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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vanessa Collier - Honey Up - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Honey Up, by Vanessa Collier and I really like it. Opening with funky, New Orleans soaked, Sweating Like A Pig is a great track with  sassy vocal lines and great sax swing. Collier is really getting it going now. With Nick Stevens  on drums, Nick Trautmann on bass, William Gorman on keys, Laura Chavez on guitars, Quinn Carson on trombone and Doug Woolverton on trumpet, this track is a opener that's hard to beat! Title track Honey Up has a deep funky groove and Trautmann really sets the pace. Collier is booked as a sax player but her vocal style and efforts are top notch giving this track a certain spank. This track has an incredible groove led by Trautmann and Stevens and with this horn section you better step back... it's about to blow. Hot! Percolatin' has an infectious feel and Collier really sails on it showing her excellent feel for the music, shored up by Gorman on organ. Super. The Fault Line give Chavez a wide open floor to express herself and she doesn't need much encouragement with big fat chops and loads of experience. Excellent! Bluesy, Bless Your Heart, has solid radio appeal with strong vocals by Collier and just the right guitar spank from Chavez. Very nice. With it's strong James Brown beat thanks to Stevens and a sweet melody, You Get What You Get, is another track with solid radio appeal featuring Collier on vocal balanced by Gorman's keyboard work and capped off with a swinging sax solo.  Wrapping the release is Chris Smithers' Love Me Like A Man done slow blues style with some of Collier's most soulful vocals featuring Sparky Parker on electric guitar and of course a healthy sax solo by Collier to close the show. This is an excellent closer for an excellent release. 

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