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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Out Today: Arif Mardin

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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Arif Mardin
All My Friends Are Here
(NuNoise)

When Arif Mardin passed away four years ago, the Grammy-winning producer left a large legacy, having worked with the Bee Gees, Aretha Franklin, and Norah Jones over the course of his 40-year career. He also left an unfinished project that was recently completed by his son Joe. Predictably, All My Friends Are Here is an impeccably produced work featuring performances by many of the people Mardin created hits for, including Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, and Carly Simon. But it’s also an inconsistent album, with old-school all-stars like Phil Collins and Hall & Oates nudging against cocktail-lounge drippings from newcomers Nicki Parrot and Amy Kohn. And nobody here gets too worked up over the material, which admittedly isn’t worth getting too worked up over (most of it was penned by Mardin). It’s more tribute to a record-industry giant by the artists he helped shape than summation of a great career. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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