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Michele Mele | Cha Cha | Abbeywood Records

Produced by Greg Kavanagh, the award winning Canadian “Dance Master” from BKS for Abbeywood Records, CHA CHA is a real cracker from fellow Canadian Michele Mele. It reminds me of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon… light, colorful and absolutely delicious. Atmospheric and dreamy from the first bar, it’s “Bossa Pop” personified. Each track is beautifully produced with an exceptionally light touch and minimum, unobtrusive instrumentation, which allows Michele’s Sade-like vocals to soar majestically. Lyrics are brilliantly mischievous… even cheeky… with a real sense of joy. Its hard to pick favorites, as all the tracks are exceptional, but “Not Going To Close My Heart” has an exceptional ethereal quality, whilst “Answer Every Question” is an essay in less is more, but the current single, “Cha Cha” is so cool it hurts! I’ve not stopped playing CHA CHA since it arrived and, you know what? Neither will you! ~SANDY SHORE

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WALTER DUDA - Kindred Spirits

WALTER DUDA
Kindred Spirits
World Alert Records

Here’s an excellent collection of original gems… KINDRED SPIRITS… from self-taught musician Walter Duda, out of New England, whose early interest in music was inspired by Dion and Bobby Darin. His later influences included Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Hollies, the Motown Sound, plus fusion keyboardists Brian Auger and George Duke. Vocally, this keyboardist-singer-songwriter lists Michael Franks, Mose Allison, and Bobby Caldwell…

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CAROL SABOYA - Belezas

CAROL SABOYA
Belezas – The Music Of Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento
AAM Music

Celebrating the Golden Years of Brazilian popular music, Carol Saboya’s new recording BELEZAS spotlights two favorites, Ivan Lins and Milton Nascimento, two of the most admired and interpreted jazz musicians and singers in the world! Produced by critically acclaimed Brazilian pianist and composer Antonio Adolfo, BELEZAS, which translated means “Beauties,” features the stunning vocals of Brazil’s Carol Saboya, who’s impeccable, fluid...

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TRAMMEL STARKS - Jet Stream

TRAMMEL STARKS
Jet Stream
Independent

A favorite song meets a critically acclaimed producer to blow through the jasmine in your mind! Seals & Crofts “Summer Breeze” re-imagined with a robust jazz arrangement by celebrated ATL composer, keyboardist and producer Trammell Starks featuring the compelling vocals of Geoff McBride (The Voice). The tune is engaging with a nod to the original, yet bathed in delicious jazz sensibilities. McBride’s soul-stirring vocals are quick to command full attention...

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FRANK THOMPSON - The Sound Of One

FRANK THOMPSON
The Sound of One
IS Productions LLC

THE SOUND OF ONE is powered by one… one talented, positive, innovative musician who conceived the idea for this project and composed and recorded every aspect of it. Louisiana’s Frank Thompson Jr. follows up his critically acclaimed 2011 release, ISLAND MAN with this soulful new concept album. Mr. Thompson’s influences run deep, starting with Chick Corea, whom Frank had the pleasure of watching up close and personal on one...

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