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Monday, December 18, 2017

Andrea Marr - Natural - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Natural, from Andrea Marr and it conjures up images of old time soul and R&B. Opening with driving number, Force Of Nature one can't help thinking of Otis Redding and his aggressive vocal styling. backed by Dave Reynolds on guitar, Rob Little on bass, Roby Corelli on drums, Cameron Fallaw on keys, and with powerful horn work of Sean Rankin on trumpet, Jeff Mead and Stuart Byrne on tenor sax, and Byrne on bari sax, this track is moving. Aretha Franklin's Rock Steady has great movement with a heavy bass line by Little and punchy horn lines. Blues ballad, That's Where Love Ends, is a super showcase for Marr's vocal lead as well as a nice sax solo by Andy O'Connell. Let's Take It To The Bedroom is a rumbling blues number and features a nice guitar solo by Reynolds. What Do I Have To Do had a super James Brown strut with cool bass work by Little and tight drums work by Corelli and trumpet by Rankin. Closing the release is Sticks and Stones, a dark jazzy ballad with a deep bass line by Steve Temple and a slick guitar solo by Reynolds. 

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