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Showing posts with label Jerekus Singleton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jerekus Singleton. Show all posts

Friday, December 9, 2022

Second Half Records artist: Chris Antonik - Morningstar - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Morningstar, from Chris Antonik, and it's a blend of pop, rock and blues. Opening with heavy footed, Waves of Stone, with Derek Downham on drums, comes lumbering out of the blocks with Antonik on lead vocal and guitar, joined by Jerekus Singleton on lead guitar, Guenther Kapelle on bass, Jesse O'Brian on keys, Alison Young on sax, Richard Underhill on bari sax and backing vocals by Marlene O'Neill and Ciceal Levy on harmony vocals. Funky bottomed, Back To The Good, has a radio feel with cool backing vocals by Levy and adds William Carn on trombone and Tom Moffett on trumpet and features some scorching riffs by Antonik. The Greatest Americans (Part I and II) explore more artful music with Alison Young on synthesizer and sax, and featuring Antonik on open guitar melody and vocal leading into a funky rocker adding Derek Downham on drum programming and organ, and Lee Rogers on bass. Wrapping the release is ballad, Grace, with Antonik on vocal with Alan Zemantis on piano, slowly building with rich harmony vocals by Marlene O'Neill and Ciceal Levy, and slowly building with lead guitar by Antonik, Kapelle on bass, Riley O'Connor on drums and Derek Downham on organ, synthesizer and percussion. This is a cool release with a little something for everyone. 

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