Tuesday, July 08, 2014

New Releases: Loleatta Holloway - Dreamin': The Loleatta Holloway Anthology 1976-1982; Willie Jones - Fire In My Soul; Bobby Hutcherson - Total Eclipse


A great range of work from the legendary Loleatta Holloway – a singer who started out in southern soul, then brought a deep soul style to the disco dancefloor – where she was easily one of the most righteous vocalists of the time! The package does a great job of showing Loleatta at all her depth – and not only includes key club hits, but also some wicked mellower tracks that we almost love even more – plus projects with other artists like Salsoul Orchestra, Dan Hartman, Bunny Sigler, and Bobby Womack! The 2CD set features 23 tracks in all – including "I'm In Love", "Dreamin", "Worn Out Broken Heart", "Run Away", "Only You", "I May Not Be There When You Want Me (12" version)", "Vertigo/Relight My Fire", "That's What You Said (12" mix)", "Baby It's You", "Seconds (12" mix)", "Hit & Run (12" rmx)", "Short End Of The Stick", "Love Sensation (12" version", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", and "Two Became A Crowd". ~ Dusty Groove


New recordings from Willie Jones – a singer who's been working in soul music since the late 50s – first as a key member of The Royal Jokers, and more recently as a solo artist on his own! Willie got his start in Detroit, but the style here is more deep soul overall – done with a southern tinge that recalls some of the recent revival work by Bettye LaVette or Mavis Staples. Bettye actually makes a guest appearance here – singing with Willie on the track "Without Redemption" – and the set also features guest work from Steve Cropper and Black Francis – on titles that include "Fire In My Soul", "Don't Mean A Damn", "Rollin & Smokin", "Troubled World", "In The Wind", "Reasons", and "The Road From Rags To Riches". ~ Dusty Groove


A brilliant collaboration between vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land – the first Blue Note album to feature the talents of the pair together, and a stone classic from the very first note! Hutcherson had already been making big waves for the label with his earlier sides – some avant, some soulful, all great – but adding Land's magical tenor and flute to the mix really opens his sound up a lot, and unlocks a lyrical quality in Bobby's music that really points the way to his flourishing years in the 70s! Yet all is not totally sweet – as both Land and Hutcherson maintain an edginess on the record that makes it more of a progression from the "new thing" years than a break – and pianist Chick Corea is on hand, moving through a very similar path in his own music too. Other players include Reggie Johnson on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and the tracks are nice and long, with that free-wheeling soulful sound that Land seemed to nicely bring to Hutcherson's playing. Titles include "Herzog", "Same Shame", "Maxtrix", "Total Eclipse", and "Pompeian". ~ Dusty Groove

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