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Pride & Joy

Artist: Kevin Mahogany
Kevin Mahogany - Pride & Joy CD
Label: Telarc
Regular Price: $10.95
On Sale For: $5.48 
Year: 2002
Format: CD

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Vocalist Kevin Mahogany inherited the rich jazz and blues tradition of his Kansas City hometown, along with the great R&B of Detroit's Motown hit factory. Many of the sidemen on those legendary sessions were bona fide boppers, so it's not much of stretch to swing-out these timeless tunes. On this CD, Mahogany reconnects Motown with its jazz legacy, using his vibrant, deep-toned baritone and a rhythm section that includes the elegant pianist James Weidman, bassist Melissa Slocum, percussionist Don Alias, and guitarist Dave Stryker. Mahogany and crew extend and elaborate on these R&B chestnuts written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, Marvin Gaye, and Barrett Strong. Tunes such as Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" highlight Mahogany leading a scat-happy Take 6-type combo. "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (made famous by the Marvelettes) and the title track both swing with a Count Basie stroll. The Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You" is slowed down to a spare and sexy Cuban clave beat. Kevin Mahogany shows that the Motown sound grooves in all dimensions and decades. --Eugene Holley Jr.
ARTISTS
Kevin Mahogany (vocals); Jon Faddis (trumpet); James Weidman (piano); Dave Stryker (guitar); Melissa Slocum (bass); Charles Haynes (drums)
TRACKS
1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
2. Pride & Joy
3. I Can't Get Next To You
4. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
5. The Tears Of A Clown
6. Reach Out I'll Be There
7. My World Is Empty Without You
8. Never Can Say Goodbye
9. She's Out Of My Life
10. The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
11. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
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