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Released  1995
Language  English
Release date  1995
Label  Warner Bros. Records
Length  57:02
Artist  Michael Franks
Producer  Gil Goldstein
Genres  Smooth jazz, Vocal jazz
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Abandoned Garden is a smooth vocal jazz album by American singer-songwriter and musician Michael Franks. Released in 1995 with Warner Bros. Records, it was Franks' thirteenth studio album, and his final album of new material with Warner Bros.


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The album is a dedication to the memory of Brazilian jazz musician, singer and composer Antônio Carlos Jobim. Franks had drawn artistic inspiration throughout his career from Jobim, and had collaborated with him in the past.

"Somehow Our Love Survives" marked the return of keyboardist and lyricist Joe Sample, with whom Franks had collaborated with on numerous albums previously, including Sleeping Gypsy in 1977 and Blue Pacific in 1990.


  • Michael Franks – vocals, guitar, banjo
  • Brian Mitchell – vocals
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Chuck Loeb – guitar
  • John Leventhal – electric guitar
  • Diane Barere, Mark Orrin Shuman, Frederick Slotkin – cello
  • Bob Mintzer – flute, alto flute
  • Lawrence Feldman – alto flute
  • Manolo Badrena – woodwinds, percussion
  • Joshua Redman – soprano saxophone
  • David Sanborn, Andy Snitzer – alto saxophone
  • Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker – flugelhorn
  • Keith O'Quinn – trombone
  • Eliane Elias, Russell Ferrante, Gil GoldsteinBob James, Carla Bley – piano
  • Peter Erskine – drums, percussion
  • Chris Parker, Lewis Nash – drums
  • Don Alias, Bashiri Johnson – percussion
  • Support

  • Jimmy Haslip, Michael Colina, Russell Ferrante – arrangement
  • James Farber – audio mixer
  • Ken Schles, Fredrick Nilsen – photography
  • Recording at Bearsville Studios, Clinton, Make Believe Ballroom, Power Station, Sound on Sound
  • Reception

    Reaction to Abandoned Garden was mixed.

    Writing for AllMusic, Ross Boissoneau praised the input of "heavy hitters", but lamented it was "neither Franks' best effort nor particularly evocative of the great Brazilian composer" the album was dedicated to. He concluded "while the revolving door of stars has served Franks well on other recordings, here they don't seem to add up to much."

    The jazz/blues Down Beat magazine rated the album "good" in their March 1996 issue, reporting it to be "a genuine keeper, a guilty pleasure. Somehow Franks, a song stylist more than a jazz vocalist, once again gets his way, singing his indelible melodies that before you know it are under your skin, into your veins and etched into your soul..."


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