Philip Bailey – Soul On Jazz (2002)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:53 minutes | Covers included | 3,37 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Covers included | 1,01 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel surround sound | Genre: Jazz, Soul
Vocalist Philip Bailey’s high-flying falsetto made Earth, Wind & Fire an immortal supergroup. On this album, he’s backed by a streamlined combo featuring saxophonist Bob Belden, keyboardists Scott Kinsey and Myron McKinley, and remixer DJ Smash. Nine of the 11 tracks are updated classic jazz, pop, and R&B/fusion-tinged tunes, from Nat “King” Cole’s “Nature Boy” to Freddie Hubbard’s “On the Red Clay”. Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby My Dear” is revived as a quiet-storm ballad, “Dear Ruby”. “My Indiscretions”, Bailey’s take on the funky, futuristic Weather Report jam, “Indiscretions”, features catchy lyrics by the singer’s son, Sir Bailey. Chick Corea’s “Sometime Ago” is turned into a club-friendly dance number, while Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me a Bedtime Story” is retouched with Afro-Latin tinges. The church-inspired EW&F hit, “Keep Your Head to the Sky”, is rendered with hip-hop-styled rim shots. Philip Bailey’s vocalisms show that Soul on Jazz does mix.
There was a strong jazz vibe running through some of Philip Bailey’s sides with Earth, Wind & Fire. On Soul on Jazz, his second release for Heads Up International, co-producer Bailey remakes several jazz standards, some with new lyrics by his son, Sir Bailey. The foray is most successful on Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby My Dear,” a percussive take on Gene McDaniels’ “Compared to What,” and Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” R&B and jazz stylishly intersect on the smooth airy ballad “Unrestrained.” Bailey redoes the EWF classic “Keep Your Head to the Sky,” giving it a mellow sheen that’s close to one of his past cuts, “Children of the Ghetto.” On that and his dusky cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Tell Me a Bedtime Story” and the loopy “Bop-Skip-Doodle,” Bailey flexes his legendary falsetto. More jazz-oriented than Dreams, Soul on Jazz benefits from the sharing of production chores with Myron McKinley, Bob Belden, and Scott Kinsey. The album is definitely on track.
01. My Indisrections
02. Dear Ruby
03. Compared To What
04. Nature Boy
07. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
08. Keep Your Head To The Sky
09. Sometime Ago
10. Tell Me A Bedtime Story
11. On The Red Clay