Patti Austin – Body Language (1980/2016) [e-Onkyo FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Patti Austin – Body Language (1980/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:21 minutes | 1,23 GB  | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama

A sweet blend of jazz and soul from Patti Austin – and a set that’s a bit different than some other CTI albums of the 70s – given that it was recorded down south, at deep soul powerhouse Muscle Shoals! The sound is surprisingly rootsy on a few numbers – and warmly jazzy on others – and Patti’s still got all the polish she picked up from her years with Quincy Jones, but she’s also stepping out a bit more as an artist with a stronger emotional palette. Austin works with some great original material that includes the tracks “(Ooh-Wee) He’s Killing Me” and “I Can’t Stop” – as well as surprising covers, like Squeeze’s “Another Nail From My Heart”, Isaac Hayes’ “Body Language”, and Bob Seeger’s “We’ve Got Tonight”.

The fourth album Patti Austin cut for the CTI label wasn’t much different from the previous three. It was a patchwork quilt: a little fusion, a little quasi-jazz, some urban contemporary material, and even a standard or two. She sang them all with ease and grace, although things were so smooth that they were almost comatose at times. Austin would later go on to score much bigger hits working with Quincy Jones, who at least injected enough hooks and tricks into his urban contemporary stuff to grab someone’s attention. –AllMusic Review by Ron Wynn

1 Body Language 5:03
2 Another Nail For My Heart 3:12
3 S.O.S. 3:53
4 We’ve Got Tonight 4:15
5 (Ooh-Wee) He’s Killing Me 3:25
6 I Can’t Stop 3:27
7 Love Me Again 3:41
8 Soar Me Like An Eagle Flies 3:30
9 People In Love (Do The Strangest Things) 2:45
10 I Want You Tonight 3:40

Alto Saxophone – Jerry Dodgion
Arranged By – Jeremy Wall, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Backing Vocals – Ava Aldridge, Cindy Richardson, Marie Tomlinson Clark
Bass – David Hood, Will Lee
Conductor – Jeremy Wall
Drums – Roger Hawkins
Guitar – Duncan Cameron, Jimmy Johnson, John Tropea
Keyboards – Jeremy Wall, Randy McCormick
Percussion – Mickey Buckins
Saxophone – Michael Brecker
Trombone – Jim Pugh
Trumpet – Randy Brecker
Vocals – Patti Austin