FRANK MCCOMB - LIVE AT THE BITTER END: REMEMBERING DONNY HATHAWAY
There's nobody better we can think of to pay tribute to Donny Hathaway than Frank McComb – given that both Frank's wonderful vocals and keyboard work draw a lot from Donny's originals of the 70s, but have always taken his inspiration in really rich new directions on McComb's recent albums! Yet here, Frank really gets back to basics – and plays live at The Bitter End, in a warmly intimate style that's reminiscent of the classic Donnie Hathaway Live album of the 70s – although even more personal, given that the set only features Frank solo, on both acoustic and electric piano – but with a fullness that's amazing, and which really makes us keep imagining a bigger band behind him. McComb performs great versions of "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Love Love Love", "Flying Easy", "A Song For All", and "You Were Meant For Me" – plus his own "We'll Carry Your Name On", a tribute to Donny. The CD also closes with a version of "Little Ghetto Boy" played with backing from a bigger group, too. ~ Dusty Groove.
FRANK MCCOMB - LIVE IN JOHANNESBURG
Wonderful work from one of the greatest living soul singers we can think of – the vastly under-recognized Frank McComb – an artist we'd rank right up there with our favorite talents from the 70s! Frank's amazing in this live setting – working with heavy Fender Rhodes alongside his vocals, in a warm and jazzy blend that's somewhere between Donny Hathaway and Webster Lewis – really stretched out on these long tracks that are even more expressive and evocative than Frank's work in the studio! No surprise, McComb serves up a remake of Hathaway's "The Ghetto" with a new Soweto twist – and other tracks include "Another Day", "Left Alone", "Contact", and "Do You Remember Love". CD also fetures two bonus tracks – "The Way I Feel" and "I Can Feel The Spirit". ~ Dusty Groove.
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