The legacy of R&B crooner Luther Vandross lives on, thanks to some of his jazz friends who captured his eclectic, moving music via vocal and instrumental compilations. Sales of "Forever, For Always, For Luther Vol. 2" went toward the American Stroke Association, which supports stroke research, education and public advocacy. Rendezvous Records partnered with the American Heart Association for this project.
Produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner, "Forever, For Always, For Luther Vol. 2" highlights a stellar lineup of jazz artists and singers: Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Maysa, Najee, Wayman Tisdale, Kevin Whalum and Kirk Whalum.
From the first listen, each of the 10 tracks are as great and different as Vandross was when he performed them. "Forever, For Always, For Luther Vol. 2" is truly a notable celebration of the talent of a singer/songwriter whose life ended early on July 1, 2005.
Being a longtime Vandross fan, this disc is a great one to add to the collection. Former NBA player Tisdale (of Tulsa, Oklahoma) certainly stands out in his instrumental take on the track, "The Glow of Love." The listener can certainly feel Tisdale's enthusiasm as he plays each guitar stroke. The Whalum brothers (Kirk and Kevin) certainly are a great asset, as they present their interpretations of "There's Nothing Better Than Love," which also features vocalist Maysa, and "Give Me the Reason." These two songs were certainly Vandross' signature hits, and once the listener gets into those songs, it's hard to press stop before the compact disc ends with "Superstar." One certainly does feel like a "superstar" at the end of this great compilation, and as a fan, I look forward to any future compilations and/or concerts these artists will give in the future.