Bman’s Blues Report Album Review – “Mojo”
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I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mojo, from Al Corte’ and it’s a cool soul & R&B release. Opening with title track, Mojo, lead singer Al Corte’ sets the stage for this cool track with a solid melody and nice vocals. Featuring Leroy Hodges on bass, Rev. Charles Hodges Sr. on B3 and Steve Potts on drums, this track hums with a strong guitar solo by Michael Toles and backing vocals by Candice Rayburn, Sharisse Norman and Stefanie Bolton. Also contributing throughout the release are Jim Spake on tenor sax, Kirk Smothers on bari sax, Lannie McMillan Jr. on tenor sax, Marc Franklin on trumpet and flugelhorn. I’ll Never Lose My Love For The Blues features a cool slide riffs by Brad Webb and a strong bottom end. Very cool. John Nemeth’s harp contributions to Juke Joint Jive add a crisp edge to this soulful stepper and I particularly like the Hammond work by Hodges and the soulful work by Smothers on the bottom. Soul tune, Blessed To Have Your Nearhas a super gospel edge nicely complimented by Hodges Sr. on piano and the strong overall vocals.It’s A Good Day has a really cool groove with moving percussion by Corte’ and perfect accents by Franklin, Hodges, Rayburn, Norman and Bolton. Very nice. Wrapping the release is soul ballad, You Hurt Me So Good showcasing Corte’ at his best, with warm backing vocal harmonies, Ron Miller.s piano, Hodges Sr’s B3 and McMillan Jr.s tenor sax. Excellent closer.