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Speak
     

Speak

by Michael Olatuja
 
What a curious cocktail of African music, jazz, soul, and gospel Michael Olatuja has cooked up on Speak. Although the bass player takes a back seat, underpinning the tunes on the disc, his writing skills are very sharp indeed, with some excellent musicians and vocalists to help him out. It all kicks off with a West African groove on "Ma Foya," but those roots

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What a curious cocktail of African music, jazz, soul, and gospel Michael Olatuja has cooked up on Speak. Although the bass player takes a back seat, underpinning the tunes on the disc, his writing skills are very sharp indeed, with some excellent musicians and vocalists to help him out. It all kicks off with a West African groove on "Ma Foya," but those roots are just one facet of Olatuja's talent. He's often more about soul, as he shows on "Le Jardin" (which could have been lifted from the Stevie Wonder songbook), "Hold On," or the ballad "Unconditional." But there's also gospel with "Walk with Me" (a traditional piece and the only non-original) and "Altar Call," while hip-hop appears on the title cut. And what about the jazz? Its inflections suffuse the whole album, but are strongest on the closer, "Mama Ola," which turns into a subtle, melodic jam. Put it all together and it shows Olatuja to be an excellent composing talent with a great future.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Obliqsound
UPC:
0823889800529
catalogNumber:
5

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Performance Credits

Michael Olatuja   Primary Artist,Electric Bass,Track Performer,Acoustic Bass,fender rhodes
Jason Rebello   Piano,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Jean Toussaint   Soprano Saxophone
Thomas Dyani-Akuru   Percussion
Troy Miller   Drums
Andrew Roachford   Vocals,Lead
Volker Sträter   Percussion
Lynden David Hall   Vocals,Lead
Terri Walker   Vocals,Lead
Heidi Vogel   Background Vocals
Luke "Lukvatine" Smith   Keyboards
Jerry Brown   Drums
Femi Temowo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Traditional   Composer
Justin Underhill   Engineer
Michele Locatelli   Executive Producer
Gabriele Donati   Graphic Design
Femi Temowo   Composer,Producer
Antonio Feola   Engineer
Michael Olatuja   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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