Forever, for Always, for Luther

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Forever, For Always, For Luther
Forever, For Always, For Luther cover.jpg
Compilation album by various artists
Released July 27, 2004
Genre smooth jazz
Label GRP Records
Producer Rex Rideout and Bud Harner

Forever, For Always, For Luther, released on July 27, 2004 by GRP Records, is a smooth jazz various artists tribute album, with ten popular songs written by Luther Vandross. The album featured vocal arrangements by Luther, and was produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. [1]

Rideout had co-authored songs and contributed arrangements and played keyboards on Luther's final three albums. The tribute album was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther's music over the years.

It featured an ensemble of jazz performers, many of whom had previously worked with Luther. The artists on the album were:

Several songs from the album received airplay on jazz and R&B stations, but Hathaway's cover of "Forever, For Always, For Love" was the biggest success, becoming a #1 Adult R&B hit, reaching the Top 40 on the main R&B chart, and even approaching the Hot 100 (it "bubbled under" at #112).

On November 21, 2006, saxophonist Dave Koz released a followup to the earlier GRP tribute album, this time a Luther tribute album by various artists on his own Rendezvous Entertainment label, called Forever, For Always, For Luther Volume II, also produced by Rex Rideout and Bud Harner. Dave Koz played on all the follow-up album's tracks, which were recorded by smooth jazz artists Patti Austin, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, Will Downing, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Maysa, Najee, Wayman Tisdale, Kevin Whalum and Kirk Whalum. [2]

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Track listing[edit]

  1. Any Love
  2. Never Too Much
  3. Wait For Love
  4. Forever, For Always, For Love
  5. Stop To Love
  6. If Only For One Night
  7. My Sensitivity (Gets In The Way)
  8. Your Secret Love
  9. Take You Out
  10. Dance With My Father