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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thornetta Davis - Honest Woman - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Honest Woman, from Thornetta Davis, and it is a fine mix of blues, R&B, soul, gospel, country and rock. Opening with I Gotta Sang The Blues, Thornetta Davis shows strong blues influences in this R&B rolling number with Kim Wilson on harp, Brett Lucas on guitar, James Simonson on bass, Phillip J Hale on keys and Todd Glass on drums. With a cool uptown blues feel, That Don't Appease Me has super guitar vamps and backing vocals under Davis' solid lead. With a funky feel, Set Me Free has a super bass line by Kerry Clark and stinging guitar soloing by Larry McCray over drumming by Steve McCray. One of my favorite tracks on the release this track not only features some of my favorite lead vocals but also rich backing vocals by Alvin Waddles, Lori Waddles, Kiara Thomas, Kevin Stewart, Chandra Lewis, Amani Henry and Diana L Davis. With a cool New Orleans swing, I Need A Whole Lotta Lovin To Satisfy Me, has a super feel and Davis' vocals are top notch. Trumpet by James O'Donnell and trombone by John Paxton add flavor and the drum work by Glass, percussion by James Anderson and nice keys by Phillip J Hale add a lot of spice. Soulful, I'd Rather Be Alone draws from Davis' soul and has real gospel feel. Lucas sets off with a crisp guitar solo punctuating a really nice track. On I Believe  (Everything Gonna Be Alright), Davis blends R&B, country and blues for a cool track with backing full vocals by Kennie Byrum, Carl Porter and Rodger Sims and nice slide work by Lucas.  On Sister Friends Indeed, Davis parlays a boogie beat into a delta style blues track fusion. Very cool. With big band like swing and gospel roots, Get Up And Dance Away Your Blues is another of my favorites with big time feel. Paul Carey adds a nice guitar solo and Marcus Belgrave's trumpet work adds a great top to the overall super vocals on this track. Funky Johnny Guitar Watson styling blended with modern neo soul vocals make this one of the best tracks on the release. Horn work including sax work by Dave McMurray and trumpet work by John Douglas really gives the track extra warmth and gives Lucas' guitar work more sting. Very nice. Title track, Honest Woman, has all of the components for a super radio track. With it's solid vocals, warm melody and tight instrumentals it should see cross playing across genres.  Wrapping the release is Feels Like Religion, a driving funky rocker with a plucky bass line by Simonson and with Stevie Wonder like tempo, this track with it's hot guitar solo by Lucas, keys by Haile and gospel like backing vocals by Crystal Matthews, Andre Delano, Diane Marie Mathis, Anna Wilhelm, Lynnette Smith, Juliaette Hamilton and Davis raises the roof!

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