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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blooming Tunes Music artist: Diane Durrett - Diane Durrett & Soul Suga Live - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Diane Durrett & Soul Suga Live from Diane Durrett and it's a funky, soul drenched live outing. Opening with Bright Side, Durrett on vocal and guitar with sassy Billy Preston like organ work by Yoel B'nai Yehuda, with solid trombone work from Wes Funderburke, Gregg Shapiro on bass, Markham on guitar and Melissa Junebug on drums as well as rich backing vocals by Adam McKnight and Debra Reese. It Is What It Is is a cool soul track with a nice melody and gritty, Macy Gray like texture. For me Funderburke's trombone really shines on this track. Excellent! Wish It Would Rain is a really nice soulful ballad and the best showcase for Durrett's voice on the release. Backed by McKnight and Reese, this track is very strong. Smooth soul track, Be Somebody's Angel has super radio potential and with it's warm vocals and organ work. Very nice. Super New Orleans dripping, Sassy Larue has a strong drum driven beat and total trombone domination with firm organ bottom and a bounce bass beat. Very cool. Porter's Summertime gives Funderburke another excellent opportunity to shine and he makes this track his own. Killer. Wrapping the release is crowd favorite, Woohoo, a swinging blues shuffle with driving organ and piano, a rowdy trombone solo and the band really rolling. Solid closer for a solid release. 

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