge Duke
SaxNajee
SaxDan Higgins
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TambourineSheila Escovedo


7 Knocks Me Off My Feet

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsMike White
GuitarDavid T Walker
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
FluteNajee


8 Pastime Paradise

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarRay Parker Jr
Fender RhodesSylvester Rivers
OrganGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneReginald Young
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


9 Summer Soft

BassChuck Rainey
BassFreddie Washington
DrumsMike White
GuitarDavid T Walker
GuitarRay Fuller
PianoHerbie Hancock
PianoGreg Phillinganes
FluteNajee
PercussionSheila Escovedo


10 Ordinary Pain

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarRay Parker Jr
Fender RhodesSylvester Rivers
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
SaxNajee
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


11 Saturn/Ebony Eyes

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarPhil Upchurch
PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
VocoderGeorge Duke
SaxNajee


12 Isn’t She Lovely/Joy Inside My Tears

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarWah Wah Watson
PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
SaxNajee
PercussionSheila Escovedo


13 Black Man

BassStanley Clarke
DrumsMike White
Electric DrumsGeorge Duke
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
ClavinetGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
WurlitzerGeorge Duke
SaxNajee
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneReginald Young
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey


14 Nigiculela-Es Una Historia/I Am Singing

GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
MandolinPaul Jackson Jr
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa


15 If It’s Magic

PianoGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee


16 As

BassFreddie Washington
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarRay Fuller
Fender RhodesPatrice Rushen
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
WurlitzerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
PercussionSheila Escovedo


17 Another Star

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarRay Fuller
Acoustic GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoRonnie Foster
PianoPatrice Rushen
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee


18 All Day Sucker/Easy Goin’ Evening

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJames Gadson
GuitarWah Wah Watson
ClavinetGeorge Duke
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
SynthesizerGeorge Duke
FluteNajee
SaxNajee

Other Musicians

Arco Bass – Arni Egilsson
Cello – Earl Madison, Ray Kelley
Viola – Janet Lakatos, Jorge Moraga, Margot MacLaine, Marylin Baker
Violin – Assa Drori, Bette Byers, Donald Palmer, Francine Walsh, Harry Scorzo, Henry Ferber, Isabelle Daskoff, Israel Baker, Mari Botwidk, Pam Gates, Pat Johnson, Ron Clark, Sheldon Sanov

Liner Notes

Producer – George Duke
Producer (Assistant) – Corine Duke
Arranged By – Ronnie Foster (Tracks 1, 17)
Arranged By – Michael Sembello (Track 4)
Arranged By – George Duke (Tracks 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18)
Arranged By – Greg Phillinganes (Track 7)
Arranged By – Ray Parker Jr (Tracks 8, 10)
Arranged By (Horns Arrangement) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 5, 6)
Arranged By (Strings Arrangement) – George Del Barrio (Track 1)
Arranged By (Strings Arrangement) – Clare Fischer (Track 3)
Arranged By (Strings Arrangement) – Paul Riser (Tracks 8, 18)
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Contractor (Strings) – Brent Fischer
Engineer (Addtional) – Wayne Holmes
Engineer (Assistant Mastering) – Brett Swain, Jeff DeMorris, Wayne Holmes
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Mixed By – Erik Zobler
Recorded By – Erik Zobler

Art Direction – Henry Marquez
Design – C.M.O.N.
Photography By – Najee, Pamela Springsteen

Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mixed At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At O’Henry Sound Studios
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Le Gonks West
Phonographic Copyright (p) EMI Records
Copyright (c) EMI Records