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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/2009
  • Label: Obliqsound
  • UPC: 823889800529
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 252,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ma Foya (5:01)
  2. 2 Altar Call (4:57)
  3. 3 Hold On (4:51)
  4. 4 Little Sister (3:34)
  5. 5 Le Jardin - Onaje Jefferson (4:19)
  6. 6 Yi Yipada (4:28)
  7. 7 Unconditional - Alicia Olatuja (4:03)
  8. 8 Speak (3:12)
  9. 9 Walk with Me - Alicia Olatuja (6:48)
  10. 10 Mama Ola (8:59)
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Album Credits

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
Juan Pablo Alcaro Mastering
Gabriele Donati Graphic Design
Femi Temowo Composer, Producer
Antonio Feola Engineer
Michael Olatuja Arranger, Composer, Producer
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