All My Friends Are Here

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All My Friends Are Here
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Studio album by
Recorded2005 - 2006
StudioRight Track Recording, New York
ProducerArif Mardin, Joe Mardin
Arif Mardin chronology
All My Friends Are Here

All My Friends Are Here is a studio album by Turkish-American record producer, arranger, and composer Arif Mardin, released on June 15, 2010. It is the album that Arif Mardin referred to as his life's work, featuring performances by artists whom he produced over the years of his career, including Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Phil Collins among them.[1][2][3]

Whereas Arif Mardin's first two albums were instrumental, All My Friends Are Here is an album of his songs. Arif Mardin is a film buff and wrote collages for each song. In the trailer for The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story, Arif Mardin said the songs were visual, film music in his mind.

Recording sessions of All My Friends Are Here were filmed for the companion documentary The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story.


Recording sessions took place in New York from 2005 to 2006, starting with "So Blue". In producing Chaka Khan's vocal, Khan said "He showed me what it was really like to sing jazz.[4]"[5]


1."The Greatest Ears in Town"Bette Midler, Marc ShaimanArif Mardin feat. Bette Midler & Barry Gibb4:40
2."So Blue"Arif Mardin, Roxanne SeemanArif Mardin feat. Chaka Khan & David Sanborn4:58
3."No Way Out"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Nicki Parrott5:31
4."Goodbye to Rio"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Raul Midon4:15
5."No One"Margo Guryan, Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Dianne Reeves3:21
6."So Many Nights"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Danny O'Keefe4:13
7."Calls a Soft Voice"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Carly Simon5:41
8."Longing for You"Arif Mardin, Michael MarguliesArif Mardin feat. Norah Jones6:49
9."Dual Blues"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Amy Kohn5:31
10."Chez Twang’s"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Dr. John5:38
11."Willie’s After Hours (Lone Star Blues)"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Willie Nelson & Katreese Barnes5:58
12."All My Friends Are Here"Arif MardinArif Mardin feat. Members of the Average White Band, The Bee Gees and the Rascals, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates, Lalah Hathaway, Boy Meets Girl & Randy Brecker4:32
13."Wistful"Arif MardinArif Mardin1:25


  1. ^ Loudon, Christopher. "Mardin Magic: A Tribute to Producer Arif Mardin". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  2. ^ "All My Friends Are Here - Arif Mardin | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  3. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2010-04-03). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  4. ^ Dawes, Amy (2010-06-30). "The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story Premieres". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  5. ^ The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story (EPK), retrieved 2019-10-23

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