I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Love Light Orchestra featuring John Nemeth and it's a super R&B show. Opening with See Why I Love You super vocalist John Nemeth leads this super group of Marc Franklin on trumpet, Scott Thompson on trumpet, Jason Yasinsky on trumpet, Art Edmalston on tenor sax, Kirk Smothers on bari sax, Jon Restino on guitar, Gerald Stephens on piano, Tim Goodwin on bass and Earl Lowe on drums. Edmalston cranks out a real nice solo on this one punched up by the tight trumpet work making it a terrific opener. Blues shuffle, Bad Breaks has terrific swagger with excellent guitar lead by Restivo and a nice tenor solo by Edmalston. Excellent! Nemeth's vocals are really nice on every track but none better than bluesy ballad, I've Been Wrong So Long, really enriched by warm sax work and punchy trumpet. Very nice. Another shuffle, Sometimes plays Nemeth's vocals in call and response with Restino's slick guitar riffs. Stephens gets a real nice opportunity to lay out the keys and Edmalston gets the chance to throw down a squealer of his own. Very cool. Lonesome and High has great guitar lead with Nemeth's vocals riding high. The horn section here lacks nothing with depth and warmth. A cool track and one of the best on the release. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Singing For My Supper, with great incredible style. The horn section really pops on this one and Restino's soloing is emotional and fluid. Wrapping the release is Al Green's Love and Happiness, a great closer. This band has great style and all the talent you could ask for. The people who were lucky enough to see this show live at Bar DKDC in Memphis were damn lucky.
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