Fredara Hadley on Anita Baker's "Compositions"

Fredara Hadley on Anita Baker's "Compositions"


Ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley had been on our wish list for a while and as luck would have it, she came to Los Angeles earlier this spring and things lined up nicely. For our episode, Fredara wanted to get into the queen of the quiet storm from the 1980s and early ‘90s: Anita Baker and her platinum-selling 1990 album, Compositions. During our conversation, we got into the nuances of Baker’s voice and how she compelled your full attention, how she fit (or didn’t) with the sound of R&B in the early ‘90s and how, as successful as she was, she could have thrived even better in an era where jazz and R&B overlap is better embraced.

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from Compositions unless indicated otherwise):

“Talk To Me” Anita Baker: Rapture “Sweet Love” “Fairy Tales” Peabo Bryson: Crosswinds “Crosswinds” “More Thank You Know” Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey “Vision of Love” Lisa Stansfeild: Been Around The World “Been Around The World” En Vogue:Born To Sing “Hold On To Your Love” “Look What I Got” Drake: Comeback Season “Think Good Thoughts Feat. Phonte and Elzhi” Perri:
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