Zic-A-Zac Album Review – Al Corté “Mojo”
He began as many American artists to sing in the choir of his parish and it is gradually that in the image of different members of his family he began to expand his field of action to finally start a career as an artist in the 60’s by becoming the front man of the Cavemen who will open among other things for Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis, then performing with various formations before moving to the other side of the microphone in the early 90s and become a producer and manager.
Finally returning to his first love with a first personal album released in 2015, Al Corte ‘confirms this year with a second effort that he is able to hold the distance if we try to compare it to various sizes of the rhythm’n blues and soul that occupy the front of the scene today. Supported by a team featuring Michael Toles on guitars, Leroy ” Flick ” Hodges Jr. on bass, Rev. Charles Hodges Sr. Hammond organ and Steve Potts on drums but also many guests like John Nemeth on the harmonica, Lawrence ” Boo ” Mitchell on the piano and all that Memphis has brass, strings and Al Corte ‘will perform an anthology of original pieces written by his accomplices Ron Miller with whom he co-authored three of the twelve titles. Recorded at the famous Royal Studios by Willie Mitchell and produced by his brilliant descendant Boo Mitchell, “Mojo” will directly take us back to the best of Memphis soul and in particular to everything that came out in the big time on the labels Stax and Hi Records, finding not only the sound that characterized these masterpieces but also the dynamics that led the artists to record them.
So we will be convinced without resisting for a moment by songs filled with chorus and brass but also guitars and keyboards, compositions like “Love Thang”, “Juke Joint Jive”, “I’m Ready”, “We Are Just A Boy And A Girl “or” You Hurt Me So Good “that make” Mojo “an album that is likely to awaken the soul fiber of each and even without the slightest doubt the most jaded. A voice that seems to be made to measure for this kind of exercise and musicality of all times, arrangements sought and production at the top … Doing better would undoubtedly have been too much!