Benjamin, Lakecia - Retox

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Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin, who has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray, will take center stage in her own right with the release of her highly original soul/funk album, RETOX, on Membran/Motéma Music.

While she's made quite an impact with her impressive sax work on stage and on record, Benjamin opted to take a slightly different tack on RETOX, allowing her talents as a composer and producer to share the spotlight with her funky sax struts. In fact, several of the CD's 12 tracks don't even feature sax. „This album is really a fruition of years of songwriting as much as it is a showcase for my sax playing and horn arrangements," said Benjamin. On songs like „My Love" and „Share" she's chosen to let the vocals carry the song. „I was more concerned with doing justice to my compositions than putting a sax solo in every song."

Benjamin began her career at the young age of 12, eventually earning a scholarship at the New School in New York and landing stints with some of the most respected artists in jazz, including trumpet giant, Clark Terry and experimental jazz icon Reggie Workman. On RETOX, she shows off her impeccable, purist jazz resume with a deep, kaleidoscopic and ingeniously arranged mix of original old school soul and funk songs as well as a Stevie Wonder classic, "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." An A-list of edgy vocalists, both established and emerging talent such as Krystle Warren, Amp Fiddler, Maya Azucena, Chinah Blac and Melanie Charles, join Benjamin on an album that's as electrifyingly diverse as the cast that plays on it.

„I call my band SoulSquad because, even as a kid, I always wanted to play like I was in an army of funky musicians," says Benjamin. Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin's soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level. The constant throughout it all is Benjamin's summery, sultry alto saxophone, adding something special, on every cut - be it a smoldering late-night ambience, an erudite, forceful jazz intensity or the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections that pepper the proceedings throughout. Hit producer Ben Kane (D'Angelo, Krystle Warren), who engineered and co-produced the album with Benjamin, gives the tracks a rich, full-bodied analog sound, that nods to the great radio hits from the golden age of soul.

„With many artists, the musical compositions are conceived as a vehicle for that artist's own voice to shine. Working with Lakecia is a bit different in the sense that it is really the compositions themselves where she lends much of her musical voice. The goal on RETOX was to do each song justice, regardless of what role her saxophone would play. In doing so, I tried to keep a certain rawness that would allow for the soul of each song to shine though. It is that raw soul I think that unites the seemingly different genres featured on this album and reflects who Lakecia is as an artist and composer."
Artikelnummer 233645
Streckkod 0885150336458
Utgivningsdatum 2012-11-07
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag Motéma
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Benjamin, Lakecia
Disk: 1
1 Soulsquad
2 Keep Talkin'
3 Maceo
4 Share My Life
5 My Love
6 Human Being
7 Jump and Shout
8 Smile
9 Get Down
10 Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
11 Dreams
12 Slow Juice
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