BABY SISTER was her first solo album, produced by Richard Perry and was released on his Planet label in 1983 a few months before the Pointer Sisters multi-platinum album Break Out. It is widely known as the album where Perry perfected the R&B/Dance sound that would soon give the Pointer Sisters the biggest hits of their career Automatic and Jump.
Four CD set features over four hours of jazz classics from such artists as Norah Jones, St. Germain, Nina Simone, Shuggy Otis, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, & many more. It's the 1st part of popular series "The Best… Ever!"
Pointer's last release found him resurfacing on a label (Shanachie) known for almost everything but fusion. This record sounds much like the ones he made in the late '70s and 1980s, except that he also does some competent vocals. These are pleasant, heavily produced and arranged tracks with minimal improvisation and limited energy and intensity. They are jazz only in the broadest sense and are not aimed at hardcore listeners or purists. If easy listening instrumental fare is up your alley, then Pointer's light solos and heavily arranged music work.
A surprisingly excellent record – a blend of off-kilter vocals, funky fusion, and jazz violin – also one of Noel Pointer's most soul-based albums, thanks to some great arrangements from Chisoul maestro Richard Evans! The album takes the electric feel of Pointer's 70s work, and gives it a nice Capitol Rare twist – hitting some really sweet mellow tunes that really put the violin on back burner, and which focus on Pointer's compelling and spacey vocals.
Successful instrumental debut session from the electric violinist who was a dominant figure at Blue Note in the late '70s. Pointer could at times churn out a surprisingly riveting solo, but he spent more time plugging into rigidly arranged, heavily produced and orchestrated structures and supporting background vocalists.
One imagines that this collection was aimed at the total neophyte listener – taken in any other context, this is an odd collection of single sides by one of the premiere singles bands of the 1960s and early '70s…