Toni Gates | This Woman

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This Woman

by Toni Gates

This new album features seven original compositions and six arrangements all rooted in the female perspective.
Genre: Pop: New Romantic
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1. Eleanor Rigby (feat. Steve Rigazzi, Roger Wilder & Clarence Smith)
4:58 $1.29
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2. When I Look at You (feat. Clarence Smith, Roger Wilder & Steve Rigazzi)
3:18 $1.29
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3. Movin' (feat. Clarence Smith & Steve Rigazzi)
4:25 $1.29
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4. Something
1:57 $1.29
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5. Firework (feat. Clarence Smith)
4:14 $1.29
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6. That's What She'll Say
3:21 $1.29
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7. Happy Together (feat. Clarence Smith)
2:26 $1.29
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8. Your Name (feat. Steve Rigazzi)
3:25 $1.29
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9. You Really Got Me (feat. Stan Kessler, Clarence Smith, Roger Wilder & Steve Rigazzi)
4:18 $1.29
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10. Motherless
2:49 $1.29
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11. Only the Lonely (feat. Roger Wilder, Clarence Smith & Steve Rigazzi)
4:18 $1.29
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12. Move Me (feat. Steve Rigazzi, Tom Ransom & Clarence Smith)
3:05 $1.29
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13. Save Me
2:29 $1.29
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

When you are tasked with the privilege of writing liner notes it's important to consider the persons involved. Toni Gates is a longtime friend. She is the bringer of light and goodness. She's also no stranger to the trials and tribulations that life has to offer, and therefore, like most of us, a complex person. The rich tapestry that is Toni is reflected in her music, which becomes a treat for the lucky listener.
There is innocence residing beside power, savvy and wisdom. There is joy with pain, precision with soulfulness. There is the presence of pain, but also hope. Toni’s courage and honesty is compelling and allows her to wear her feelings on her sleeve; feelings that are universal, archetypal. All of these elements contribute to a thoroughly inspiring listen, one that will stay with you for quite some time.
On this recording Toni has established herself as a formidable song writer. Her songs contain haunting melodies and profound lyrics; resonating on a universal level. The tunes are strong and evocative. There's plenty of variety and mood shifting, and she shows off her versatility and depth in the choices she makes. For instance, you travel from the melancholy of "When I Look at You" to the optimism of "Movin'" in a flash. Take the sensitivity of "That's What She'll Say" then move to the upbeat sound of "Move Me." And then you are confronted with the plaintive cry of "Motherless." You will not find a rut in this array of compositions. Toni also shows her off her fearlessness in her unlikely choices of arrangements, with some surprising picks, such as "Eleanor Rigby" and one of my favorites, "Happy Together," by The Turtles.
The songs are presented with a refreshing absence of overproduction; simply and clearly. It is a bare bones approach which allows the truth to shine through without clutter. There is no waste, just the essence of what it is to be human. And did I mention that Toni is also the consummate musician, playing piano on all but four tracks with bravado and conviction? It should come as no surprise that she wisely hand picked the band that appears on the rest of the songs. She has assembled some of the finest musicians ever to grace a stage in Kansas City. These players are sensitive, giving people, always willing to set their egos aside for the greater good. They are devoted to play what is appropriate in every case in the most passionate manner. These cats have really nailed the spirit of the songs and their composers' intent.
Ultimately, what you have here is a musical portrait of a great lady. It was my honor and pleasure to make a small contribution to this wonderful project. I'm confident you will agree that Toni Gates is a force to be reckoned with and that she has created something beautiful that will stand the test of time.

Enjoy.

Stanton Kessler

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