This is no April Fools Brand New Something For The Weekend with a Gok Wan make over..enjoy Fitzroy Anthoney Facey
This Friday 1st April and it’s no pinch punch first of the month joke either, yours truly will be bringing the April Showering of soul surviving music to The Streatham Soul Club SW16. I’ll be joining the Scottish Crocodile Dundee of DJ’s Stevie Dundee between 7pm-1am for some of the most eclectic selection you’ll hear “South Of The River” like Mica Paris. So if ya celebrating an earthday an anniversary of just life, come down for the Aleem “Get Down Friday Night” session..it’s “FREE” like John Inman, Deniece Williams or Ultranate
The Brazilian skills of Ed Motta individually as a talented modern day jazz soul vocalist sees him swimming in the same pool as Gregory Porter, Mario Biondi and Jarrod Lawson. Featuring an A list cast of musicianship from keyboardists Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, flautist Hubert Laws, and drummer Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, the album is top quality. Ed’s voice evokes memories of the late Louie Armstrong and Eddie Jefferson smooth gruffness, with a touch of Al Jarraue’s panache. “Captain’s Refusal” harbours hallmarks of Steely Dan’s jazzy soulfulness leading various elements of cocktail lounge and big band jazz that are evident as the album reaches it’s halfway stage. The truly infectious cuts are “Heritage De Ja Vu”, “The Owner”, “A Towns In Flames” and a killer jazz dance killer “I Remember Julie”. There’s a touch of the old soft shoe shuffle slow jazz treatment on “Forgotten Nickname” and elements of a late 1960’s Dave Mackay and Vicky Hamilton vocal influence on “Overblown Overweight”. There is an appreciated synergy with the break of vocal and instrumentation allowing both elements to flourish on this classy and “Slick” like Ramsey Lewis album.