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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kaye Bohler - Handle The Curves - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Handle the Curves, by Kaye Bohler and it has has a definite soul attitude. Opening with Diggin on My Man, a horn laden, R&B strut with a cool chicken fried guitar solo from Pete Anderson. The Way I Do Business is a bit smoother but still showing strong hor backing from the likes of Lee Thornburg (trumpet and trombone) and Ron Dzibuka (sax) as well as some nice piano work from Michael Murphy. Bubble Gum has a real Al Green style arrangement and by nature will be one of my favorite tracks. Drums by Jeff Sorenson and John Paul as well as the key work of Murphy strongly support Bohler's powerhouse voice. Title track, Handle The Curves is a slow soulful ballad with strong blues overtones. Solid B3 work on this track along with Bohler's vocals make this a leading contender for airplay choice. Backbone has a lot of attitude with a funky strut and great horns and a cool guitar break. Party Time is a fast paced swing type number with tight horn punctuation. Never overplayed Anderson steps up the guitar and hits it hard. Back in the Al Green groove, Slayed is another of my favorites. Dzibula lays down a real nice sax solo and the horns nicely compliment Murphy's key work throughout. It's The Blues takes a straight walk down the blues road. With a loose melody over a standard rhythm this track is easy to follow. Family Is Found has a little bit of rock blended into it's basic R&B feel. Carried on the shoulders of Murphy, Thronburg and Dzibula this track has a really clean sax solo to compliment Bohler's vocals. Wrapping the release is Don't Take My Hope Away, a spiritual/soul style track. It showcases Bohler's vocals as well as any track on the release and a nice conclusion to this release. I particularly like Murphy's keyboard work on this track.

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