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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kelly Z - Rescue - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rescue, from Kelly Z and it's quite enjoyable. Opening with James Brown's What Do I Have To Do, Kelly Z has that driving sound, backed by Teresa James, Shari Puorto and Lisa Orloff Staley on vocal, Rick Reed on bass, John Marx on guitar, and Bryan Head on drums. Mo Beeks really ramps in up with some super keyboard work and the horn section featuring Andy Najira on sax and Stan Martin on trumpet pump up the sound. On The Shirelles' Baby It's You, Kelly shines with only minor changes from the original arrangement one upped by nice trumpet work by martin and guitar soloing by Perry Robertson. Mike Bloomfield's ballad, You Don't Realize has a solid feel, backed by Barry Goldberg on B3 and Roy Weigand on trumpet. Very nice. Tina Turner's high energy Trying To Find My Mind is up next with sassy vocals and featuring Chuck Kavooras on slide. Isaac Hayes' Do Your Thing is my favorite track on the release with a dynamo bass groove by Reed and a slinky guitar solo by Marx. Very cool! Wrapping the release is Jimmie Davis' You Are My Sunshine. This track is almost unrecognizable as the tune we've all heard as children due to it's pumped up horn lines, heavy tom tom and R&B feel. Very smooth closer for a cool release.  

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