Personnel includes: Richard Bona (vocals, guitar, organ, keyboards, bass, kalimba, percussion); David Eaton (conductor); Aaron Heick (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Colette Michaan (flute); Mara Milkis, Belinda Whitney Barratt (violin); Kenneth Burward-Hoy (viola); Virgina Burward-Hoy (cello); Jean-Michel Pilc, Edsel Gomez (piano); Etienne Stadwijk (keyboards); Frederique Favarel (acoustic & electric guitars); Jeffrey Levine (acoustic bass); Mokthar Samba, Jeremy Gaddie, Omar Hakim, Stephan Vera, Ari Hoenig (drums); Luisito Quintero (percussion); Alune Faye.
Principally recorded at Manhattan Center Studios, New York, New York from November 1998 to January 1999. Includes liner notes by Richard Bona.
Richard Bona's debut solo album Scenes from My Life is an unexpected delight, a first effort of such assurance that it's nearly irresistable. Bona blends a smooth production with fusions of contemporary jazz and music from his native country, Cameroon, West Africa. He has a warm, fluid style on bass and his voice is pure, high and lovely. To some undiscriminating ears, it may sound a little too smooth, but there is no calculation behind this music, only joy, and that is what makes Scenes from My Life a first-class debut. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine