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Monday, September 28, 2020

Highlander Records artist: A Band Called Sam - Legacy - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Legacy, from A Band Called Sam. Built around the vocals of Sandra Taylor, the stylized guitar lead of Gary Sellers and hard working Richie Cannata on sax these guys are really pumping. With Danny Kean on keys, Lawrence Worrell on rhythm guitar, Mario Staiano on drums and Gary Grob on bass, this is a tight unit. On opener, Voice of the Blues, a slick shuffle, with Kean and Cannata working hand in hand with Sellers pushing the energy and Taylor's powerful vocals, a solid opener. On funky R&B number, Good To Ya, Worrell has the mic and really does a nice job. The track really moves and with strong key likes and interesting guitar work, this is one of my favorites on the release. Slow blues track, Papa Blues has a smooth, T Bone Walker kind of feel and really showcases Taylor's vocals. Clocking in at over 7 minutes with excellent keyboard soloing, and a powerful instrumental punch, this is a super track. With a lot of sass Taylor joins with Angela Canini fir a strong vocal duet on, Nothing In The Streets which checks all of the blocks for the ideal radio track with a solid melody, great vocals, and tight instrumentation. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Stinger with a lot of funk. This track, with lead vocals by Worrell shows definite influences of Clinton and Funkadelic. A solid mover and strong closer. 

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