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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923209829
  • Catalog Number: 2098
  • Sales rank: 143,540

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
Raphaël Jonin Mastering
Pete McGuiness Arranger
Robin McKelle Arranger, Composer, Producer
N. Hooper Composer
Jean Noel Ginibre Executive Producer
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