Brenda Russell – Kiss Me With The Wind (1990)

Brenda Russell - Kiss Me With The Wind (1990)
Artist: Brenda Russell
Album: Kiss Me With The Wind
Genre: Smooth Jazz, Soul
Origin: USA
Released: 1990
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

01. Kiss Me With The Wind (4:30)
02. Stupid Love (3:49)
03. All American (4:18)
04. Stop Running Away (5:26)
05. Waiting For You (5:18)
06. Justice In Truth (4:23)
07. Dinner With Gershwin (4:34)
08. Good For Love (5:22)
09. Night Train To Leningrad (5:11)
10. Drive My Car (‘Til Sunset) (4:50)
11. On Your Side (3:54)


Singer/songwriter Brenda Russell was teamed with mega-producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin) on Kiss Me With Wind, a nice fusion of the two talented artists’ skills. The propulsive title track combines elements of dance-pop and house music. The whimsical, pulsating “Dinner With Gershwin” is one of the singer’s best tracks, and Russell gives one of her most fluid performances; Donna Summer’s cover of the song was a Top Ten R&B hit. Furthermore, “Stop Running Away” broke into the R&B Top 40. Russell co-produces a few tracks with Andre Fischer: “Stupid Love,” “Night Train to Leningrad,” with its great image-filled lyrics, and the dreamy “Waiting for You,” with its lightly sprinkled acoustic guitar by Earl Klugh. Co-written by Matthew Wilder, “Justice in Truth” asks a gentle plea for equality as it ebbs and flows along atop swelling synth string pads. The inspiring, gospel-like “On Your Side” features Toto drummer Jeff Porcano and Yellowjackets members Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip.
Review by Ed Hogan