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Friday, December 15, 2023

Blue Heart Records artists: Arlen Roth and Jerry Jemmott - Super Soul Session! - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Super Soul Session!, by Arlen Roth and Jerry Jemmott and its a cool updated, guitar super charged, soul package. Opening with soul favorite, I'm Just A Mortal Man, African vocalist, Mukamuri, is upfront on lead vocal with a super bass line by Jerry Jemmott and featuring some tasty riffs by "telecastermaster" Arlen Roth. On BB King's The Thrill Is Gone, Roth lays down sensuous guitar lead under the soulful vocal lead of Joe Louis Walker.  Not just a regular cover of King's classic, Roth remakes the sinuses of the song giving it new vitality. Aretha's Chain of Fools maintains all of it's soulful swagger but nobody could ever tough her vocals so Roth takes the melody on guitar giving it a thorough rework and Jemmott rocks the bottom. This will get you moving. Mukamuri on lead vocal gives Dobie Gray's Drift Away new legs with solid lead vocal over the thumping bass lines of Jemmott and  Chris Parker on drums, reinforced by Alex Salzman on keys, Tom Gage on rhythm guitar and Bruce Katz on organ. Memphis Soul Stew is a really cool track building from Jemmott on bass and vocal and building it up from there. Adding Parker on drums the the track starts to broaden and rhythm guitar by Gage adds texture. Katz joins next with full boat organ and background vocals. Things really start to get funky when the Uptown Horns drop in with Crispin Cioe on alto and bari sax, Arno Hecht on tenor sax, Larry Etkin on trumpet and Tony Gorruso punch it up and Roth lays in strong guitar soloing of his own. You're talking real funk here. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Roth on slide guitar working with Salzman and Katz on keys, Jemmott on bass and Parker on drums working over an elaborate rendition of America The Beautiful. Solid closer. 

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