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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blue Dot Records artist: Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After A While - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, After A While, from Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra and it's really strong. Opening with Second Chance, a cool R&B track featuring Walker on lead vocal, backed by Anthony Paule on guitar, Paul Olguin on bass, Tony Lufrano on keys, Derrick "D'Mar" Martin on drums and vibes, Tom Poole on trumpet, Derek James on trombone, Charles McNeal on tenor sax, Johnnie Bamont on bari sax and flute, and featuring Loralee Christensen, Larry Batiste and Glenn Walters on backing vocals. Title track, After A While is a particularly soulful track and Walker really digs in vocally. Of particular note is the warmth of the horn section especially the rich tenor work of McNeal and the throaty bari work by Bamont. Slick, R&B track, I Don't Want To Take A Chance, has solid radio potential with Walkers effortless lead and nicely presented backing vocals. Thanks For The Dance has a Tex Mex feel with cool "south of the border" guitar styling by Paule. It's all about the bass groove on If Only with it's effect on your feet (and your seat). Another standout track is Look What You've Done To Me with rumbling tom toms by D'Mar and a slick muted trumpet solo by Poole. Easy paced, I Don't Want To Know, has great vocal posture and Paule's laid back guitar riffs add just the right amount of zip. Funky, The Willie Walk is my favorite track on the release with a great bass line, full horn compliment, featuring a great solos on trombone from James, on trumpet by Poole, on sax byBamont and on organ by Lufrano. Excellent! Wrapping the release is the soulful, Your Good Thing (Is About To End). Walker's vocals are rich with soul, backed by gospel like vocals by Christiansen, Baptiste and Walters and soaked in rich blues guitar riffs by Paule. This is an excellent closer for a really solid release. 

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