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Mess Around
     

Mess Around

by Robin McKelle
 

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Robin McKelle's previous recordings featured a big band, with her vocal stylings leaning on the pop side of jazz. While effective to a degree, she sounds similar in this setting, where this band is stripped down, a small horn section remains and electric keyboards still give the music a retro feel. Her tune choices are all over the map, copping soul and pop tunes with

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Robin McKelle's previous recordings featured a big band, with her vocal stylings leaning on the pop side of jazz. While effective to a degree, she sounds similar in this setting, where this band is stripped down, a small horn section remains and electric keyboards still give the music a retro feel. Her tune choices are all over the map, copping soul and pop tunes with a funky underpinning, rarely swinging although occasionally shuffling, and featuring McKelle's coarse, gritty, at times supple, sophisticated voice. Her accompanying musicians are cream-of-the-crop up-and-comers, including keyboardist Xavier Davis, bassist Tim Lefevbre, saxophonists Mark Gross and Alex Harding, as well as two appearances by veteran Houston Person. Inspired by Ray Charles, the title track takes on a boogaloo facade with Wurlitzer organ, but a similar beat is thrust into Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows." Better suited for ballads as "Cry Me a River," McKelle does have that blue-eyed soul thing going on, but it's the amalgam of the Beatles meeting James Brown through "The Girl from Ipanema" during her version of "Eleanor Rigby" that shows where McKelle is really coming from. A credible effort if not somewhat been there/done that by others, it's to Robin McKelle's plus side that she is seeking new vibes out of something created in her old soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923209829
catalogNumber:
2098

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin McKelle   Primary Artist
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Mark Gross   Tenor Saxophone
Adam Klipple   Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Alain Mallet   Piano,Wurlitzer
Marvin Sewell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Tucker   Tenor Saxophone
Alex Harding   Baritone Saxophone
Xavier Davis   Piano,Wurlitzer
Jeff Galindo   Trombone
Travis Sullivan   Alto Saxophone
Mark McLean   Percussion,Drums
Ravi Best   Trumpet
Scott Harrell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nelson Foltz   Trombone
Tim Lefevbre   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Gordon Gano   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Alain Mallet   Arranger
Doc Pomus   Composer
Fred Wesley   Arranger
Pete McGuiness   Arranger
Robin McKelle   Arranger,Composer,Producer
N. Hooper   Composer
Jean Noel Ginibre   Executive Producer

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