Retro soul done right! Thom Douvan does the Funk Brothers proud!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Thom Douvan's Brother Brother embraces that classic soul / jazz sound of yesterday while a deceptively subtle funk vibe smolders just below the surface. Sounds like? Try and imagine that harmonic happy place where the sounds of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and George Benson all merge to form the contemporary sound that is Thom Douvan. The color palate here includes some blues infused soul and an open ended lyrical sense of purpose that pushes what some might considerable a predictable sound to that of a personal artistic vision as performed by Douvan.
The tunes you know, "What's Going On" along with "Ain't Nobody" and "That's The Way of The World." Douvan constructs clean angular lines with a group of Motown's top session men including James Gasdon, Tony Malfatti, and the late Ralph Penland. A smooth jazz riff? Not hardly, this is old school soul with an improvisational flair reminiscent of some of the great Grant Green Blue Note recordings from the mid 60's. Improvisational soul music, a rare commodity in the sometimes sound alike world of contemporary jazz.
A throw back release with plenty of modern day flair, Thom Douvan strikes gold with this stellar release dedicated to Funk Brothers Johnny Griffith and Richard "Pistol" Allen.
Tracks: Harvest For The World; That's The Way of The World; For The Love of You; Anniversary; Ain't Nobody; You're Welcome, Stop On By; What's Going On; Sara Smile; Isn't She Lovely; So Amazing; With You I'm Born Again; What You Won't Do For Love; The Water Is Wide; Someday We'll All Be Free; If I Ain't Got You.
Personnel: Thom Douvan: Guitar; Duncan McMillan: Hammond Organ (except 14); Tony Malfatti: Saxophone; Ralph Penland: Drums (1,2,4,12,13); Frank Wilson: Drums (3,5); James Gadson: Drums (6,7); Michael Barsimanto: Drums (8,11,14); Tony Moore: Drums (9,10,15); Bobby Pierce: Hammond Organ (14).
Special Thanks to Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations.