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Monday, November 14, 2016

Tastee - Tone Records artist: Dave Keller - Right Back Atcha - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Right Back Atcha, from Dave Keller and it's a funky blues party. Opening with R&B track, It's Time You Made Up Your Mind, and it has a great groove. With Jessica Friedman on bari and alto sax, Joe Moore on tenor and Terry Youk on C melody sax the horn section is rich. 2 AM Talks continues with a driving soul feel and Keller sets out a biting guitar solo over Ira Friedman's Hammond, Gary Lotspeich on bass and Brett Hoffman on drums. Hi steppin' title track, Right Back Atcha, has a great bass line from Lotspeich and a crisp guitar solo from Keller under his rich vocals. Prime soul track, Deeper Than The Eye Can See opens with a real nice piano line from Friedman and the soulful vocals sounding like a blend of Lionel Richie and Van Morrison. Very nice. Forever Summer has a different blend of sounds with vocal duets with Morgan Klarich giving it more of a pop country phrasing. Slow Train slides out of the chute with warm sax harmonies and Keller's lead vocal paired with April Caspari gives it real radio appeal. Joe Moore's sax work gives the track an even more soulful feel. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Circles, has a slow warm pace and nice organ work by Friedman. Keller uses his guitar effectively with a introspective solo on this track, nicely complimenting his super vocals. Another track that reminds me quite a bit of Morrison, She's Just Katie, has strong commercial potential with a great hook, strong melody, strong lead vocal and complimentary guitar work. This is a very strong track. Willing To Learn has a lot of the feel and delivery of Wilson Pickett and a strong vocal effort from Keller. Warm sax work and smooth melody makes this another candidate for best track on the release. Wrapping the release is You Make It Easy, a soulful pop track. This is a really cool release with great vocals and smooth instrumentals. Check it out.

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