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Heart of Memphis

Robin McKelle & The Flytones Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: OKeh
  • ASIN: B00GU3UX30
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. About to Be Your Baby
2. Good Time
3. Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
4. Control Yourself
5. Forgetting You
6. Heart of Memphis
7. Like a River
8. Easier That Way
9. What You Want
10. Good & Plenty
11. Baby You're the Best
12. Down with the Ship
13. It's over This Time

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Robin McKelle (b.1976 New York) is jazz singer, regularly compared to Ella Fitzgerald for her alto register. She has shared the stage with prestigious artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Bobby McFerrin.

Memphis. The city is like a place of pilgrimage for any soul, blues, or rhythm and blues fan. “I wanted to capture the Memphis sound in the recording process and the goal was to write the music and arrangements with that sound in mind.” says Robin McKelle.

Her amazing way of singing ‘It’s Over This Time’ and her poignant interpretation of ‘Forgetting You’ (one of the two covers on the album, along with ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ which has been rearranged in a deep soul style), illustrate perfectly where she finds her inspiration.

McKelle was really keen to sing McClinton's ‘Forgetting You’: “He was an African American country music singer and songwriter, which was a very rare thing, by the way. After I heard a recording of James Carr sing it, and being blown away, I really wasn't sure I could pull it off but Scott encouraged me to do it. We both felt that it was an authentic Memphis song being written and recorded in Memphis so it brings some history to the music as well.” But she still needed to find the strength necessary to carry such a moment of intense emotion. “When I’m really going for it on a blues or something like really powerful, yes, I’m taking more from singers like Otis Redding, James Brown and Sam Moore.” she explains.

As for the title song, Heart Of Memphis, it has a country sound with a note of nostalgia. “I've been told so many times in my youth that I should be a country singer… ha ha! Well, I guess I've tapped into that part a little with my songwriting.”

Songs such as ‘About To Be Your Baby’, ‘Like A River’, and ‘Easier That Way’ immediately bring to mind the Hi Records sessions with Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell. “I love the way the horns have such a huge part of the sound”, says McKelle. “They are mixed pretty dry and they are out front in the mix. The horn lines are simple and strong but it’s as if they almost become as important as the melody at times.”

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5.0 out of 5 stars What a find 10 Jun 2014
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Found her by chance on Amazon and love the variety of styles she delivers on this album. It also has a retro soul/ R&B feel to it and took me back to my youth. Can't wait for her next album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Southern soul at its best 17 Jan 2014
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Each album Robin Mckelle releases is better than the last one. I love the way she experiments with different sounds, but always in the soul/jazz genre. This time she explores southern soul with a distinct Al Green / Otis influence. Stand out track for me is the brilliant cover of 'Forgetting you'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Memphis 30 Jun 2014
By Marlene A. Bartlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the CD and listening to Robin. She has great talent as well as versatility in all her work
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD will make you a fan of Soul music. 4 May 2014
By glen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have not collected soul music before, but Robin McKelle's voice was so good on her other albums that I just had to hear this one. I was not disappointed in that she has so much talent in any mode of music. I did like her jazz albums better, but I do lnot regret paying nearly $50 to buy this import album from France. I notice that the price has dropped to just under $40 now on Amazon.com, and this CD willl make a soul music fan of anyone who buys "Heart of Memphis".
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