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In 1987, Baker appeared on the Winans’ ‘Ain’t No Need To Worry’ and in 1990 duetted with former Shalamar singer Howard Hewett. Compositions was self-penned bar two tracks and featured former Wonderlove musician Greg Phillinganes on keyboards, Steve Ferrone on drums, along with top Los Angeles session drummer Ricky Lawson, and Nathan East on bass. The album was recorded live in the studio with few overdubs.
The birth of Baker’s first child delayed the release of her fourth Elektra album, the disappointing Rhythm Of Love. She subsequently signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records, and in 1998 made a guest appearance on jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s self-titled collection. Her own debut for the label never surfaced, however, and in 2004 she signed a new contract with Blue Note Records. A number of sessions with producer Barry Eastmond helped break down Baker’s long-term creative block, and a new studio album was finally ready for release in September. Fortunately, My Everything was well worth the wait.
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