Posts Tagged ‘ Patrick Lamb ’

Patrick Lamb – Soul Ties

Patrick Lamb is the saxophonist of the stars. He performs with Gino Vannelli, Bobby Caldwell, Esperanza Spalding, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tommy Thayer, Diane Schuur, Bobby Kimball, Alice Cooper, and Smokey Robinson. However, his limited time still allows him to successfully pursue his solo career.

This we tie to his albums, as there are The Closer I Get (2000), Sunshine Alley (2002), With A Christmas Heart (2003), Soul Of A Free Man (2007), Don’t Get No Better (2007) as duo with Patsy Meyer, It’s All Right Now (2011), Pick Up The Pieces (2013), and this year Soul Ties.

Patrick plays sax on all tracks and is supported by Alex Al (bass), Tony Maiden (guitar), Jeff Lorber (keyboards), Lil John Roberts (drums). Cameron Morgan plays the second guitar on Liner Cross. Patrick has written all tracks with the exception of two covers. Listening to the introducing track Tailgate, makes it immediately audible that Patrick approaches his themes with raw energy and an irrepressible presence.

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Patrick Lamb – Soul Ties

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Patrick Lamb, who spent most of last year on tours playing back-up for Jazz & R&B greats Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Gino Vannelli, has stepped out on his own to release his own solo project Soul of a Free Man (2007) –a title that appropriately describes Patrick’s journey to find his own musical voice and the remarkable collaborations with his co-writer’s.

His first one was With A Christmas Heart (2002). Holiday Bossa Nova, Soulful Jazz, featuring the combination of the tenor sax, accoustic guitar, keyboards, drums, and a few vocals boasting the the sounds of an old school Blue Note, or Verve release. The next was Sunshine Alley (2002). Blues, funky, soulful jazz, featuring the combination of the tenor sax and organ boasting the sounds of an old Blue Note album.

His brand new one is Soul Ties, which is distributed on Patrick’s concerts before it goes national.

Patrick Lamb – It’s All Right Now

If you read my review of the Portland, Oregon saxophonist’s ‘Sunshine Alley’ album from 2002, you’ll understand why I was so excited to have the chance to write about the latest release ‘It’s All Right Now’.

In 2011, the sound has changed a great deal and my first impression of the upbeat opener ‘Walk Away’ is how instantly appealing and commercial it is. The fact that keyboard and production wizard Jeff Lorber is involved is never going to hurt its chances. This should get massive airplay. It’s appropriate that a saxophonist delivering funky grooves should record a tribute to one of the true greats. ‘Maceo!’ (don’t forget that exclamation mark) is just that; a shout out to a funk master. Everything about this song is right – the sax lead, the chanting horn backing, the chugging rhythm section, sweet rhythm guitar and a nicely retro organ sound. Love, love, love this!

‘Back to Mississippi’ has the same strong alto sound but a much more relaxed feel. It makes me think of the classy productions that The Crusaders were wowing us all with in the 1970’s. I like the retro feel and chant vocals on the funky title track. The groove is really in the pocket and you’ll swear you hear Wilton Felder’s sound here. This has all the elements that got me hooked on jazz-funk 30 years or more ago. Addictive.

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