Robin Duhe - Life (2009)

Robin Duhe - Life (2009)

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Artist: Robin Duhe
Title Of Album: Life
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Blaise Two Enterprises
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Format: MP3
Bitrate: CBR 192 kbps
Tracks: 15
Total Time: 01:09:27
Total Size: 94 MB
01. Heavy Traffic
02. Happy Feelin's
03. Life (Gets in the Way)
04. Deja Vu
05. 1133 Funk-A-Donk
06. Where You Are
07. Don't Asky My Neighbor
08. Beginnings
09. Say It
10. Sunset
11. Tequila Sunrise
12. Me, Myself, & I
13. He Will See You Through
14. Life (Gets in the Way)
15. Put Your Guns Up
Robin Duhe (vocals, spoken vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, fretless bass, programming, drum programming, background vocals);
Robert Collier (vocals, keyboards);
Derick Hughes, Freddie Hughes, Tony Lindsey (vocals);
Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar);
Vince Lars (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone);
Gary Jones (saxophone);
Rodney Franklin (Fender Rhodes piano);
Donnie Davis (organ, keyboards);
Eric Daniels (keyboards);
Dante "Taz" Roberson (drums, cymbals);
James Henry & The Olympics (percussion).
Life by Robin Duhe - reviewed by Chris Mann
After three decades of recording and touring with Maze, Robin stepped out in 2004 to embark on a solo career. This is his second solo album, following ‘Do it Duhe’ and it really is a labour of love as he fell dangerously ill while recording it. The title has taken on a deep significance.
So what’s Robin’s sound like in 2009?
‘Heavy Traffic’ grabs me from the opening bars. The bass sounds are more high-tech than those 70’s and 80’s recordings but make no mistake, that groove and that soul is there
‘Life (Gets in the Way)’ is a smooth mid-tempo vocal song and both lead and background vocals are very classy indeed.
Like your funk heavy? ‘1133 Funk-a-Donk’ certainly brings a smile to my face. If you can listen to this gut-bucket bass, clicking rhythm guitar and slightly sinister rock guitar lick and not think of Funkadelic, then your music collection is probably very different from mine. In contrast, ‘Where you Are’ unfolds like a ballad that any of America’s top soul bands would have produced in the 70’s. The instrumentation is bang up to date but the feel is heavenly retro.
Skip Scarborough’s ‘Don’t Ask my Neighbors’ receives a lovely instrumental treatment here and the lyrical side of Duhe’s playing is to the fore. Keyboards, percussion and sax complete the picture. Highly romantic.
Whoa - ‘Beginnings’ launches you straight into Stanley Clarke territory. It has a brooding synth drum track underpinning layers of bass soloing. He’s seriously stretching out here…
On ‘Say It’, the funk is light, tight and utterly addictive. The bass bounces, the snare snaps and the male vocals are very gritty.
From ‘Sunset’ to ‘Tequila Sunrise’. Songs with a Latin flavour are often a nice surprise for me on contemporary jazz albums. This gently keyboard-led song shifts moods more than most Latin songs but it won’t throw you off balance and, at a full seven minutes long, it will draw you in. There are layers of bass soloing on the interlude ‘Me, Myself & I’. A clever title, now I come to think of it.

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