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Pieces Of Me ~ Ledisi
Pieces Of Me ~ Ledisi
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Turn Me Loos" was Ledisi's most commercially successful release, topping Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and peaking within the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.
The 2009 album also earned two Grammy nominations to go with the pair earned by 2007's Lost And Found.
On her fourth Verve Forecast disc, the singer continues to work beside Rex Rideout, Ivan Barias, and Carvin Haggins while adding Salaam Remi, Mike City, and Chuck Harmony -- all of whom are among adult contemporary R&B's most prominent and successful studio hands -- and a handful of up-and-comers.
"Hate Me" is a hot Southern soul ballad and "Shut Up" packs… Read more
Songs Of Mirth and Melancholy ~ Branford Marsalis
Songs Of Mirth and Melancholy ~ Branford Marsalis
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It may have taken just three days to record, but this new duo recording from sax player Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo has 13 years of music-making behind it, dating back to when Calderazzo replaced the late, great Kenny Kirkland in the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1998.
We've come to expect a superabundance of imagination from both these players, but in "Songs of Mirth and Melancholy" Marsalis and Calderazzo seem to tap into even deeper levels of musical empathy and intuition.
Having finally decided to take the plunge and record - a decision precipitated by a short, four-tune set at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival - what impresses most over the album's nine tracks… Read more
Plays the Sound of Philadelphia ~ Dee Long
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Larry Carlton is arguably the most influential guitarist over the last 30 years.
His latest album "Larry Carlton Plays The Sound of Philadelphia" is a tribute to the material from the songbooks of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and Thom Bell, who wrote a succession of hits for The Spinners, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The O'Jays and many other soul and R&B legends.
The "making" of the album was quite unusual.
The most surprising thing about the CD is that Larry was the last man in. The album was almost completely recorded and produced by Billy Terrell, who had cut the tracks thinking that he was going to have a vocalist sing the tunes for this tribute to the Philly soul… Read more