|Title:||All This Time - Sting|
|Catalogue number:||493 156-2 (Europe); UICA-2002 (Japan)|
|Release date:||November 2001|
The album was recorded live before an intimate audience at Sting's family home in Tuscany on September 11. Just as the band and crew were finishing their preparations for the concert, news arrived of the terrible events in the USA. Sting and his wife lost friends in the World Trade Centre. For a time it seemed unlikely that the show would go on, but Sting and his band decided to play. As a group, they decided to webcast only one song, Fragile, as a mark of respect.
Quotes by Sting about the recording of the album "All This Time":
"I'm always kind of shy of live albums, they never seem to capture the size of the event, and so I thought why don't we do something different? Why don' t we make a personal record for people who've seen the show as like a thank you, like an intimate, quiet, love letter. You know, it's like saying take some 'value added', something different. We're going to record in an intimate, small place to a select group of people - a hundred, maybe a hundred and fifty people - and play songs that we've been doing for about two years in a different way. Interpret them in a quiet way, more personal. So we're taking the band and the audience back to where the album was originally made. A lot of it was made in Italy. I think it's going to be a great night. We're going to film it, we're going to satellite it, we're going to put it on the web and it will be a record. I'm very excited about it."
"The basic crux of the idea was to create something under pressure, that if we took the pressure away we wouldn't get. We've given ourselves a week to rehearse an entirely new show, rearrange songs, construct them and reconstruct them. Also to make a single that would be a flagship for this project. And that had to be done on the first day. We had a day to make a single. And that evening we made a video of the song and then it off the same day to be cut. I'm really happy with it, I think it's got an energy that comes with the pressure of having done it in a very short time. It's a different way of working and I'm very happy to be doing it."
"I've always been known for having international bands. The Police were international but this is the most international band I've ever put together. There are people from Brazil, Dominic from Argentina and then we have people from North America, people from Algeria, Manu's French, three of us are English. I just feel it's very right, very cosmopolitan. I've hired Christian McBride who's one of the greatest double bass players in the world, an incredible musician. Again, to get something different out of me, and not to have the bass slung around my neck. It'll make me concentrate on the singing and maybe sing differently. A couple of numbers we'll be playing together, there'll be a couple of numbers where he'll play one part and I'll play another, and a couple of numbers where I just don't play at all. It's just a way of making something different."
Additional information on the musicians on the album "All This Time":
Dominic has been Sting's guitarist since 1990 and the recording of The Soul Cages album. Since then he has completed three world tours with Sting and has become a crowd favourite with an ever increasing group of fans of his own. Dominic was born in Buenos Aires in 1960 and spent his childhood in Argentina before moving to the United States and then to England. He started learning the guitar aged 15, and later studied with Sabastio Tapajos and at London's Guildhall School of Music. A highly respected session guitarist who has worked with a whole host of artists including Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, King Swamp, Steve Winwood, Talk Talk, and Jason Donovan as well as Sting. He released a solo album of guitar based instrumental tunes called First Touch in 1995 and a second album, Second Nature in 1999. For more information on Dominic check out his official web-site at www.dominicmiller.com.
Manu is one of the most respected drummers in the world, with a totally unique style and sound. He first worked with Sting on 1987's Nothing Like The Sun album, and again on 1991's The Soul Cages before re-appearing on Brand New Day alongside Vinnie Colaiuta. Manu's drumming work has been likened to an artist painting in that he uses his drums and percussion in the same way as an artist uses his palette. Like Dominic Miller, he is always in demand and has worked with Dire Straits, Diesel Park West, The Gipsy Kings, Joan Armatrading, Joe Satriani, Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Michael Macdonald, Robbie Robertson, and Simple Minds to name but a few. Manu is probably best known for his album and touring work with Peter Gabriel which started with with 1986's "So" album. Manu also released a solo album in 1991 called It's About Time. Manu also appears on the forthcoming Dominic Miller album, Second Nature.
Chris and Sting collaborated on Chris's last album Slowing Down The World for the track, In the Wee Small Hours. Sting recognised Chris's unique sound saying "Chris is extremely talented, he brings the trumpet back to its most poetic, vocal-like quality. He's altogether unique in that respect. I was pleased we could work together." Which is how Botti feels about the opportunity Sting's tour presents. "Having just come off the road with my own band, I'm looking forward to joining Sting" he said in the midst of a heavy promotion run through European markets. "I've been a huge fan for years and count this as an extraordinary opportunity to immerse myself in the very pop structure that I consider to be be my greatest influence. I'm thrilled to be a part of it." Chris has a new album due out at the end of October entitled Night Sessions. You'll find more information about Chris on his official web-site at: http://www.chrisbotti.com.
Jason arrived on the British jazz season as a 21 years old back in the 1980's. Jason is a classically trained pianist who's fluency and range was spotted by the great American saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who took on the job of producing his debut album, A Clearer View which was released in 1990. That year, Wire magazine voted Jason Most Promising Newcomer of the Year for 1988 and he picked up several major Jazz Awards. Despite his youth he was labelled a veteran by critics. After working on TV presenting "Artrageous", further albums followed in 1993 (Keeping Time) and 1994 (Make It Real) and work with artists such as Wayne Shorter, Courtney Pine, Branford Marsallis, Jean Toussaint, Chaka Khan, Desree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar as well as performances with the Nice Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra kept him busy during the mid-eighties. After a short period in a Buddhist monastery he recorded Last Dance in 1995 and in the summer of 1999 released New Time Around with session men of the calibre of Mark Turner and Jeff "Tain" Watts.
Kipper aka Mark Eldridge, was lead guitarist and singer in the band One Nation in the late '80s. The band signed to IRS Records, which allowed them to make two albums and embark on numerous tours. "As a band we opened for Jeff Beck, Tanita Tikaram, Elvis Costello and did our own tours. It was an amazing experience but it didn't quite get us over the hill of success. There weren't big enough budgets to promote the band, so we had to get great musicians to do things for 50 quid a week. We did the whole thing without the pay-off at the end.' Kipper left One Nation after their second album to on go tour as Gary Numan's guitarist, eventually co-producing his 1991 album Machine And Soul. He followed that with a stint as guitarist for Curtis Stigers, supporting the likes of Rod Stewart. In 1994/95 he was to be found strutting his stuff on lead guitar for Gary Numan, around the time of the Machine + Soul album and tour. Kipper helped Sting with some work on The Mighty and then was invited to contribute further on Brand New Day.
There are musicians - lucky ones - who gig, get steady sideman work, record as leaders and tour exotic regions of the world. For many, this is as plum as "the musician's life" can get. Christian McBride has done all of that, yet he is not one of those musicians. Though he might modestly confess that luck had, at some early pivotal point, played a role in landing him an association here or a contact there, the truth is that Christian McBride seized opportunities in an astoundingly diverse array of arenas to become the most acclaimed acoustic and electric bassist to emerge from the jazz world in the 1990s. While jazz lies at the root of Christian's accomplishments, it is his passion for music in a very broad sense that has made him an esteemed colleague, technician and star. Find out more information about Christian from his website at http://www.christianmcbride.com.
Jeff's diverse career has seen him play with some of the most respected names around. Randy Crawford, French rock band Gong, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Curtis Stiger, Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, and Vonda Shepherd have all called on Jeff's keyboard and vocal talents over the years. Recently, and completely out of the blue, Jeff got a call to play with Sting for the last part of the Brand New Day tour. Jeff says, "It's so much fun playing with Sting. I get to play all the world's great music in one band, and it's great to sing the chorus of 'Roxanne'. I sang 'Every Breath You Take' in wedding bands for years, but I never thought I'd play this song with the guy who wrote it." For more information on Jeff visit http://www.sunsoulrecords.com/jymw.html.
BJ embraced country music in the late 60s as a member of Cochise, which in turn established him as one of the UK's leading exponents of the pedal steel guitar. He is now a widely sought after session player - a master of his craft - who has worked on songs such as "More Questions Than Answers" Johnny Nash ), the first use of pedal steel on a reggae song, "No Regrets" ( Walker Brothers ), I Robot (the Alan Parsons Project), plus hit singles for Andy Fairweather-Low, Deacon Blue, Paul Young and Level 42. His career is notable for being scattered with diverse and contrasting work with artists such as David Sylvian, Hank Wangford, John Cale, The Beautiful South and, recently, The Verve's Richard Ashcroft. BJ has worked on both of Sting's last two studio albums adding his pedal steel to 1996's "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" and 1999's "Fill Her Up".
Born in Rio de Janeiro, the percussionist used to enjoy to rock'n'roll in his teens, until listening to a carnival bloco (percussion group) and becoming completely fascinated. Suzano proceded to buy a series of percussion instruments and started playing the surdo and cuíca. After hearing Jorginho do Pandeiro (from the choro group Época de Ouro) playing he tambourine, Suzano decided to dedicate himself to the same instrument. He has also performed with Zizi Possi, Água de Moringa, Marisa Monte, Zé Kéti, Gilberto Gil, Lenine and others. Later on, Suzano developed his own tambourine technique, promoted through courses and workshops. In 1993, Suzano worked in collaboration with the northeastern musician Lenine, with whom he recorded the acclaimed CD "Olho de Peixe", released by the record label Velas. Marcos Suzano's first solo album, "Sambatown" (1996), introduces new concepts of tambourine playing, by strengthening the samba-funk beat and utilizing lower pitch sounds. In 2000, he recorded the CD "Flash" for Trama, inserting electronic elements into his music.
Jaques Morelembaum was born in a musical family. His father, Maestro Henrique Morelenbaum is one of the main orchestra conductors in Brasil and his mother is a very well known piano teacher. JAQUES started in music very early and he graduated in cello at New England Conservatory in Boston, USA and started his carreer playing with musical group A Barca do Sol. As a celloist, he has recorded with the main brasilian artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, among others participating in nearly 500 albuns. In 92/93 he recorded in Oslo, Norway the albuns "Infancia" and "Musica de Sobrevivencia" both by Egberto Gismonti for the ECM label. In 94, as a member of Antonio Carlos Jobim's band, he recorded the album "Antonio Brasileiro" which won the Grammy. In 95/96, Jaques recorded in NYCity the CDs "Smoochy"and "1996" both by Ryuichi Sakamoto, with whom he toured wordly for the release of both albuns. In 2001, Jaques participated in Sting's live Album "All this time", recorded in Tuscany, Italy, with an all star international band.
Janice Pendarvis is the quintessential voice performer. Janice is equally at home in her roles as a lead singer, support vocalist, voice actor and on-camera personality. She has often appeared on Saturday Night Live, The David Letterman Show and co-hosting WNET pledge evenings. She is an eclectic, elegant, enthusiastic and world-class performer. As a singer, she has worked with a diverse roster of artists including Sting, Roberta Flack, Laurie Anderson, Peter Tosh, Philip Glass, The Rolling Stones, Najee, Ben E. King, Brandy, Aaron Neville, Barry White. As an announcer and voice actor, her voice has been heard in countless commercials, television promos and films. Janice considers herself fortunate to have been able to sing in different genres. "Just like one uses different words or gestures to express different feelings, I use genres to express different moods. The mood may change but the essence of all good music is the same."
Katreese Barnes, who together with Janice Pendarvis provides backing vocals on ...All This Time, was part of a duo - "Juicy" - with brother Jerry in the early '80s. They released two albums on Arista and Atlantic and a number of singles before having success with the top 20 R&B hit "Sugar Free". A further hit - "Nobody But You" - followed in 1986. Katreese is a well-respected backing vocalist who has worked with many artists including Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Roberta Flack, and Billy Joel.
Cheb Mami's music - rai - has been described as "Arabic rock'n'roll retaining virtues of traditional music but infused with urban energy." Born in Algeria, Cheb Mami has been attracting attention with his soulful singing since his early teens. With the release of his first internationally-distributed album, 1989's the "Prince of Rai", he came to the forefront of rai music and has continued to move the popularity of rai forward. In 1999, his collaboration with Sting on the track "Desert Rose" was the first high profile duet between western and eastern artists. The track was a hugely successful single in the US where even traditionally conservative radio stations were seduced by the compelling marriage of Arabic vocals and Sting's ear for something new and exciting. Cheb Mami's latest album "Dellali", features Sting on the track "Le Rai C'est Chic".
Clark has been in several bands including Neatherealm, Sensonik and Epicenter and is an accomplished musician playing keyboards, trombone, tuba, euphonium, and trumpet. He toured with Sting extensively throughout the "Mercury Falling" Tour in 1996 and 1997 and has recorded with Prince, Queen Latifa and Steel Pulse. Clark also has several movie appearances behind - can you spot him in "Malcolm X" for example? More recently he appeared in Carlos Santana's video "Smooth".