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Phil Perry – Breathless

R&B icon Phil Perry is the featured vocalist on countless jazz and smooth jazz albums by George Benson, Fourplay, Najee, Bill Withers and many more. He is connected with Shanachie Entertainment since 2006. After Love Songs (2006), followed on this label Mighty Love (2007), Ready For Love (2010), Say Yes (2013) and A Better Man (2015). This year he returns with Breathless.

Phil works on the new album together again with longtime collaborator, producer and keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis. Both have the same ideal chemistry and are a well-established team. Further joining musicians are Asa Livingston (bass), Robbie Day, Tony DePaolo (guitar), Dawn Tall, Donnelly Smallwood, Rashan Langley, Kevin And Devotion, James (Bro) Minnis, Timmy Maia (background vocals), and Joe Cunningham (sax).

The album starts with the love ballad Breathless. Phil muses about the effects of love and excels in the well-known depth of expression, whereby he partly also reveals his scat-singing prowess. With the song Never Can Say Goodbye written by Fred Sawyers Phil moves deeper into one of the most emotional compositions.

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Phil Perry – A Better Man

BetterManTranscendent new album from one of the greatest R&B voices on the scene today. Phil Perry needs no introduction; famous for his #1 R&B hit “Call Me,” his lead vocals with Foreplay and Najee and Phil’s legendary group The Montclairs, his distinctive background vocals with the likes of Anita Baker, Barbra Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and others and his electrifying live performances, Phil Perry is without equal.

Special guests include Howard Hewett, Kim Waters and Rick Braun. Co-produced by Phil Perry and long time collaborator Chris Davis (Will Downing, Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Gerald Albright), A Better Man is guaranteed to please Phil Perry’s devoted fans. Pre-order the new album at Amazon.com.

Phil Perry – Say Yes

One wonders why a singer like Phil Perry is assigned to general jazz. For me, he is the embodiment of classic R&B. At festivals and also in recordings he worked often with representatives of smooth jazz. So you can listen to this singer on Najee’s The Smooth Side Of Soul or Rising Sun, Alexander Boynton Jr.’s Doo Bee Doo Bop or A. Ray Fuller’s The Weeper.

Phil has already recorded numerous solo projects. Since 2006 he is connected with Shanachie Entertainment. His newest album Say Yes was released Mar 12, 2013 and produced by Chris “Big Dog” Davis, who collaborated with Phil on all five Shanachie releases. “As always, when working with Big Dog (Davis), we try to address all the relevant directions relating to the material,” explains Perry. “We try to keep the classic essence while allowing me to be the artist that I am. What that means is singing the melody without it being sterile, inserting new background ideas and different instrumentation to contemporize the sound without removing the essence of classic R & B.”

Sam Cooke wrote You Send Me in the prime of his youth. Perry shows just what you can get out of such a piece. Starting in a classic approach, he continues the song in a Marvin Gaye way. With the enchanting Chanté Moore he pairs on Where Is The Love? Originally recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway carries this version also the splendor of immortality.

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Phil Perry – Say Yes

SayYesA great vocalist has a way of inhabiting a song, living it and making it their own. It takes especially great powers of interpretation for a singer to take a song definitively recorded by a legendary artist and give it new life with a fresh interpretation. Phil Perry takes on the ultimate challenge with the opening track of his new album, the indelible “You Send Me,” recorded in classic style by the peerless Sam Cooke, whose own unique phrasing style actually shapes the melody of the tune, which he wrote. Yet Phil Perry transforms the song while still retaining its essence, opening in “old school” style and then transmuting it into contemporary soul music. Few singers around today could have done it but those who have experienced the magic of Phil Perry’s talent will not be surprised.

On March 12, 2013, Shanachie Entertainment will release SAY YES, Phil Perry’s latest—and quite possibly, greatest—album. With special guests Chanté Moore and Najee, Phil delivers a splendid mix of originals and notable covers in a style befitting the man James Ingram who calls Perry “the most powerful singer I have ever heard.”

“As always, when working with Big Dog (Davis), we try to address all the relevant directions relating to the material,” explains Perry. “We try to keep the classic essence while allowing me to be the artist that I am. What that means is singing the melody without it being sterile, inserting new background ideas and different instrumentation to contemporize the sound without removing the essence of classic R & B.”

Produced by the multi-talented Chris “Big Dog” Davis, who has produced the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, and Kim Burrell, SAY YES, is a beautiful collection of original compositions co-written by Phil Perry and Davis, as well as reinventions of signature hits by such icons as Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Michael McDonald & Carly Simon and Sam Cooke. The CD features classic songs such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “You Belong To Me” and the aforementioned “You Send Me.” On “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Davis gives the track a subtle groove which takes the song out of pure balladry and Phil subtly gospelizes it, in short, a fresh approach to a song that has been recorded many times by other artists. Continue reading

Various Artists – Soul of the Holidays

WHUR 96.3 is very proud to present its inaugural Soul of the Holidays, direct-to-DVD/CD holiday musical extravaganza. This DVD/CD music compilation truly defines the sound and “soul” of classic holiday favorites featuring the vocals and music stylings of Spur of the Moment, Angie Stone, Joe, Phil Perry, Maysa, Brian Culbertson, Plunky, Vanessa Renee Williams, Tony Rich and Mike Phillips.

These “soulful” and contemporary renditions and performances are sure to inspire and ignite the spirit of the holiday season in its listeners and supporters. Soul of the Holidays was recorded live at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Proceeds from the Soul of the Holidays DVD/CD sales will benefit and support WHUR’s nonprofit organization, “FOOD2FEED”.

Soul of the Holidays is exclusively available at www.souloftheholidays.org.