Blue Velvet Soul

Blue Velvet Soul

by MaysaMaysa


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Released less than two years after Motions of Love, Blue Velvet Soul also follows the passing of Maysa's mother and the extended bout of writer's block that ensued. Going by the varied strengths of Blue Velvet Soul, one wouldn't know that the singer pulled herself out of a creative rut. Maysa gets some help from familiar and new songwriting and production collaborators, including Incognito's Bluey, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, and Lorenzo Johnson. One of three Bluey collaborations, "Good Morning Sunrise," is a gorgeous and plush midtempo duet, among a handful of highlights from the album's mostly relaxed front half. More notable standouts are saved for the album's back half, which continually shifts gears in pleasing ways. "Quiet Fire," written by Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Cheryl Friberg for Nancy Wilson's 1988 album Nancy Now!, is a surprising and inspired choice and should be a deathless staple of any contemporary quiet storm program. "This Much," produced my Mike City, recalls early-'90s house with its piano-led groove and uplifting spirit. Another Bluey tune, "Nothing But You," begins like an homage to disco-funk band GQ prior to unspooling into airy but confident pure disco. The album is laced with lyrical phrases that are likely to ping a soul fanatic's radar -- "hangin' on a string," "young hearts run free," "here, my dear," "let a woman be a woman, and a man be a man," and so forth -- but they all float by inconspicuously, like it's all happenstance, just part of another enjoyable and all-purpose Maysa album.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351540621
catalogNumber: 5406
Rank: 21606

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maysa   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Watson   Trombone
Dawn Tallman   Background Vocals
Mike City   Background Vocals
Theljon Allen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Eugen Botos   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Bluey   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Maysa Leak   Musician

Technical Credits

Kimberly Brewer   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Richard Bull   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dave Darlington   Engineer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Composer,Producer
Angela Phillips   Composer
Ernie McKone   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Johnny "Hammond" Smith   Composer
Mike City   Composer,Producer
Toby Baker   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Nicolas Laget   translation
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Loeíen Babajian   Cover Design
Treasure "Big Trez" Iwuoha   Engineer
Kenny Wesley   translation
Eugen Botos   Composer,Producer
Mo Hausler   Engineer
Lorenzo Johnson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Bluey   Producer
Maysa Leak   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Rusch   Engineer
Ludovit Rigo   drum programming,Bass Programming,Guitar Programming
Cheryl Friberg   Composer
Vincent Richardson   Composer
Ralf Urban   Cover Design,Logo

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