When I heard about the new album of Doc Powell, I thought by myself, why does he release only so few solo albums? After his debut, Love Is Where It’s At (1987), followed The Doctor (1992), Inner City Blues (1994), Laid Back (1996), Don’t Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya (1997), I Claim the Victory (1999), Life Changes (2001), 97th & Columbus (2003), Cool Like That (2004) and For Old Times Sake (2010), his best of album.
His new project This Is Soul (2016) is a reminder of on how many soul, gospel and jazz albums Doc has played as featured lead guitarist. Powell performed with Luther Vandross, Kirk Franklin, Aretha Franklin, Teddy Pendergrass, Jeffrey Osborne, Ashford & Simpson and Dionne Warwick, as well as contemporary jazz giants Grover Washington, Jr., Bob James and McCoy Tyner.
First track on his new album is a rendition of Love on Top, a song by American singer Beyoncé for her fourth studio album 4 (2011). After the first notes you will love Docs’ brilliant guitar sound. He carefully selected this track because it keeps the spirit of Whitney Houston and the Jackson 5, the fabulous music of the 80’s.
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