Chaka Khan’s ‘What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me’

Chaka Khan’s ‘What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me’ is her third solo album produced by Arif Mardin and released on April 15, 1981 y Warner Bros.

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Track Listing : 1.We Can Work It Out (John Lennon, Paul Mccartney) – 03:43 . 2.What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me (Ned Doheny, Hamish Stuart) – 03:54 . 3.I Know You, I Live You (Chaka Khan, Arif Mardin) – 04:29 . 4.Any Old Sunday (Andy Fraser, Danny Ironstone, Linda Mccrary, Alfred Mccrary) – 03:37 . 5.We Got Each Other (Alan Baboff, Chaka Khan, Fred Lederman) – 03:56 . 6.And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia) (Chaka Khan, Arif Mardin, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Paparelli) – 05:04 . 7.Night Moods (Jerry Ragovoy) – 04:21 . 8.Heed The Warning (Ellison Chase, Arthur Jacobson, Chaka Khan, Mark Stevens) – 04:32 . 9.Father He Said (Deborah Ash, Mike Campagna) – 03:52 . 10.Fate (Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker) – 03:14 . 11.I Know You, I Live You (Reprise) (Chaka Khan, Arif Mardin) – 01:22

Musicians : Chaka Khan – Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals . Michael Brecker – Tenor Saxophone . Randy Brecker – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . Hiram Bullock – Guitar . Bob Christianson – Synthesizer . Louis Del Gatto – Reeds, Saxophone, . David Foster – Synthesizer, Mini Moog, Prophet 5 . Ronnie Foster – Electric Piano . Dizzy Gillespie – Trumpet . Gary Grant – Trumpet, Brass . Larry Hall – Trumpet . Herbie Hancock – Keyboards, Bells, Oberheim, Breakdown, Clavitar . Jerry Hey – Trumpet . Kim Hutchcroft – Reeds, Saxophone . Gene Orloff – Concert Master . Greg Phillinganes – Keyboards, Mini Moog . Bill Reichenbach Jr. – Trombone, Overdubs . David Richards – Synthesizer . Barry Rodgers – Trombone . Lew Soloff – Trumpet, Brass . Mark Stevens – Bass, Vocals . Hamish Stuart – Bass, Guitar, Vocals . Richard Tee – Keyboards, Clavinet . Michael Sembello – Guitar . David E. Williams – Guitar . Larry E. Williams – Synthesizer, Flute, Reeds, Keyboards, Saxophone . Anthony Jackson – Bass . Abraham Laboriel – Bass . Steve Ferrone, Raymond Lee Pounds, Casey Scheuerell – Drums . Errol Crusher Bennett – Percussion . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion

Production : Produced By Arif Mardin . Arif Mardin, Greg Phillinganes, Larry E. Williams . Lewis Hahn – Engineer, Mixing . David Leonard – Assistant Engineer . Wayne Lewis – Assistant Engineer . George Marino – Mastering . Michael O’Reilly – Assistant Engineer . Jeremy Smith – Engineer . Bobby Warner – Assistant Engineer

Arrangements : Arif Mardin, Greg Phillinganes, Larry E. Williams

Package : Arif Mardin – Liner Notes . Gary Panter – Photo Illustration . Richard Seireeni – Art Direction . Tim Wild – Illustrations

Recorded In 1980.

Released On April 15, 1981 By Warner Bros.

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BBC
A fine set of polished, well-produced soul, it also has the distinction of sounding at least three years ahead of its time. With its big block synthesizer chords and clattering drums, horn stabs and Khan’s beguiling torch vocals, […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
The album’s centerpiece is a version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia,” which led to Khan’s further dabblings in jazz, but it’s diffuse, with a noodling synth solo (from Herbie Hancock, no less) in the middle and not enough focus on Khan. But despite all the problems, Khan’s voice and Mardin’s attention to detail make for a pleasant listen, particularly on… […]

Robert Christgau
Between the self-affirmative signals–writing more, steady band, you know–and the “Night in Tunisia” cover, this is where she’s supposed to come into her own, but the real clue is the leadoff “We Can Work It Out,” a great song she does nothing for because what she’s really after is pop credibility […]

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