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Friday, June 29, 2018

Keeshea Pratt Band - Believe - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Believe, from Keeshea Pratt Band and I really like it! Opening with soul fused, Make It Good, Keeshea's vocals let you know that you are listening to something special. Pratt has a solid horn section of Misaki Nishidate on trumpet, Dan Carpenter on sax and James Williams III on trumpet and Brian Sowell on lead guitar, Shawn Allen on bass and Nick Fishman on drums. Cool opener. Kicking it open on Have A Good Time Y'all is a romping and rolling blues shuffle with slick guitar lead, a great bass line and smoking hot sax work.  In The Mood has a great bass line and Pratt is all over this track with rich vocals. WahWah guitar and funky rhythm makes this such a great track. It's Too Late is soulful and sassy. Pratt has such great phrasing and feel and the horns are spot on, accented by excellent piano and organ work. With a snappy New Orleans drum beat, Shake Off These Blues, the band rolls into a rocking R&B number with hot sax, trumpet and guitar solos giving this track real spank! Shuffle track, Easily Replaced gives Carpenter and Sowell the stage for some real nice riffs supporting Pratts vocal lead. Very nice. Check out Monkey See, Monkey Do and it's R&B roll. Pratt has great attitude, delivering the blues that way you really want it and a pumped up horn section really delivers with stinging support by Sowell on guitar. Excellent! Just when you think you've heard what it's all about, Pratt comes with more on title track, Believe and it's deep funk bass line. Her vocals adapt nicely to every string of the blues and she's in total control, with horns on high alert. Very very nice!  Wrapping the release is a live version of slow blues number, So Bad Blues clocking in at over 8 minutes. With Pratt sounding as if she is on a tower singing the gospel and Sowell balancing her on guitar over the excellent bass work of Allen, this is an excellent closer for an excellent release! You must check this out if you love the blues!

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